Microchip Cat Flap Reviews For 2017- We compare 6 of the best microchip cat flaps

Microchip Cat Flap Reviews For 2017- We compare 6 of the best microchip cat flaps

Microchip Cat Flap Reviews For 2017- We compare 6 of the best microchip cat flaps

BEST MICROCHIP CAT FLAP

After hours of intensive research, we have found that the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap is the best model for most cat owners, looking for a cat flap to allow entry and exit of your home, while if course, keeping other neighboring cats out.

Its a very durable, quality product and is very simple and easy to program and use. It has a long battery life of up to 1 year and comes with 3 years warranty,

One important consideration that we took into account, was the excellent customer service provided by SureFlap, from speaking with customers and reading reviews, its clear that they take customer service very serious and will all ways resolve any issues, customers may have. Its also one of the best priced models available and has some of the best reviews online.

BEST MICROCHIP CAT FLAP - Sureflap microchip cat flap review

OUR TOP PICK

SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap

  • 4-way manual lock for controlled entry and exit
  • Also suitable for glass doors
  • Program up to 32 pets
  • 1 year typical battery life with low battery indicator light
  • 3 Years warranty for extra peace of mind.

Also available in brown - View on Amazon.co.uk here

For 3 years running the SureFlap Microchip Cat
Flap is our 'Best Pick'. After further research, our
new value pick is the Cat Mate Microchip Cat Flap

The comparison table below can be used to compare the best microchip cat flaps available.

Microchip cat flap comparison table

 
Sureflap Microchip Cat Flap
SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap - Brown
SureFlap DualScan Microchip Cat Flap
SureFlap Microchip Pet Door
PetSafe Petporte Smart Flap Microchip Cat Door
Cat Mate Microchip Cat Flap






Number of pets that can be programmed
32 pets32 pets32 pets32 pets25 pets9 pets
Selective Exit
NoNoYesNoNoNo
Timer Control
NoNoNoYesYesYes
Accessories included
N/AN/AN/AIncludes RFID collar tag N/AN/A
Flap opening dimensions W(mm) x H(mm)
142 x 120mm142 x 120mm142 x 120mm178 x 170mmN/A144 x 150mm
Power source
4 x AA batteries - (not included)4 x AA batteries - (not included)4 x AA batteries - (not included4 x C cell batteries (not included)Mains powered with 1 9V battery back-up4 x AA Batteries
Warranty Included3 Years warranty3 Years warranty3 Years warranty3 Years warranty3 Years warranty3 Years warranty
Additional FeaturesN/AN/ADualScan Technology (exit permissions for each individual pet allowing to keep some cats indoors)Suitable for large cats & small dogsConstantly scanning, allows authorised cats immediate entry - Night Mode & Timer control - Child Lock keypadLCD display shows entry/exit lock status, cat location and time since flap last used for up to 3 cats
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Why buy a microchip cat flap

The humble cat flap has long been a favorite of the cat owner as it offers an excellent way for your beloved feline friends to enter and leave your home when ever they want.

But there is a problem with the standard cat flap designs, they also give access to other small wild animals and other local cats which has been a problem for many cat owners as they enter your home, often during the night.

Next came lockable cat flaps, but these, all though a great improvement, were very limited and can only be set to open, fully locked, out only but they can still let other cats in, depending on the setting.

Then came magnetic cat flaps, a big improvement on older models, they work by using a magnetic key which is fitted to the collar. This magnetic key triggers the cat flap to open only to your cat, but they have obvious potential problems, such as the collar getting trapped and falling off while your cats out and about, to put it simply, they have proved to be a little unreliable.

In short, the new range of microchip cat flaps are simply the best option and if you buy a quality model, manufactured by a trusted brand such as Sureflap or Petsafe, then the only regret you will have is that you did not buy one sooner.

After doing countless hours of intensive research which included reading hundreds of user reviews on Amazon, other websites and forums as well as speaking to owners who have purchased them, we have compared them all to highlight the Top 6 Microchip cats flaps.

Benefits of using a microchip cat flap

Microchip cat flaps are more expensive than most other types of cat flaps, with prices starting at just over £50 for a good model. However they do offer many extra features such as timers, vet mode, night mode, selective entry and exit and many more, these features were simply not possible with older basic cat flap designs.

The most obvious advantage is that only your own cat can pass through the cat flap which means no more stray cats or other small wild animals paying a visit into your home.

They are easy to fit and can be installed in walls, doors and even glass, all though we would highly recommend getting an glacier fitter to install the cat flap onto a glass door.

