If your cat has been used to the same cat flap for years (or they have never had a cat flap), then they might struggle to get used to their new SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap, particularly if they have never had a selective entry cat flap before. For come cats it takes a little while to get used to the noise of the electronic lock.
If your cat is struggling with his new SureFlap don’t worry; we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to help you train your cat to use their new microchip cat flap.
First of all, you may want to get your cat used to their SureFlap while the locking mechanism is inactive. To do this, you will need to turn off the SureFlap by performing the following steps:
1. Remove the battery cover and make sure the batteries are installed.
2. Press the memory button once to put the SureFlap into learn mode. The catch will open and the indicator lamp will flash.
3. Remove the batteries and replace the battery cover.
4. The catch will stay open and SureFlap can now be used as a standard cat flap.
If you have followed the above processes correctly, the SureFlap will now be switched off with the lock open so that your cat can use the SureFlap like an ordinary cat flap.
If your moggie is still a little timid about using their SureFlap, you could tape the flap open to make the cat flap look more inviting. Train your cat to go in and out of their SureFlap by placing tempting treats on the other side of the cat flap.
Once your cat has got used to using his SureFlap in the ‘off’ mode, he should be comfortable enough with the smell, shape, feel and size of his new cat flap to start using it in the ‘on’ mode.
Reinsert the batteries and switch the unit back on. Now your cat can start using their SureFlap as a microchip cat flap, preventing neighbouring cats from getting into the house. If your cat is still unnerved by the lock, continue using treats to coax him through the SureFlap.
By giving your cat plenty of time to get used to using his new SureFlap, he should be shooting through is without a care in the world in no time!
What do you think?
Have you recently installed a SureFlap? Do you have any tips on how to train a cat to use a SureFlap that we haven’t covered? If so, tell us about your experience by leaving a comment on this blog post!