Although made from plastic, these smart cat flaps are tough enough to take the battering of any animal that would be able to fit through them or claw the door open towards them. As you can see below in this footage of a raccoon trying its hardest to get in over several nights, they are made of stern stuff!
The design of these microchip cat flaps means that it is virtually impossible for a cat to paw the door open towards them because there is nothing for them to stick their claws into (no foam padding for example) and there is nothing for them to latch their claws under or through.
Cats cannot bash their way through like they can with electromagnetic, 4-way locking, or infrared cat flaps. The door will stand up to more than 12kg of force, which is far greater than any domesticated cat is able to exert.
There is no chance of other cats being able to trigger the door to unlock as they can with magnetic and certain infrared cat flaps. Also because your cat does not need to wear any collar there is no chance of him or her being locked outside.
Our current pick of the best option for keeping out other cats (or intruders!) out whilst providing your cat with unfettered access is the Petsafe Dual Scan as this has a lock from both sides, which even prevents pulling the door open with a coat hanger or similar.
If any other cat started to tailgate your cat inside you can reduce the length of time that the door stays unlocked after scanning your cat’s microchip.
The only thing the microchip cat flap cannot, at this time, prevent your cats from bringing in mice or birds… maybe one day!!