We have had a few customers ask if our products are sturdy enough to keep raccoons out so we thought we would enlist the help of two furry product testers at our local zoo to test a new feature on the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door.
Two resident raccoons at Shepreth Wildlife Park, Jumbo and Numning, stepped in to help. We installed a SureFlap Microchip Pet Door in a feed box to be placed in the raccoon pen. Initially, the microchip reading technology was turned off on the pet door, so that any animal could get in through it, and Jumbo and Numning were fed treats inside the feed box to get them used to going in through the pet door.
The raccoons quickly got the idea that the pet door was a doorway to food heaven! We then turned the pet door on and put it into Custom Mode 5, a security feature that prevents dextrous animals from gaining access.
Once the pet door was all set up, we put treats inside the feed box once more. With a lot of persistence, the raccoons tried to get at the treats and we are pleased to report that they were unable to get in! The SureFlap Microchip Pet Door held fast. Needless to say we rewarded the raccoons with the treats to thank them for their assistance!
We documented the process on film. In the video below, you will see just how determined the raccoons were to get at their treats!
The keepers at Shepreth Wildlife Park were happy to help us test the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door with their raccoons as it was a great way to provide a source of enrichment for them.
Please note that Custom Mode 5 is currently only available on the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door. This feature is not currently available on the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap.