Sureflap – Top Rated Cat Flap Review

Having very energetic cats means that it is impossible to keep them indoors.

Cat parents have mixed feelings towards whether a cat should be kept in or let out but to me it all comes down to the type of place you live in (flat vs house), the area you live in (You might not want to have an outdoor cat if you live in central London!) and your cat’s personality.

Installing a microchip cat flap like Sureflap was a “must do” for us…

Sureflap – Where Have You Been All This Time?

My Partner and I live in a terraced house and we adopted our cats 2 and a half years ago. We initially kept them in for 3 weeks to allow them getting used to their new environment, so that they can recognise the smell of their home and return safely after a long night out hunting 😉

During those 3 weeks, while our cats were going insane and jumping on all the furniture, we thoroughly researched the best cat flaps. We wanted one that is activated by the cats’ microchip, to avoid having other people’s cats coming into our house and throwing a party.

Sureflap was our ultimate decision, due to the amount of good reviews we have seen over the Internet. You can view the item and its reviews here.

Not the Cheapest, But it Lasts for Many Years!

While I understand that you can find cheaper cat flaps out there, usually the cheap ones do not have the microchip technology. I also believe that spending a bit more always pays off, whatever the product you need to buy is.

Imagine trying to save $15/£15 now but having to buy a new one again after one year. I don’t see that as a good investment!

As of today (4th August 2018) we have had the Sureflap cat flap for 2 and a half years and we have never had any issues.

Whenever we need to go away on holiday, we feel confident that the cat flap will keep on working and that our cats will still be able to follow their daily routines with no issues.

Main Features:

  • Works with your cat’s existing microchip to keep out intruder cats and wildlife
  • Compatible with 9, 10 and 15 digit microchips
  • No collar or tag is required to operate the SureFlap, which can get lost or snagged
  • Runs off 4 AA batteries which last up to a year with normal use
  • Includes 4-way manual lock for controlled entry and exit

It Looks Good in Your House, Unlike the Cheap Kind

I have seen cheap cat flaps make modern looking doors look like they are ancient! If you are like me and have a modernly furnished house, then the last thing you want is having something completely out of place.

The Sureflap Microchip Cat Flap looks good and sleek. We bought the white version as our back door is white but they do a brown version too 🙂

If kept clean, the cat flap just looks like it is integral part of the door, which is nice!

Easy to Clean – Oh Yes!

Don’t we all love ‘easy to clean’ stuff? Yes, I think so…

The Sureflap can be easily cleaned by using anti-bacterial wipes. Of course, like with anything, you have to keep on top of things and clean it regularly. It wouldn’t be as easy to clean if you left it dirty for a whole year… You can’t expect miracles 😉

You will also have to remember to clear all the fluff that gets stuck when your cat goes through the door, as this can build up quite quickly if you have a cat who enjoys coming in and going out several times a day… My cats are like rebellious teenagers who some days just come in for dinner and then just go straight out…

Cleaning the cat flap regularly is just a small routine you will have to get used to but believe me… It will make your cat flap last longer and it will always look good 🙂

Sureflap is a Winner!

We are about to move house and we have decided that it is just easier for us to leave this cat flap here for the next tenants to enjoy and buy a new one to install at the new place.

My partner has already ordered another Sureflap to go in the new place. We didn’t feel like changing make as this one has never failed us.

The place we are moving into has got french doors, so we have also had to buy a cat flap adapter to cover the circular hole that will need making on the door glass. This adapter is very cheap and can be found on Amazon too.

I would advise you to go and check a few reviews and the full product description here.

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to set up the cat flap 🙂

What cat flap do you use? Are you thinking of buying the Sureflap or are you already using one?

I would like to hear your opinion, so please feel free to leave a comment below.

I will also be more than happy to answer any questions you have, so please either leave a comment or email me directly at 🙂

PS: Make sure you also check out this other review that could be very useful for you my fellow cat parent 😉 Click here!

Author: Cristina

17 thoughts on “Sureflap – Top Rated Cat Flap Review

  1. Hi Cristina,

    I really enjoyed the reading!

    My father used to use a flap for his cats, and it was so helpful. I remember that he had three cats at home and they all had a collar to open the flap. I also have a cat, and every time she wants to go out or in, someone needs to open her the door or the window. And sometimes it really is annoying especially when we are swamped.
    The sureflap microchip cat is exactly what I am looking for. Just a question, please. My cat is afraid of many things and I was wondering if it would be easy to get used to flaps? Do you have some good tips?

    Thank you for this excellent post!