Watch the video below to see what makes Sureflap microchip cat flaps the best cat flap

Microchip cat flap features

  • Microchip compatibility - All the microchip cat flaps that have made it onto our “Top 6" are compatible with nearly all microchips worldwide which include 9, 10, 15 digit microchips and RFID Tags. RFID tags are simply small microchip collar tags that can be used, should you not have your cat microchiped.

    If your cat does not have a microchip fitted we would highly recommend having your cat chipped as RFID tags on collars can be lost if your cat looses it’s collar, not to mention the advantage of your cat being found should it get lost or be involved in a accident as it can be scanned and returned to you.
  • Battery Indicator - All the models we have reviewed all have low battery indicator lights fitted to them, they simply alert you when the battery is low by flashing. Batteries usually last around 12 months under normal use.
  • Extra lock system - All the models we have reviewed have a 4 way lock system as standard. The 4 way lock system simply means that you can set the cat flap to “in only”, “out only”, “both ways” or “completely locked”.
  • Selective Entry & Exit - Selective entry means that only animals registered can enter your home, all our recommended cat flaps have this feature. Selective exit means that if you have more than one cat then you can let only one cat leave your home, while ensuring the other cat stays indoors. This can be handy if one or more cats cannot go out for some reason such as a vets appointment or is not allowed out for any other reason.
  • Number of pets that can be programmed - Most cat flaps can be programmed with at least 25 cats with some models able to register up to 32 cats.
  • Timer control for added safety - Some models have timer control, this means you can set the cat flap to only work between certain times, this is handy for stopping your cat going outside between certain times of the day, when it is dark.

    The PetSafe Petporte Smart Flap even has a dusk to dawn setting that ensures the cat flap only works when it is daylight to help avoid the risk of a road traffic accident. It also has a “vet setting” to ensure it can enter the home but not exit, handy for keeping your cat indoors until its been to the vets.
  • Power Source - All microchip cat flaps need a power source and most models simply use 4 x AA batteries. They usually last around 12 months before needing to be changed and all models have a low battery warning light.

    The PetSafe Smart Flap model is mains powered with a battery backup just in case.

OUR BEST PICK

Sureflap Microchip Cat Flap Review

Sureflap microchip cat flap review

After careful consideration and hours of research, we have named the “Sureflap Microchip Cat Flap” as our Best Pick cat flap,

This was not an easy decision to make as all of the Top 6 Microchip cat flaps on our list are excellent cat flaps and they all have their own pros and cons depending on what you need from a cat flap.

So why would we recommend this model over all the others available

We feel that the Sureflap microchip cat flap, has all the features that most cat owners would prefer.

It is the best selling cat flap on Amazon.co.uk with nearly 3000 customer user reviews, the majority of which are very positive. In fact the reviews are so good, that on Amazon, it has a user star rating of 4.7 out of 5, which is the best star rating of any microchip cat flap available at the moment.

PROS

  • Sleek modern design, very well made and easy to program with the simple click of a button and easy to install and fit.
  • It has all the features you would expect from a quality cat flap including a 4 way manual lock for controlled entry and exit, this means you can set the cat flap to In only, out only, both ways and fully locked.
  • You can program up to 32 cats into the cat flaps memory.
  • Will work with nearly all microchips worldwide which include 9, 10, 15 digit microchips and RFID Tags. We recommend scanning your cat before installing the cat flap just in case its not comparible.
  • Powered by 4 x AA batteries, this means it can be fitted anywhere without the need for mains power. It also has a low battery indicator light to alert you when the battery is low. Batteries last around 12 months under normal use.
  • Comes with 3 years warranty for your peace of mind.
  • Customer service, they have an exceptional and very helpful customer service which is just a call away. They will do everything possible to resolve any problems, many reviews on Amazon.co.uk comment on how good the customer service at Sureflap is and how they all ways resolve any problems you might have.

CONS

There are a few features which the Sureflap microchip cat flap does not have.

  • Selective Exit - This feature is great if you have more than one cat and one cat is not allowed to go outside. This could be simply because one of your cats is going to the vets or is permanently not allowed outside. What ever reason, this feature is must to overcome this problem. If you need this excellent feature then 'Sureflap' do have a similar model (SureFap DualScan Microchip Cat Flap), which does have this extra feature. This is the only model which actually has this feature fitted.
  • This model does not have “Timer Control”, this is great if you want to stop your cat going outside between certain hours of the day such as when it is dark.
  • The only other negative point is that if you have a larger than normal cat, it may not fit through the cat flap easily or at all. Some cat owners who have had cats around 6.5kg mark have commented on this problem. Luckily Sureflap do have another larger model (SureFlap Pet Door) which has a larger opening of 178 x 170mm which is designed with this in mind, this model does also have the timer control feature,

Conclusion

When you buy this model, you get excellent value for money, specially when compared to other similar models we have looked at. With SureFlap, you get a quality product you can trust. It comes with 3 years warranty and from the hundreds of reviews we have looked through during our research, its very clear that Sureflap have an excellent customer service team, that will ensure you are happy and have everything working perfectly.

