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Cat flap recommendations please...

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bella21 Sun 02-Aug-09 21:45:47

..dh has finally agreed to install a catflap grin

Is there one which is easier for the cats to open than others? Mine have never used one and did not take well to a litter tray with flap on it wink

Not worried about other cats coming in, given presence of 3 large dogs.

Many thanks...

TimothyTigerTuppennyTail Sun 02-Aug-09 21:48:08

We have a Staywell lockable one, which they deal with fine.

They still prefer to miaow at the door if someone's there though!

Spidermama Sun 02-Aug-09 21:51:25

The available ones all seem to be pretty similarly shit IME. The magnets aren#t strong enough so the wind blows them open etc.

My DS punched the cat flap out of the door on day one of the summer holidays and I am currently searching for another. The Pet shop have a pretty poor range.

beautifulgirls Sun 02-Aug-09 22:23:25

I use the staywell ones - not too expensive to buy and never had a problem with one getting broken. Not too hard to install either.
If you are worried about other cats coming in but magnets getting lost then you may want to consider a microchip cat flap - it will read the chip in a cat and only let permitted code cats in the house. They are not all that cheap though and I cant vouch for how easy they are for the cats or whether they cause problems to any cats actually getting in and out. (petporte I think are the manufacturer of these)

bella21 Sun 02-Aug-09 22:29:15

Thanks, everyone - I've been looking at the Staywell 4 way one (I like to have them all locked in at bedtime wink).

Beautifulgirls - yes, I've seen the microchip one and it looks good but with 3 big dogs on the premises we don't get many visiting cats wink Either that or they know I would be likely to kidnap them <mad cat collecting emoticon>

Thanks again everyone.

madusa Mon 03-Aug-09 09:47:00

Staywell seem to be the market leader bit i found that they break very, very easily. I never never managed top make one last longer than a year!

I now have a catwalk one and it is proving to be very robust!

They are just as easy to use as a staywell and my 4 month old kittens have worked it out fine.

Bella21 Mon 03-Aug-09 11:04:45

Oooh - interesting, madusa: thank you.

Suspect your 4 month kittens are much brighter than my cats though grin

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