Anyone had any problems with the sureflap catplaps?

(46 Posts)
DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 17-Apr-16 13:49:45

Fitted one at great expense (!!) and cat is slowly getting used to using it if l hold it open and push him through but if I do the same from the outside it doesn't open confused

Cat definitely has his microchip in still as I got the vet to check.

Any ideas?

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 17-Apr-16 13:50:14

CATFLAPS obviously grin

MsWazowski Sun 17-Apr-16 13:52:41

Are you trying to open it yourself? The cats head needs to be under the sensor to unlock the cat flap, so it clicks, then it can be opened.

RandomMess Sun 17-Apr-16 13:53:36

Ours works for the cats but not the dog..

Goes through batteries quickly too sad

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 17-Apr-16 14:05:51

No, it's not opened once yet from the outside even though we've waved the poor kitty in front of it grin

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 17-Apr-16 14:06:31

Maybe the batteries are dudds?

MsWazowski Sun 17-Apr-16 14:09:43

I haven't had any problems with mine, had it for over a year and not had to change batteries yet.

I've heard that sure flap customer service is good, I think their number is probably on the website. Maybe try that.

RandomMess Sun 17-Apr-16 14:11:41

Hah - DH refuses to ring them up regarding our battery usage.

Have you read the instructions regarding the reflective thing being clean, they need to get their heads very close to the flap for it to unlock.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 17-Apr-16 14:13:24

We'll have another go then ring the CS...

Thanks for your helpsmile

PinkSparklyPussyCat Sun 17-Apr-16 14:26:32

We did - it stopped unlocking for some reason. We phoned customer service and they told us there'd been a faulty batch and sent us a replacement.

Silly question but have you checked the settings? I'm pretty sure you can set it so the cat can get out but not back in again.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 17-Apr-16 14:32:45

I've just had another look at where the sensor is and as it's through a wall and there's an extender I don't think he's been going in far enough! I'll have another go and if that doesn't work I'll phone them in case we have a faulty one.
I'll tempt him with a bit of fish!

RandomMess Sun 17-Apr-16 14:34:19

On a very positive note we have several local cats who have never managed to get in despite persistent attempts so it has been worth the hassle! including a roaming Tom angry

RandomMess Sun 17-Apr-16 14:35:41

You could tape it open whilst you tempt him in. You'll here it "click" when it unlocks so you'll know it's working.

Icequeen01 Sun 17-Apr-16 18:26:53

We are on our second Sureflap. Not because the first one broke but we changed our backdoor and I wanted the bigger size (pet flap rather than cat flap) as my elderly cat was struggling a little as the space was so narrow. We've never had any problems with ours apart from accidentally putting the curfew setting on so it kept locking and unlocking at certain times (we didn't even know it had a curfew setting!). Could you have done the same? Can you definitely hear the cat flap click so you know for sure your cat's microchip was programmed in?

The customer care at Sureflap is fab if you need help.

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 17-Apr-16 21:42:38

The cats head needs to be right by the flap for the sensor to work. I find with new cats I need to prop the flap open for the cat the rush through and get used to the click before they are prepared to use it properly. I would think even more so where you use an extender.

polkadotdelight Sun 17-Apr-16 21:46:52

Ours rarely needs a battery change and our cats have always been fine with it. It stopped 99% of unwanted visitors but we were adopted by a cat last year and he can open it by hooking his claw under the flap and pulling the flap towards him (clever little bugger!).

Tubbyinthehottub Sun 17-Apr-16 21:51:06

When I first got mine the door stayed open after Tubbycat walked in. Customer services were amazing. They said he was probably being a bit slow and timid coming through and sent out a heavier door to replace, which worked a treat.

SickRose Sun 17-Apr-16 21:51:45

Microchips can occasionally migrate. You said you had the vet check but were they able to say if it was in the scruff still? My MIL's dogs chip is on the top of his back leg!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 18-Apr-16 00:19:14

It works!!!

I shoved kitty through with a bit more force,he meowed but it opened up!!

BUT the second time the door stayed open,so I'll have to keep an eye on that.

I WISH he'd get the hang of it so he can come and go so we can go out for longer

Palomb Mon 18-Apr-16 00:26:49

One of my cats just busts her way through it. I don't think the locking mechanism is all that good.

TimeIhadaNameChange Mon 18-Apr-16 09:45:42

If he used to a catflap? I'm sure I've read that some cats, even if used to a normal flap, find the clicks disconcerting and need time to get used to using it.

My cat hadn't used a catflap before (at least, not at our house). What I did during the first week she had it was use a clothes peg to keep it fully open during the day when we were out, then at night I'd lower it slightly so she'd have to push it slightly to get through. Of course, I had to alternate which side it was open depending where she was (so it would always open the same was as it would if it had started off closed, IYSWIM), and each evening the peg was lowered, so she had to do more of the work herself. Finally, on the Saturday, I sat with a bowl of treats and threw them through the door then used them again to tempt her back in, with the door fully closed in the meantime. It did mean she was convinced for a while that the door ONLY opened if treats were in the offing, but she got there soon enough.

Good luck!

TheKingSits Mon 18-Apr-16 09:50:08

Ours is utter crap and we regret fitting it, it works sporadically for one cat but not at all for the other. We end up manually locking ut at night, unlocking it in the morning and having it on training mode during the day... I never actually thought of contacting customer service though blush so I will do that post haste! Maybe we have one of the faulty batch.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 18-Apr-16 09:50:35

I don't think he's used to a flap, he was a stray kitten we took on. Big breakthrough this morning was that he stood by the flap expectantly ,so perhaps this is progress!

Good idea about the treats, thanks!

TimeIhadaNameChange Mon 18-Apr-16 09:56:28

Treats solve everything in my experience!

You could try with the peg if you're going to be around (or just use it so the door's fully open otherwise) if he'd not used to a flap. Means he doesn't have to do all the work himself at the begininning, plus it's more obvious what's going to happen when he pushes it.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 20-Apr-16 20:15:29

Success!!!grin

Went out and realised I hadn't let him out before I went and when I got back he was outside. He must've been busting for a wee so managed to get out - Hooray!!

I used loads of treats yesterday so I think that really helped.

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