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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

The Most Advanced Cat Flap Ever? Our Review

I was recently invited to review the SureFlap Microchip Cat Door Connect. Coming with the bold claim of being 'The most advanced cat door ever'. My research showed that the company, Sure PetCare do have an excellent reputation for producing quality cat flaps and pet doors so it was a claim worthy of further investigation.

Disclaimer - I was given the product and hub as a free sample and paid a small amount for my time in writing this review but if I felt it was a poor product either to begin with or upon further research then you wouldn't be reading this right now. I only review products that I feel would be of real interest to my subscribers.

The Company



Sure Petcare who present this product in their Sureflap range came out very well in my 'Amazon Test'. Plenty of great feedback on the internet giant's site shows that the company's previous offerings have been extremely well received by a large number of previous customers.This for me is a key sign of credibility as a good number of people spending their money online and feeding back will generally give a good indicator of customer satisfaction. 

I was aware prior to this review that the company had gained a lot of credibility across their product range by winning a few respectable industry awards.

A 3 year warranty from a business that I found pleasant to deal with was also a good sign of a company that believes in their product and is prepared to back that up with a decent assurance.

The Sureflap Microchip Cat Door Connect
This neat little video gives a good quick overview of the product



Microchip Cat Flap Connect from Sure Petcare on Vimeo.
The connection with your pet just got better.


I will freely confess, as a non-techie, my primary interests were whether the cat door was easy to set up and if the high-tech benefits connected with the product were going to be worth it.

The cat flap itself is of a sturdy construction and alongside the Hub arrived well packaged and of a nice appearance. The compact cat's head shaped Hub is pretty cool looking and cat owners are sure to appreciate this little touch.

After downloading the app, the ease of set-up is very welcome and the user booklet in the main box alongside the Hub's own quick start guide give clear information of both installation and technology set-up. I was impressed so far.



Features And Benefits
This is where I was a bit blown away. In my capacity of owning cats and a pet business I had gained experience of a number of cat flaps, from the basic to the more standard microchip connected offerings but this was something else.

Essentially the set-up is designed so that the included Hub connects the cat flap to the Sure Petcare app so that you can monitor your cats activity at a level that genuinely surprised me!

I'm a bit benefits driven when reviewing anything and especially when recommending products to my readership. The features of and benefits to cat owners when considering purchasing the SureFlap Microchip Cat Door Connect include:

Receive notifications whenever your cat(s) enter or leave your home. This feature is enhanced by the fact that the system can keep track of 30+ cats so even the most extreme multi-cat households could well be interested in this feature.

The system reads your cat's microchip OR Sureflap Rfid collar tag (not supplied). This nicely answers the question for owners of cats that haven't been microchipped. The system also allows access/ingress to individual cats within a multi-cat environment.

The ability to lock/unlock the cat flap remotely and set/change curfew times. Loved this feature!

The product's impressive trademarked DualScan technology allows owners to set permissions for each individual cat so you can keep certain cats indoors whilst others can roam in and out.

The system allows owners shared app access to friends, family or maybe a pet sitter and manage their permissions. I think this is a great feature and it pleasantly surprised me. The times I could have used this when I ran a physical pet business!

The ingenious app gives owners the  ability to monitor and store activity records for their cats. I like this feature a lot. Cat owners are able to monitor their cat's long-term activity which may ultimately allow them to see changes in behaviour. 

Keeps out intruder animals. The more basic cat flaps potentially allow unwanted guests to find their way into a cat owner's home.

Other things I liked. The company show their experience in the marketplace by going out of their way to be as informative as possible. Examples of this include a handy microchip compatibility checker and good general product information and support on their website and easy to digest accompanying information with their product.



So would I recommend the SureFlap Microchip Cat Door Connect?
I needed to answer three basic questions of this product before I would recommend it:

Is it a good product from a business that I would buy from? It certainly is. A well constructed and benefits packed cat door that goes well beyond the basic model of a cat flap. The product goes some way beyond the microchip connected cat doors available at present.
The company has proved itself knowledgeable and informative. I also like a business to offer good product support, guarantees, accessories and a network of stockists and these boxes were ticked.
The business website and the information that came with the promptly delivered product offers easy to digest and unexpectedly pre-emptive answers to a number of questions that I had intended to ask.

Do I know anyone personally that would buy this product?
I know a few cat owners that would love the benefits that this product brings and would be highly likely to be interested in purchasing it.

Does it live up to its bold statement of being 'The Most Advanced Cat Flap Ever'? 
I haven't found one to beat it's range of features and benefits!

So it's an unequivocal yes from me. I think this is a groundbreaking product that should do well in the marketplace with the kind of owner that is looking for the features and benefits on offer. It's a little more expensive but I feel that it offers a lot and justifies the higher price tag.

Where can I purchase a SureFlap Microchip Cat Door Connect?
Either directly from the website www.surepetcare.com or you have the choice of a variety of the large internet shopping giants. If visiting the website and you click your country flag top right you can go to your own countries site and there is a where to buy function on the about page that also lists your local stockist if you type in your address.



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