The cat could care less whether it’s hot or cold, windy or rainy… she wants to go out and that’s all there is to it! Opening the door every time the cat wants to go out or come back in, however, can be a real nuisance, especially in winter. This is why cat doors – or flaps, as they are sometimes called – are the ideal solution to the problem.
Thanks to cat flaps, Kitty can be very independent and go in or out anytime she wants. This can also be very handy when we are not home to open/close the door for her! And anyone who has a cat knows what a bother closed doors are for them! So let’s be honest, whether we’re snuggled in on the sofa, concentrated on a task or it’s the middle of the night, wouldn’t it be great if Kitty could just come and go as she pleases – especially in winter?
Legend has it that the illustrious Sir Isaac Newton was the first to find a practical solution to this problem. He was, it seems, the inventor of the first cat door ever – a very simple yet highly effective hole in the door through which the pet (and her young) could pass undisturbed. Nowadays, these holes come equipped with flaps and have become far more sophisticated, fitting not just into wooden or metal doors, but also into windows and even thick walls, thanks to the optional extension tunnels that can be installed.
The levels of technology vary depending on the model you choose. Cat flaps, for example, can have a variety of different features:
- Closure system. They can come two-way (open or closed) or four-way (closed, open, exit only or entrance only) so that we can decide whether to keep the cat indoors once she is home (entry only), or out of doors (exit only) once out.
- Wind Stopper. This system makes sure the flap doesn’t create a draught in the house.
- Last direction indicator. This is a handy device that lets you know whether the cat is in or out, the banner remains pointed in the last direction the cat took.
- Magnetic recognition. This device recognises the little corresponding magnet you put on the cat’s collar, a very handy way to keep the other cats in the neighbourhood out of your house. When you turn the system on, only the cat with the chip can get in. You can deactivate the system anytime you like.
- Microchip recognition. If your kitty has a microchip, or his collar does (included with the cat flap), all you have to do is register it and as the cat nears the door, the sensor will read the chip and open the flap. The door can memorise up to 32 microchips, so it’s not a problem even if you have lots of cats!
If you want more precise information on what type of door or flap would suit them, this brief guide will tell you everything you’ll need to know to choose the right one. So what are you waiting for? Aren’t you getting tired of playing doorman to your cat?