Sureflap Review Mk 5 Latest Version
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!
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