How to Programme a Microchip Cat Flap?

How to Programme a Microchip Cat Flap?

Cat flaps help you to keep stray pets at bay, which is handy especially if you have a busy lifestyle which does not give you enough time at home. We have two types of cat flaps: the ordinary ones and the others that come with a microchip. A microchip cat flap is an advanced pet door that works with the microchip installed in your pets at home. There is a bit of setting up that has to be done for your microchip cat flap to work with the microchip in your pets. This is what brings in the sophistication that is associated with most of these types of cat flaps. In this article, we are going to look at how a microchip cat flap can be programmed to work with your pets.

How it works

A microchip cat flap works by selectively allowing pets in and out of the home through the small pet door. It is powered by either batteries or mains electricity to automatically lock once the programmed pet has either left or entered the house. For it to function like this, you need to programme it with the microchip installed in your pet or the one on the pet’s neck strap. One good thing about microchip cat flaps is that they work with a wide range of microchips, which means you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues with your microchipped pet. There are high chances that the microchip in your pet is compatible with the microchip cat flap that you purchase.

Preparation before installation

It is important to set up your microchip cat flap before installing it on the wall, window or door. Setting up the microchip cat flap is a simple process because more often than not, it comes with an instructions manual that features self-explanatory guidelines. Some of the settings you can adjust in the microchip cat flap include specifying the number of pets and setting the timer. While some microchip cat flaps support only one pet, others can support up to as many as 30 pets. You can even have a microchip cat flap that allows you to programme it such that you can allow some pets to leave the house while restricting others in the same household. The timer will allow you to know the last time your pet left the house and what time it returned into the house.

If you know the height of your pet and the size of the microchip cat flap, it is going to be very easy to go through the entire installation process. Make sure you put into consideration the height of the smallest pet in your house. This is because it is easier for taller pets to go through a slightly shorter flap than it is for a short one to go through a flap that is above its height.

Once you have set up your microchip cat flap and installed it on the wall, window or door, you need to activate the learning mode. This is the mode in which the microchip scanner in the cat flap looks for the microchips in your pets and records them. You can achieve this by making your pet to go through the microchip cat flap a couple of times. This can be a bit difficult and therefore you may need to try enticing the pet with food from the opposite side. You can as well just bring the pet closer to the microchip until it has been recorded.


In summation, even though the programming instructions for the various microchip cat flaps are specific to the brand, the general procedure is fairly easy and you can be through in a matter of minutes.

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About the Author Harry Thompson

Involved in home renovations throughout his life, Harry is an expert in everything to do with home and garden DIY. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and tending to his garden.