I have just had one put in this morning and they seem to be OK with leaving the house through it but don't seem to 'get' how to get back in. I've done this so that I don't have to keep letting them in / out and also so we can go out for the day without worrying about them but one is still sitting at the door where he can see us (not the catflap door) waiting to be let in. Do I leave him out until he works out he has to use the catflap if he wants to get fed??
Have you tried pushing the cat through it from the outside? (gently of course...) - they may be used to doors inside the house which only go one direction, and not immediately see that it can swing both ways.
agree with AMuminScotland try gently posting them through from the outside, this worked with 1 of mine the other was a bit slower and i had to wedge a dishwasher tablet box under the flap so they could get in and out and eventually after a couple of days when you take the box away they kinda get that they can still go through!
Thanks all I have tried 'posting' both of them quite a few times now. One did go through but the other started getting all hissy & spitty about it so I gave up.
Thought part of the problem might be that it is a lot higher up for them to reach from outside as you have to step up to come into the house anyway. I have now put a 'ramp' up so that they could, if they so desired, get in a bit more easily. As I said they've had no probs going out!
Am off to bed now so will see how much food is gone in the morning to try and see if they've been inside and then possibly try some of your other strategies in the morning! Will let you know how we get on! Hoping it rains or something so they get desperate!
One of my cats taught a neighbours cat how to use the catflat but lining him up and then headbutting him through (maybe try that?). Only problem was, when he got the hang of it, he ran into every door he saw thinking he could get through. Moral of the story: you just can't help some cats
Ben10 & simpsonI've also got a sureflap with the microchip reader, which is great in theory but they still haven't got the hang of it - seems they would rather sit outside in the rain and starve! Lots of posting, fresh chicken treats, baby-talking & platform building to make it easier to get in from outside and they still refuse. We are going away overnight soon so they'd better get used to it or they are going to be very sorry for themselves!! I think our cats may be related to your neighbour's mycat
Am now worried they are actually too big for the flap - eek - going to google extra-large cat flap now (!)