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    Enter the SureFlap Easter Contest 2014 for your chance to win one of these fantastic prizes! We have 100 prizes up for grabs!

    Top Prize – £100 Amazon Gift Card.

    4 x £50 Amazon Gift Cards.

    95 x SureFlap promo codes ranging from 20% – 50% off all SureFlap products.

    Plus, all non-winners will receive a promo code to receive a 10% discount.

    To enter, simply like the SureFlap Facebook page, enter your details and find out instantly if you have won. And if you don’t win today, you can try again tomorrow! In fact you can enter once per every 12 hour period between now and 25th April 2014.

    Good luck everyone and Happy Easter!

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  • The hunt is on for nominations for the Cats Protection National Cat Awards 2014. The annual award ceremony celebrates inspiring pet cats across the UK.

    White catCats can be nominated in five different categories:

    • Hero Cat – Cats that save the day
    • Most Caring Cat – Cats that have a positive impact on an owner’s health or wellbeing
    • Most Incredible Story – True, incredible stories from the cat world
    • Outstanding Rescue Cat – Cats adopted from animal welfare organisations
    • Purina® Better Together – Celebrating the special bond that has transformed and enriched the lives of both a cat and its owner

    All cats in the UK are eligible to be nominated. The closing date for entries is Friday 30th May 2014.

    To nominate your cat for an award, complete the Cats Protection National Cat Awards application form and explain why you think your cat deserves an award.

    Last year’s overall winner belonged to Lorcan Dillon. His cat Jessi-Cat has helped him cope with his Asperger’s Syndrome and Selective Mutism. Other winners from last year include the staggering tale of a cat that dragged itself home after being attacked by a dog and a cat that raised the alarm when her owner suffered from a diabetic attack.

    Celebrity judges will announce the winners of this year’s Cats Protection National Cat Awards at a ceremony to be held on Thursday 7th August in London’s Savoy Hotel.

    Is your cat a star?

    Why not tell us your cat’s inspirational story by commenting on this blog post!

  • If your cat is spraying in the house, it could be a sign of stress. Their environment and proximity to other cats could both be factors in their spraying behaviour.

    Spraying in multi-cat homes

    In multi-cat homes, cats might start to spray if they do not have access to their own litter tray. Cats don’t like to share toilets, so as a rule, you should have enough litter trays for each cat, plus one extra for good measure.

    Spraying might also occur in multi-cat homes if there aren’t enough beds, feeding bowls and cat toys. Your cats might start to spray to claim resources as their own if there aren’t enough to go around.

    Cat next to SureFlap Microchip Pet DoorConflict with neighbouring cats

    Spraying in the house could indicate conflict with other cats in the neighbourhood. If you have a standard, non-selective cat flap, the neighbours’ cats could be coming in through the cat flap, causing stress to your pet. Your cat might spray to mark their territory as a warning to intruders.

    Install a SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap to keep intruder cats out and the spraying problem should stop.

    Cat toileting facilities

    Some cats might spray in the home if they do not have a suitable outdoor toilet to use. Create an outdoor cat toilet by digging a hole in a sheltered position in your garden and filling it with loose sand.

    If you use an indoor litter tray, your cat might start to spray if you change the type of litter you use. Try to avoid switching between different types of litter and stick to an odourless mineral based litter that is not wood or pulp pellets.

    Changes to your home environment

    Cats can find changes to your home environment stressful, which could cause them to spray. If you move house, confine your cat to one room initially to give them time to adjust to their new home. When introducing new furniture to your home, give it plenty of time to air before your cat gets near it to allow any chemical smells to dissipate.

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    If you have tried removing all these sources of possible stress and your cat is still spraying, speak to your vet for advice as your cat may have feline cystitis.

  • With spring in the air and the weather growing warmer, it’s the perfect time to improve your garden for the benefit of your cat. Creating a cat-friendly garden will encourage your cat to stay in their own garden and trying out these techniques will offer environmental enrichment to your pet.

    Install a cat flap

    A cat flap will ensure that your cat can access your garden whenever they chose and get back inside easily if they feel threatened by a neighbouring cat. If you are worried about the neighbour’s cat gaining access to your home, install a SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap to keep intruder cats out.

    Create an outdoor toilet

    Ever wonder why your cat always goes next door to use the toilet? It could be because your neighbour’s garden contains a more desirable latrine. To create an outdoor cat toilet in your garden, dig a hole and fill it with loose sand. Make sure the toilet is in a sheltered location to give your cat privacy.

    Outdoor cat toys

    Cat toys and scratching posts should not just be for indoor use. Install wooden posts of different lengths for your cat to climb on and scratch in the garden. Tie lengths of string to trees or bushes and watch your cat play with them when they dance in the wind.

    Provide shelter

    Plants with broad leaves, parasols or benches can offer ideal shelter for your cat if it starts to rain or the sun gets too hot. Large plants and plant pots make great hiding places for cats. Cats like places to hide and escape to so that they feel safe from other cats in the neighbourhood.

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    Do you have any tips on how to create a cat-friendly garden?

    Share your ideas with us in the comments field below!