If you buy this model, you want be disappointed. This cat flap is also available in brown for those, where white would not be suitable for your door. 

SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Review - Brown model

OUR 'BEST PICK' IN BROWN

SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap - Brown

This model is the brown version of our 'Best Pick' for those who need this fantastic cat flap in brown.

  • 4-way manual lock for controlled entry and exit
  • suitable also for glass doors
  • Program up to 32 pets
  • 1 year typical battery life with low battery indicator light
  • 3 Years warranty for extra peace of mind.

THE ONLY MODEL WITH SELECTIVE EXIT
You can now control which cats can go outdoors

Sureflap Dualscan Microchip Cat Flap Review

SureFlap Dual Scam Microchip Cat Flap Review

The 'SureFlap Dual scan microchip cat flap' is a slightly more advanced verson of our 'Best Pick'. the 'SureFap Microchip Cat Flap'

The 'Dual Scan Technology', is what makes this model slightly more advanced than the standard model. With the dual scan feature, you can program the cat flap to only let certain cats out.

This means if you have more than one cat, but you have one of more cats that are not allowed outdoors, you can now keep those cats in but still let other cats exit as they wish.

This feature is also useful if you need to keep one of your cats indoors for a vets appointments etc. With the standard Microchip cat flap, this would only be possible by using the manual lock by setting it to entry only so that its locked for exit, the problem with this is that no cats would be able to go out with this setting.

PROS

  • Selective Exit - This feature is great if you have more than one cat and one cat is not allowed to go outside. This could be simply because one of your cats is going to the vets or is permanently not allowed out.

    If you do not need this feature then our 'Best Pick', would be a better choice and would save you around £10, as its a little cheaper to buy.
  • Sleek modern design, durable quality plastic, easy to program with the simple click of a button and easy to install with lots of extras such as tunnel attachments to ensure its fits all types of doors.
  • 4 way manual lock for controlled entry and exit, this means you can set the cat flap to 'In only', 'out only;' 'both ways' and 'fully locked'.
  • If you have more than one cat, no problem. You can program up to 32 cats into the cat flaps memory.
  • Will work with nearly all microchips worldwide which include 9, 10, 15 digit microchips and RFID Tags which can be purchased separately.
  • Powered by 4 x AA batteries so can be fixed anywhere without the need for mains power. It also features a low battery indicator light to alert you when the battery is low. Batteries last around 12 months under normal use.
  • Comes with 3 years warranty for your peace of mind
  • Customer service, they have an exceptional and very helpful customer service which is just a call away. 

CONS

There are a few features which the Sureflap Dualscan microchip cat flap does not have.

  • This model does not have “Timer Control”, this is great if you want to stop your cat going outside between certain hours of the day such as when it is dark.
  • The only other negative point is that if you have a larger than normal cat, it may not fit through the cat flap easily or at all. Some cat owners who have had cats around 6.5kg mark have commented on this problem. Luckily Sureflap do have another larger model (SureFlap Pet Door) which has a larger opening of 178 x 170mm which is designed with this in mind, it also have timer control.

Conclusion

This Dual Scan model is another highly rated microchip cat flap, if you do have more than one cat and need to keep some indoors while letting other cats out, then this is a great feature which makes this possible.

This cat flap is the only model which has dual scan capabilities, this makes it a little unique and may not be suitable for everybody, specially if you only have one cat. 

However, if this extra feature is something your looking for, then this microchip cat flap would be worth considering.


INCLUDES NIGHT MODE & VET MODE

PetSafe PetPorte Smart Flap

Petsafe Petporte smart microchip cat flap review

The 'PetSafe Petporte Smart Flap' is a more advanced microchip cat flap with all the basic features you would expect and more. Its designed to give your cats easy access to the outside, without letting other strange cats enter your home.

This cat flap can be wall mounted or door mounted and can be fitted to any standard door, whether it be wooden or PVC and even metal and glass doors. It can also be fitted to brick walls.

This model is compatible with UK and EU standard 15-digit microchips, unlike most other cat flaps.

