The SureFlap Microchip Cat Door is a new-to-the U.S. product from the United Kingdom. It uses RFID technology to read a cat’s veterinarian-inserted microchip and determine whether or not to let the cat inside. This prevents strays, and other animals, from entering a home and adds a high-tech level of convenience to the homes of outdoor cat owners.
Last year, SureFlap was kind enough to send me one of their doors for review. Since Allegra and Ruby are indoor kitties, I passed it on to our former feline vet, Fern Crist, DVM, who provided a comprehensive review of how well the SureFlap works for indoor/outdoor cats.
I recently came across a different use for these innovative cat doors. Feline obesity has reached epidemic proportions, and anyone who’s ever tried to get a cat to loose weight knows how challenging it can be – especially in a multi-cat household, where only one cat needs to be to on a diet, and perhaps, another cat is at risk of not eating enough.
A cat guardian in the UK decided to use the SureFlap Microchip Cat Door to help her cat Pie lose weight. Pie lost 5 pounds and is now a svelte 13 pounds, and was even awarded the Top Cat Loser Award in 2011. Pie shares his home with his feline friend Pudding, who is at a normal weight. The cat’s guardians installed the SureFlap Microchip Cat Door as an internal door to block Pie from getting at Pudding’s food. Read how Pie lost weight with the help of the SureFlap cat door, in Pie’s own words.
Visit the SureFlap website for more information.
We’re giving away one of these doors to one lucky reader. Please tell me in a comment why you’d like to win a SureFlap Microchip Cat Door and how you would use it in your home. For an additional chance to win, share this giveaway on Twitter or Facebook, and leave the link in a separate comment. This giveaway ends Tuesday, May 8.