If you want to give your cat the freedom to come and go as they please, without compromising the security of your home, a microchip cat flap could be the perfect solution.
These futuristic cat flaps feature a sensor which responds to your cat’s microchip (or a sensor on their collar), ensuring that the door only opens for them, and remains securely locked the rest of the time. This means no other invited cats or wildlife will be able to enter your home.
This type of pet door can be greatly beneficial to both cat and owner; it gives your cat the freedom to move between their home and garden, whilst simultaneously helping to avoid accidents on your carpets, and reducing the need for you to constantly get up to let your furry friend in and out.
To help you choose the ideal electronic pet door for your home, we’ve put together this list of what we believe are the 5 best microchip cat flaps on the market today. We’ve based our selection on their effectiveness, ease of use, and value for money.
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Our best microchip cat flap is high-quality, battery-powered, and offers lots of features
Topping our list of the best microchip cat flaps is this SureFlap Microchip Pet Door. This clever cat flap can be easily programmed to remember up to 32 microchips, so it’s perfect for a multi-pet household. If your cats aren’t microchipped, the door is also compatible with RFID collar tags, one of which is included.
The door has a selective entry function, which will prevent intruders from entering, but allow all cats to leave. There’s also a built-in curfew timer, which allows you to set the door to remain locked or unlocked at certain times – ideal if you want to keep your cats inside overnight.
With a flap opening of 178 x 170mm, the door is large enough to accommodate all sizes of cats and can even fit small dogs. It can be installed in doors, windows or walls – although you may require a mounting adaptor or tunnel extension.
It does require 4 x C cell batteries to work, which are unfortunately not included. However, battery life is long, at 12 months, and the advantage of this type of door is that it can be installed pretty much anywhere, as you’re not dependent on an AC power supply.
Overall, this microchip cat flap offers a high-tech solution for a reasonably low budget and will allow you to effectively control your cat’s entry to your home.
- Big enough for large cats and small dogs.
- Compatible with all microchips, worldwide.
- Can remember up to 32 microchips.
- Also includes 1 x RFID collar tag.
- Curfew mode allows you to lock the door at specified times.
- 3-year warranty.
- Requires 4 x C cell batteries, which are not included.
- No exit controls.
Our best value cat flap offers many desirable features, for an affordable price
While this Cat Mate Cat Flap isn’t the cheapest microchip cat flap on our list, given the number of built-in features it offers, we think it represents the best value for money.
This one is compatible with most common microchips and can remember up to 30 cats at a time. If your cat doesn’t have a microchip, it is possible to purchase a compatible ID tag for their collar – although unlike with the SureFlap, it doesn’t come with one included.
It’s made from durable polymer, and has a 145 x 145mm opening, which should be large enough for most cats unless you’ve got a particularly tubby Tom. The brush flap with magnetic closure keeps draughts out, and the door has a 4-way lock system, which allows you complete control over your cats’ entry and exit from your home.
Being battery-powered, you can install this door almost anywhere – you’ll just need to provide the 4 x AA batteries it requires, as these are not included. Batteries should last approximately 12 months, and the LED indicator light will flash when they need replacing. To install the door in a wall or glass, you will need an adapter kit, which is available to purchase separately.
It has to be said that this cat flap doesn’t feel quite as high quality as the SureFlap – the catch to keep it closed is a little flimsier – but ultimately, it’s a very similar design, for a lower price.
- Compatible with all common microchips.
- Remembers up to 30 cats.
- ID tags also available (sold separately).
- The 4-way lock allows you to control entry and exit.
- Large enough for most cats.
- 3-year guarantee.
- Requires 4 x AA batteries, which are not included.
- Catch to keep it closed is a little flimsy.
- No ID tag included.
This traditional-style cat flap doesn’t respond to microchips, but it is weather-tight
If your cat doesn’t have a microchip, and you’re looking for an affordable traditional-style cat flap instead, this PetSafe Extreme Weather Cat Door might be the one to choose.
Made from durable PVC, it’s fully insulated, and features a weather-tight seal that will help keep draughts out of your home. If you want to stop your cat from using the door, for example when you go out, you can clip on the closing panel, to prevent the door from opening.
If your cat is less than 7 kg, you’ll be able to choose the small-sized door, which is the cheapest option on our list – although considering that it isn’t electronic, it really should be. However, if your cat is large, the cost of the door increases to match some of the microchip cat doors we’ve featured.
The obvious disadvantage of this door compared to microchip cat flaps is that it can’t be programmed to remember your cat, and therefore doesn’t discriminate as to which animals are allowed to pass through. This makes your home more vulnerable to intrusion from unwanted visitors, which could cause distress to your furry friend.
