The simplest version works on 2 ways: in and out – that’s it.
With the 4-way version, you can choose whether you want to get in or out, either, or if you want to keep the flap closed.
If you want to save energy, you should think about a cat flap with two doors, as these are usually also equipped with two brushes and a magnetic lock, and thus better insulated.
The trade offers cat flaps with different locking systems. Here is a brief overview of the most common systems:
1. Mechanical locking system
A magnetic strip fixes the flap after use.
2. Magnetic locking system
To open the flap, the cat must wear a collar magnet.
3. Multi-magnetic locking system
The magnetic key can be coded with different locking options.
4. Electromagnetic locking system – coded or uncoded
Like the magnetic locking system, but battery operated (also as a coded version with different locking options).
5. Infrared locking system
The cat flap only works with a special infrared transmitter on the collar.
6. Locking system with chip
The cat flap recognizes the chip of your cat. With this system you make sure that only your cat can use the flap: The chip number of your cat is stored in the system and it “recognizes” your cat. If your cat is not chipped, you can also use an RFID collar * (RFID = identification by means of electromagnetic waves).
Remove the magnets on the cat flap to reduce the resistance
Some cats are insecure if the cat flap does not open without resistance; if it is under pressure, it will remain closed and the cat will sit frustrated in front of the closed flap and eventually ignore it completely. Many cat flaps have a magnetic locking system (see “The technical acclimatization”) Without magnets, which fix the flap after opening again, the flap would swing even longer or in the strong wind (too) open easily.
To reduce the resistance for the cat, you can either tap or remove the magnets – now your cat can easily slip through!
After a few days, when she understands how the flap works, you can let the magnets work again.
By foam rubber dampen the Klapplautstärke
When opening and closing, the flaps make sounds that easily irritate cats that do not know it. Both the clacking when unlocking (when the chip was read in) and the swinging of the flap can scare off cats. Many a cat has the habit of not slipping through the flap at one go, but more often with the head alone, and the flap always clicks.
Make it a little easier for you by slightly dampening the sound!
Unfortunately, not much can be done against the slight clacking after unlocking. but you can minimize the noise of swinging back and forth by dousing with a little foam rubber. This pays off for you too! Especially if your cat likes to come home at night …
The chip recognition also run
If you have opted for a cat flap with chip recognition and you have this (successfully) installed, only your Miez must go to action: Memory’microchip from the Miez in the system – this is usually at the push of a button – so that his chip number is stored – and then pilot him right through the fold: done!
If several cats live with you, you simply celebrate this with each individual cat in the same way: The locking system then recognizes each cat on their individual chip.
The advantage: “You can not get in here!” – the individual chip recognition makes it impossible for foreign animals to enter your living room! Once and for all, unwelcome guests, such as strange cats, modern, rats and others you prefer to see outside, are left behind.