Mains Powered

This model is the only mains powered cat flap available, but it also has a 9v backup battery to ensure it still works should there be no mains power for some reason.

It has a 4-way manual lock for controlled entry and exit, and you can program up to 25 pets into the cat flap at the push of a button.

Because this model is mains powered, this enables it to constantly scan which allows authorized cats immediate entry.

It also has timer control, this means you can set the time your cat can use the cat flap and go outside and keep it indoors during certain times.

Vets mode and Night mode

Two other features, only found on this model is 'vet mode', this setting simply only allows cats to enter the home and not exit, this is very handy when you have a vets appointment.

The other very useful setting is 'Night Mode'. this model has a light sensor which activates 'in only' at dusk when it goes dark. At dawn it automatically allows free exit so your cats are free to go out in the morning. This reduces the risks of your cat becoming involved in a road traffic accident at night and helps keep them safe.

PROS

  • Modern design with clear door which most cats prefer
  • 4 way manual lock for controlled entry and exit, this means you can set the cat flap to 'In only', 'out only;' 'both ways' and 'fully locked'.
  • If you have many cats, no problem. You can program up to 25 cats into the cat flaps memory.
  • Compatible with all UK and EU standard 15-digit microchips and RFID Tags.
  • Timer Control - This is great if you want to stop your cat going outside between certain hours of the day such as when it is dark.
  • Mains powered with 9v battery backup in case of power cut.
  • Comes with 3 years warranty

CONS

There are a few features which this microchip cat flap does not have which some cat owners may need.

  • The only other negative point is that if you have a larger than normal cat, it may not fit through the cat flap easily or at all. Some cat owners who have had cats around 6.5kg mark have commented on this problem. Luckily Sureflap do have another larger model (SureFlap Pet Door) which has a larger opening of 178 x 170mm which is designed with this in mind, it also have timer control.
  • This model does not have selective exit, this feature is great if you have more than one cat and one cat is not allowed to go outside. This could be simply because one of your cats is going to the vets or is permanently not allowed out. What ever reason this feature is must, to overcome this problem.

Conclusion

The two features we really like on the 'PetSafe Petporte Smart Flap' are the 'night mode' setting and 'vet mode', both are very useful, specially the night mode as this is when a lot if accidents happen with cats, so being able to keep them indoors after dark is ideal.

As this model does have timer control, the night mode might not be essential for everyone. However night mode is good as the daylight hours change from winter to summer and if you use the timer function, you would need to alter the times through the year depending on what time dusk and dawn are at.

Overall another great microchip cat flap, may not be for everyone, but for those looking for a mains powered model or night control, this is a great model.

The only downside is that because its main powered, you need to have a plug socket within range, you can buy a extension lead for it at an extra cost but the idea of being mains powered might not be suitable for everyone.


LCD DISPLAY - TIMER FUNCTION - CAT LOCATION

Cat Mate Elite Microchip Cat Fap

Cat Mate Elite Microchip Cat Flap Review

The 'Cat Mate Elite Microchip Cat Flap', has an easy to read LCD screen and is one of the more advanced models available. Designed with selective entry so that only your cats can enter your home and prevents neighboring cats from entering.

Cat location indicator feature

One of the features found on this cat flap, which is not a available on other models, is the location indicator feature. This shows whether your cats have entered or exited the cat flap and the time since each cat used the cat flap.

Timer control

As you would expect for such a high tech cat flap, its also features timer control so you can control what times your cat can enter and exit the cat flap, this is very useful for keeping your cats in after a certain time, ie 'night time'.

The LCD screen also displays the electronic 4 Way lock status (Unlocked, In Only, Out Only, Locked). It also displays a low battery indicator so that you no when its time to change the batteries before they run out.

PROS

  • Entry operated by your cat's implanted microchip - keeps stray pets out
  • LCD display shows entry/exit lock status, cat location and time since flap last used for up to 3 cats.
  • If you have more than one cat, no problem. You can program up to 9 cats into the cat flaps memory.
  • Compatible with 9, 10 and 15 digit microchips
  • Powered by 4 x AA batteries so can be fixed anywhere without the need for mains power. It also has a low battery indicator light to alert you when the battery is low. Batteries last around 1 year, under normal use.
  • Comes with 3 years warranty

CONS

  • This model does not have Selective Exit. This feature is great if you have more than one cat and one cat is not allowed to go outside. This could be, simply because, one of your cats is going to the vets or is permanently not allowed out. What ever reason this feature is must, to overcome this problem.

