The PetSafe Pet Porte Smart Flap is one of the latest generation of smart, microchipped catflaps.
One of the big problems with a standard cat flap is with other cats coming into your house. Obviously, that’s not something that you want. A microchip catflap gets round this by reading the chip on any cat trying to get in and only letting those with a microchip it recognizes through.
Another advantage of this type of catflap is that they lock, forming a draft-proof seal, as drafts can be a major issue with standard catflaps.
This model can be programmed for up to 40 different cats. It can be programmed easily, just put your cat’s head in the back and then you press the button inside and it registers the microchip with your cat.
There are a few manual override settings so that you can set it to only allow cats in, only allow them out or lock it totally. This is great if your cat has recently had vet treatment and you know you want to control whether your cat can go in or out
This is done by rotating switch on the front, so that’s quite a good feature and something I’ve not seen on many of the other cat flaps
Installation is no harder than a standard catflap. You get a cutting guide template which shows you exactly where to cut out. You can either do this yourself or get a handyman or glazier to do this (depending on whether it is a wood or glass door) You can then slide your catflap into place and secure it with two screws that bolt in and that that’s pretty much it really!
It does require 4 AAA batteries to run it, although some models do come with the option of using mains power (although we would suggest you still keep some batteries in there in case of a power cut locking your moggy out!) it comes with a three year warranty, so you know you are backed up if anything goes wrong, and it is large enough to take anything up to an 8 KG cat, which will cover the vast majority of domestic cats
It’It’s well-priced the market, well built and backed by a 3 year warranty. Added to this is the ability for it to remember up to 40 microchips and you have a very capable cat flap