However, if your pet isn’t microchipped, or you have concerns about the door malfunctioning and not letting your cat in or out, this traditional-style cat flap could be a suitable alternative – and will keep your home protected from the elements, if nothing else.
- Fully insulated with a weather-tight seal – 3 and a half times more energy-efficient than standard pet doors.
- The clip-on closing panel allows you to stop your cat from using it if required.
- Non-electronic, so no batteries or power source required.
- 3-year warranty.
- No microchip or RFID programmable feature.
- Nothing to stop other cats or wildlife from entering your home.
This ultra high-tech cat flap can be controlled from your phone
From a non-electronic cat flap, to the most high-tech option on our list; this SureFlap Connect Microchip Cat Flap with Hub. This advanced pet door has all the same great features as the SureFlap we rated as number one, but it can connect to your device, allowing you to monitor your cat’s behaviour on a whole new level.
Use the included hub to connect the cat flap to the app on your phone, and you can receive notifications every time your furry friend uses the door, as well as when intruders try to enter. You’re also able to lock the flap remotely, so it’s perfect if you need to react to changing weather conditions while you’re out.
One of the other most appealing features is the DualScan technology. This allows you to set different conditions for each cat, so it’s ideal if you have a multi-pet household, and cats with different needs and care requirements.
Other than the additional hub and app-controlled features, the door functions in much the same way as the standard SureFlap door – it’s battery-powered and can be programmed to remember up to 32 microchips (or RFID collar tags). The flap opening measures a relatively small 142 x 120 cm.
This is undoubtedly the most advanced cat flap on our list, and the price reflects that – it’s also the most expensive option. However, if your budget will stretch, this offers you by far the most amount of features, as well as the most insight into your furry friend’s life and wellbeing.
- Monitor your cat’s activity from your phone.
- Receive notifications every time your cat enters and exits.
- Lock the flap remotely and set curfew times.
- DualScan technology means you can set different conditions for each cat.
- Remembers up to 32 microchips.
- Expensive, compared to the more low-tech options.
- Requires 4 AA batteries, which are not included, and battery life is a relatively short 6 months.
- Comparatively small flap opening.
A microchip cat flap designed with energy efficiency in mind
Our final microchip cat flap is this PetSafe Cat Flap (2018 edition). This one is made from durable plastic, is fully insulated, and has a built-in draught excluder, for improved weatherproofing and energy efficiency.
The door is compatible with most common microchips and can remember up to 40, so it’s perfect if you’ve got a menagerie of furry feline friends. It can also be used with compatible collar tags, although unfortunately there aren’t any included.
It has dual auto-latches and 4-way adjustable manual locking, to enable you to control your cat’s entry and exit from your home and keep unwanted visitors out. The medium-sized flap opening measures 146 x 135 cm, which should be fine for the majority of cats.
The cat flap is easy to install in most materials – just use the cutting template to ensure a perfect fit. It is powered by 4 x AA batteries, which are not included but do make it possible to install the door almost anywhere. Batteries are expected to last up to 12 months, and there’s an indicator light to alert you when they need to be replaced.
This is another high-quality and functional cat flap which, like most of the cat flaps here, also comes with a 3-year warranty, so you’re covered in the event of any manufacturing faults or breakdowns.
- Durable plastic frame.
- Can remember up to 40 microchips.
- Insulated and energy-efficient.
- Dual auto locks and 4-way manual lock.
- 3-year warranty.
- Requires 4 x AA batteries (not included).
- No collar tag included.
- Clever cats may be able to open the door manually from the outside.
How Do Microchip Cat Flaps Work?
Microchip cat flaps work by using a radio frequency identification system to remember and detect your cat’s microchip. When the flap senses the microchip nearby, it automatically unlocks the door, so your cat can enter.
Depending on the model of cat flap, it is usually possible to program the door to remember multiple microchips, allowing all your pets access to your home. Some doors can also be triggered by an RFID tag, attached to your cat’s collar.
Unless the door detects the tag or pre-stored microchip information, it will remain locked – at least in one direction – so that no invited cats or animals can enter your home.
Are They Burglar Proof?
Microchip cat flaps are more burglar-proof than standard cat flaps, as they will only open in response to your cat’s microchip. The rest of the time, they remain securely locked, and some even have built-in alarms, to alert you to any attempts at forced entry.
However, you should bear in mind that installing any type of pet door involves cutting a hole in the exterior of your home, and as such, it is not impossible that a determined burglar would take advantage of this.
To reduce the chances of a burglary when you have a cat flap, make sure never to leave your house keys in the lock, or within easy sight/reach of your door, as a burglar may then be able to reach in the cat flap, and unlock the door from the inside.
April is a freelance writer who specialises in writing about home and garden design and the environment. She is an avid wildlife-enthusiast and adventure-seeker, and feels happiest when in the Great Outdoors.