If your cat has an older style, incompatible microchip or you don’t want to have it chipped, the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap may be the solution.
This cat flap can work with RFID tags that can be bought and attached to you cat’s collar.
What other features does the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap offer and is it worth the money? Let’s find out.
- Can be programmed to recognise up to 40 pets
- Quick and simple three-step installation
- 4-way manual locking system
- Draught resistant
- Suitable for glass, wood, PVC, and UPVC doors as well as glass walls and panels
- Two magnetic closure locking points to save energy and increase heat retention
- Powered by 4 AA batteries that should last for up to 12 months with two cats
- 12-month battery life (when only a few cats use the cat flap)
- Low battery indicator
- Three-step installation and is suitable for PVC, UPVC, wood, brick and glass walls
- Uses RFID technology
- Easy to programme
- Draught resistant
- 4-way locking system gives you more control over your cat’s roaming
- Not suitable for larger cats
- Installation accessories must be bought separately
PetSafe RFID Cat Flap Review
An RFID tag works similarly to a microchip, and you can program the PetSafe Cat Flap to recognise the RFID tags of your cats and allow them to come and go through the flap while keeping intruders away.
So, the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap works similarly to any other microchip cat flap.
With an opening of 146 mm x 135 mm, it can accommodate pets of up to 8 kg. This means that the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap might not be the ideal option for very large cats.
It can be programmed to recognise up to 40 pets, which means that it is a good choice for multi-cat households. However, note that you will need a good supply of AA batteries if you have 30 to 40 cats using the flap every day as the batteries will need regular changing.
If only a few cats come and go through the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap, the battery should last for up to 12 months. A low battery indicator is there to alert you when the battery is about to die and needs changing.
The flap makes some sound when unlocking and locking, but that isn’t something you should be greatly concerned about as your cats will eventually get used to it.
The PetSafe RFID Cat Flap comes with clear instructions. Often with these kinds of products, the instructions are frustrating and confusing to follow, but fortunately, this isn’t the case with this cat flap. You will find it easier to complete the installation following the instructions included with the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap. In addition to the installation guide, a cutting template is also included in the package that you can use to cut a hole in the door and fit the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap.
The PetSafe RFID Cat Flap is one of the few cat flaps that are truly draught-resistant. Cutting a hole out of a door to install a cat flap can compromise your door’s heat retention capabilities. Many other cat flaps aren’t draught-proof, and they allow the weather to affect the indoor temperature of your home.
The PetSafe RFID Cat Flap takes insulation very seriously and boasts a special insulating design to reduce draughts and improve efficiency. Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap will keep the weather out of your home.
The opening of the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap measures 146 mm x 135 mm while the tunnel depth of the flap is 75 mm. This means that the flap should accommodate thick doors. The frame which holds the cat flap in place and stores the batteries measures a total of 220 mm x 239 mm. This isn’t a very large size and is only wide enough for cats that weigh up to 8 kg.
The PetSafe RFID Cat Flap is quite easy to install. First, make sure that your cat has the right type of RFID tag or microchip to work with the cat flap.
Simply fix the supplied template at the right height – your cat’s belly is 10 to 15 cm from the floor, so this is the adequate height. Use the template to accurately drill holes and then cut the opening in the door. Then simply fit both sides of the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap on the door, and your cat will get the hang of it in no time.
The PetSafe RFID Cat Flap features a central 4-way locking system to keep unwanted intruders away from your premises. With this locking system, you can lock the flap in four different ways. These include:
- Allow entry but no exit
- Allow exit but no entry
- Allow both entry and exit
- Completely locked
These locking options give you complete control over your cats’ roaming habits. For example, you can set the flap to allow entry but no exit if your cat is roaming outside and you want to bring it inside the house and keep it indoors for some time.
You can set the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap to allow exit but no entry if you wish to keep your cat outdoors. The setting to allow both entry and exit can be used when you want your cat to come and go out of the home as they please. At night or when a visit to the vet is due, you can completely lock the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap so that your cat cannot leave the house.
Programming the RFID tags or microchips of your cats is incredibly simple – you just have to entice your cat to go through the flap wearing their RFID tag or microchip and it will be recognised.
As mentioned earlier, the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap can be set up to recognise up to 40 different pets.
Door Types Supported
The Pet Mate Cat Mate Microchip Cat Flap can be installed on almost all types of doors including PVC, UPVC, and wood. Not only that, but you can even fit it through walls and glass panels. However, for installation into metal, glass, PVC, or brick doors, you will need to purchase tunnel extensions and a PetSafe installation adaptor.
4 AA batteries are used to power the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap, and if only a couple of cats are using the flap, it’ll last for about 12 months. When the batteries need to be replaced, you will be alerted via the low battery indicator so that you can install new batteries and prevent your cat from getting locked outside.
The PetSafe is a lightweight, durable, and simplistic product. It boasts several essential features and is cost-efficient. The 4-way locking system gives you complete control over your cats’ roaming while RFID support allows you to programme the cat flap to only allow your cat to come and go using the flap and keep the intruders away.
Installation of the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap is easy thanks to the installation guide and templates, and it can be installed on almost all types of doors including PVC, UPVC, and wood. One of the most impressive features of the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap is that it is draught-resistant. While other cat flaps would compromise the heat retention capabilities of your door, this cat flap takes insulation very seriously and features a special insulating design to reduce draughts and improve efficiency.
In a nutshell, if you are looking for a reasonably priced cat flap that boasts impressive features and RFID capability, then the PetSafe RFID Cat Flap can be a great option for you. We can easily recommend this product because at this price range, there aren’t many cat flaps that offer so much.