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Sureflap Review Mk 5 Latest Version

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

As possibly the largest seller of Sureflap microchip cat flaps we feel well positioned to give you an honest and unbiased review on the new Sureflap latest version that has been launched in January 2011.

The main benefit of the new Sureflap Mk5 over the Mk4 model from our customer's point of view is that this latest model has a draft excluder which you will appreciate if your cat flap is fitted directly into a kitchen door, especially on a cold windy day.

One main reason why so many people are looking to upgrade their existing 4 way locking or magnetic flaps to a microchip cat flap is for security reasons. I just didn't realise how many households have problems with aggressive toms forcing their way in and spraying everywhere or just thieving your beloved moggy's food. The new microchip cat flaps offer the very best in security as they will only allow entry to the cats you want to enter by reading their implanted unique microchip. One issue with the Mk4 Sureflap was that the mechanism on the door was a little slow so the new latest version Sureflap has a faster locking mechanism, which helps to prevent tailgating by other cats.

A point worth mentioning about the new locking mechanism is that it is quite noisy and can scare a nervous cat, when I fitted my own Sureflap at home it took our cat at least 10 days to realise that it was safe and overcome the slightly noisy latch.

The new Sureflap is still battery operated and battery life was a factor that worried us before we decided to sell these, however it is now 6 months since we first installed ours and its still operating on the same set of batteries, we have been waiting for these to drain so that we can test the low battery life indicator!

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

Many people who are looking for a microchip cat flap have a decision to make, do they buy the Sureflap or the Pet Porte which is perhaps recognised as the leading brand, so the new Sureflap needed to perform if it was to take some market share. The Pet Porte certainly has a lot more features then the new Sureflap latest version as this has no selective entry, it has no vet mode and neither does it importantly have a night mode. Most cats are victims of road accidents after the hours of dark so not having a night mode is an important factor to consider before you buy the latest version Sureflap.

If you are looking for a reliable but basic microchip cat flap then this certainly should be of interest as it is a reliable option, we have sold large numbers of these through our website and we have had very few after sales issues to deal with.

Being totally frank with you the main issue that we have with the Sureflap is the fact that it is just too small, the entry/ exit flap will only allow a small to medium cats through, so if you have a large cat then you need to consider the Pet Porte which is larger. We have had quite a few returns from customers who don't read the detail on the sizing of this on our website so for those that need to know the opening size is 145mm x 130mm (5.7″x 5.1″). The good news however is I know they are working on a new larger version although this may be quite a while before this reaches the market.

If you would like further details on any aspect of the new Sureflap latest version then please give us a call for free on 0800 849 8844, alternatively should you like to purchase one then please click the following link easyanimal.co.uk/sureflap-microchip-cat-flap.html . We offer fast free next day delivery by courier and sell these Sureflaps at a very competitive price.

Author Tim Berrisford

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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