Conclusion

Another well thought out and designed Micro Chip Cat Flap, we really like the LCD display which is useful of knowing if your cat or cats are in or out, saves you looking round the house, under the chairs, in the washing basket etc to see if they are in the house.

The timer control is a excellent feature and is handy to stop your cats going outside after a certain time.


LARGER DOOR FOR LARGE CATS & SMALL DOGS

SureFlap Microchip Pet Door

Sureflap microchip pet flap - suitable for large cats

This is biggest microchip cat flap available and is designed with larger cats and even small dogs in mind, It even includes an 'RFID collar tag' which can be attach to the a collar so that it activates the flap. This is handy if you have a dog or cat that is not micro chipped as they can still access the pet flap.

This is the only SureFlap cat flap that has the timer control feature, this means you can set what times you dog or cat can enter and exit your home, this is useful for preventing them going out at at night.

It also features a manual 4-way manual lock for controlled entry and exit.

PROS

  • Larger 178 x 170mm flap opening, makes it possible for larger cats and small dogs to enter and exit which would struggle with a standard size cat flap.
  • Sleek modern design, durable quality plastic, easy to program with the simple click of a button and easy to install with lots of extras such as tunnel attachments.
  • 4 way manual lock for controlled entry and exit, this means you can set the cat flap to 'In only', 'out only;' 'both ways' and 'fully locked'.
  • If you have many cats, no problem. You can program up to 32 cats or dogs into the cat flaps memory. 
  • Will work with nearly all microchips worldwide which include 9, 10, 15 digit microchips and RFID Tags. Also comes with a RFID collar tag so if you have a cat or dogs they can still enter if there not microchiped.
  • Powered by 4 x C cell batteries so can be fixed anywhere without the need for mains power. It also has a low battery indicator light to alert you when the battery is low. Batteries last around 12 months under normal use.
  • Comes with 3 years warranty for your peace of mind and it shows that Sureflap believe in the quality of there products.

CONS

  • This model does not have Selective Exit. This feature is great if you have more than one cat and one cat is not allowed to go outside. This could be, simply because, one of your cats is going to the vets or is permanently not allowed out. What ever reason this feature is must, to overcome this problem.

Conclusion

Another cat flap by 'SureFlap', if you have a larger cat or small dog that cannot fit through a standard cat flap. then this larger model will finally resolve this issue. 

The RFID collar tag which is included is great for fastening to your pets collar if its not all ready  microchipped. This is also the only cat flap that comes with a RFID collar tag.

If you have a large cat or small dog, this model would be the best model for you as no other cat flap has such a large opening.


WHICH IS THE BEST MICROCHIP CAT FLAP?

Do you need to keep some pets indoors, while letting other ones out?

Do you have more than one cat but need to keep one or more of your beloved pets indoors, if your answer is yes then you would need a model with 'Selective Exit'.

The only cat flap with this feature is the SureFlap dual scan model

Do you need to keep your pets indoors after dark?

This can be done using the 4 way lock system which is fitted to all models. You would need to set the lock in 'entry only'. Then set it to Both ways in the morning again. The problem with this approach is you need to remember to do and its a little bit hands on.

If you want a more hands off, automatic solution to this then you would need to buy a model with a Timer Function or Night Mode which lock the cat flap at dusk and opens it again at dawn using a light sensor. This ensures your pet cannot go outdoors when it is dark.

The Cat mate Microchip Cat Flap and Sureflap microchip pet door both have timer functions. The PetSafe Petporte Smart Flap has a timer function and night mode fitted which can be set to only let pets outside between certain hours, this is particularly important in high traffic areas where accidents can be more high risk at night.

What to take into consideration when buying a microchip cat flap

Where are planning on fitting the Microchip cat flap

You can fit a cat flap pretty much any where you wish, which includes wooden, PVC, metal, glass and brick doors and walls. Depending on the thickness, you may need to buy accessories such as a tunnel extender or special mounts for certain types of doors. Most cat flaps have special accessories that can be purchased.

Most owners will not need anything extra but its worth investigating before purchasing, if you have a normal wood or pvc door you should be good to go with the standard fittings included with the cat flap.

The video below shows how easy it is to install a cat flap

Sureflap microchip cat flap review

OUR TOP PICK

SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap

  • 4-way manual lock for controlled entry and exit
  • Also suitable for glass doors
  • Program up to 32 pets
  • 1 year typical battery life with low battery indicator light
  • 3 Years warranty for extra peace of mind.
  • One of the best rated models on Amazon.co.uk

Also available in brown - View on Amazon.co.uk here

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