  • If you have a cat, we want to hear all about your cat’s feeding habits! We want to know how your cats eat and how you feed them. Do you live in a multi-cat household? Do your cats like to steal each other’s food?

    Take part in our Cat Nutrition Survey here: http://www.sureflap.co.uk/cat-nutrition-survey

    One lucky entrant will be chosen to receive a £100 Amazon Gift Card for their efforts! The closing date for entries is Monday 31st March 2013.

    If you have any cat owning friends, be sure to mention our survey to them! We’ve already collected some interesting data and will be sharing it in April.

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  • Dog through SureFlap

    We’re on the hunt for cat and dog stars for our next promotional video shoot! We would like to hear from a range of pet owners, including those with multiple cats and those with cats and small dogs that get along well. If you are selected to take part, we will supply you with a brand new SureFlap product and a cheque for £500!

    To apply, you should already have a cat flap or pet door installed and your pet(s) should be comfortable using it. Your pet(s) should have a friendly temperament and be at ease around strangers. You must also be a UK resident and meet some or all of the following criteria:

    • Your cat flap or pet door installed in a homely, open plan living space
    • Large windows located near the pet door
    • Willing to make small/temporary changes to your home and/or garden
    • Available for a full day’s filming in February, on a weekend or weekday

    To apply, please email the following information and photographs to social@sureflap.co.uk:

    • Your name, location and contact telephone number
    • Your pet(s) name(s)
    • A photograph of your pet(s)
    • A photograph of your cat flap/pet door from the inside, taken as far away as possible
    • A photograph of your cat flap/pet door from the outside, taken as far away as possible
  • SureFlap DualScan Microchip Cat FlapDo you have more than one cat? Do you want to keep certain cats in whilst allowing other cats free access to the outdoors? A SureFlap DualScan Microchip Cat Flap will let you to achieve this!

    The DualScan cat flap has the same great features as the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap with the addition of a double antenna, which reads a cat’s microchip when they come into or go out of the house. This means that you can choose which cats can come and go as they please, and which cats you want to keep indoors, and still prevent intruder cats entering your home.

    Great for multi-cat households

    You might have one disabled cat that you want to keep indoors permanently or a cat that needs to stay inside after a vet visit. Or you might be introducing a kitten to your existing cat that needs to stay indoors for the first few weeks.  Whatever your circumstances, the SureFlap DualScan Microchip Cat Flap offers flexible exit solutions in any multi-cat household.

    Indoor cat safety feature

    For indoor-only cats, the DualScan Microchip Cat Flap has a safety learn mode. This feature enables you to programme your indoor-only cat to enter the cat flap from the outside, in case they accidentally get outside through an open door or window.

    Changing access permissions

    Once you have a DualScan cat flap up and running, you can change the exit permissions on the cat flap at any time. So, if you have a new kitten that you are keeping indoors for the first few weeks, it’s very easy to programme his microchip into the DualScan cat flap to allow him to exit.

    Existing SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap customers

    If you already have a SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap and you would like to change it for a SureFlap DualScan Microchip Cat Flap you can do this very easily. Both products have the same installation dimensions, so it will just be a straight swap.

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  • There are two main areas of a cat’s territory; the core territory and the peripheral territory.

    The core territory mainly consists of resting and feeding areas, whilst hunting and toileting areas are located in the peripheral territory.

    Cat’s like to avoid contamination when eating, drinking and resting, so be sure to keep these resources separate within the core territory. If you have more than one cat, you should provide multiple resources to avoid conflict. By nature, cats are solitary animals, so although they might live together quite happily, they might not take too kindly to eating, drinking and sleeping together.

    Cats face, flank, spray and claw mark at the edges of their peripheral territory to ward off other cats. Terriorial conflict occurs when other cats intrude on the resident cat’s territory. A bold cat can even intrude on another cat’s core territory. Prevent intruders breaking into your cat’s core territory by installing a
    SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap.

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  • If you are a SureFlap customer with a SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap or a SureFlap Microchip Pet Door, why not get creative and enter our Halloween Contest!

    To enter, decorate your SureFlap cat flap or pet door for Halloween and take a photograph of it! Before submitting your picture to our contest, please read our Terms & Conditions in full. By entering the contest, you accept all of these Terms & Conditions.

    To enter the contest, like the SureFlap Facebook page and submit your picture here: SureFlap Halloween Contest Submission Form.

    First Prize: £100 Amazon Gift Card (or a gift card of equivalent value if you are located outside of the UK)

    3 x Runner Up Prizes: Feliway or Adaptil pheromone diffusers

    Closing date for entries: 23:59pm GMT Friday 1st November 2013.

    Voting opens: 9am GMT Monday 28th October 2013.

    When the contest closes, we will choose our four favourite entries from the ten entries with the most votes to receive a prize.

    Good luck everyone and Happy Halloween!

  • At the weekend, the SureFlap team enjoyed the annual SureFlap summer party.

    Here is SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap inventor Dr Nick Hill and SureFlap technician Tim Scarff taking part in the Blindfolded Cat Flap Assembly Challenge! Who do you think will win?