    1. Hi Daniella,

      A good way to train a cat to get through the cat flap is to use treats. Stand on the other side of the cat flap and encourage the cat to come in by offering food they cannot resist. It will take time but they will learn eventually 🙂

      Many thanks,


  2. Thank you for this review on sureflap. I had not heard of that one before. As a pet owner I like the idea of the flap being microchip activated so that stray animals do not wander into the house. In my local council area cats have to be kept in at night so as not to prey on the local wildlife. I was just wondering if this was an issue is your urban area? It was interesting to read that you are currently renting. Is it hard to get a place to live in as a pet owner in your part of the world? Landlords have the right to refuse tenancy requests based on pets in my part of the world.

    1. Hi Glenys,

      I live in the UK and our cats are allowed out at any time… In fact, we often get some nice presents from our cats :/

      Yes, it can be quite challenging to find a place to rent where pets are allowed. We have now bought a house, so likely this is no longer an issue for us 🙂


  3. A micro chipped catflap is a great idea! as we usually find we have to lock the cat flap to stop the neighboring cats from coming in and fighting with our cats for their food. 

    On one occasion there was a big fight and our TV was knocked of the table and broke.

    1. Hi Dianne,

      Thank you for your review 🙂

      Indeed! We could never go back to standard cat flaps. We already get enough live mice and birds from our own cats, so imagine what we could wake up to if other cats could get in the house as well…hahah

      Sorry to hear about your TV and I hope no other incidents occurred since then!


  4. Cristina, Hello! In my opinion this is a great product and a good investment for cats. 

    The technology has gone far and it is possible to fix the schedule of arrival and departure of your favorite creation on the smartphone. Is there a curfew feature for blocking flap? 

    Of course, the issue of door or window panels is also of concern. 

    This is a useful solution for a cat and I am ready to share such an inexpensive novelty with friends. Thank. Mark

    1. Hey Mark,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Indeed, technology can be a good thing sometimes 🙂

      I am afraid the cat flap is all manual. There is a dial which you turn so that you can set the cat flap to be completely locked or either to prevent cats from coming in or going out.

      The above features are pretty useful though. We for example set it so that our cats can come in but can no longer go out if we need to flea the cats and we want to prevent them from running away, once they have come in 🙂

      Please let me know if you have any further questions!


  5. This product sounds excellent, but I have one major question.  How do you get a microchip put in your cat?  I am assuming it has to be surgically done.  What is the process?  Is it painful?

    I really like the idea of having a cat door that can be entered by only your cat.  Where I live, there aren’t many cats, and they are not close by.  However, I can see a real advantage to yours.  Also, I have been concerned about small wild animals getting in.  One example would be the squirrels that hang around my porch, if they don’t see the cat.  Your door is definitely a good idea.

    Here’s another question:  Does the cat door have a good lock, if you want to keep the cat in?  My cat figured out how to open the lock on his door.  My son put a Plexiglas plate on it so he couldn’t just go out the door.  He learned how to remove that.  Finally we had to put a heavy object in front of it if we wanted him to stay in.  

    Could you possibly address these two questions in your answer?  Thank you.

    1. Hi Fran,

      Thank you for your comment 🙂

      Microchips are inserted under the skin with a needle. It is a quick and painless procedure, as the chip is only about the size of a rice grain. This is inserted in between the cat’s shoulder blades. 

      With regards to your question about the lock, the cat flap is quite secure. We have now used it for almost 3 years and neither of our cats have ever worked out how to get out of the cat flap when it is locked 🙂

      I hope I have answered all your queries but please let me know if you need anything else.


  6. I’ve got three cats and two of them have microchips so this would work great. I know I need to get around to getting my last cat a chip as well, but is there any way I could use this product without having to get my kitty chipped first? She freaks out whenever I put her in the carrier and she just went to the vet a couple of weeks ago so I’d prefer to not go through that experience again for a while..

    1. Hi Craig,

      Yes, the cat flaps has got the option of being used without a microchip, however this means that it will be unlocked at all times and therefore, other cats can come in.

      I hope this helps and let me know how it goes 🙂


  7. Dear Cristina,

    Thanks a lot for the detailed and thorough review. I got great insights from your review post.

    For the first time I am hearing about the Cat flap and I am amazed at the benefits. One of my very dearest friend is having cats in his home and he love them and take a great care on them.

    He use to travel a lot and because of his cats he need to rush often or cancel many programs. I am going to share your review post with him and its going to be a greater help to him.

    The video you embedded on how to set up the cat flap is very helpful.

    Wishing you much Success!


    1. Thank you Paul, I am glad you like the review 🙂

      Let me know if your friend decides to get this product. I am curious to see how him and the cat will get on!


  8. We have two cats that we have kept outside most of the time, and inside only occasionally. This looks like a perfect solution to letting the cat decide where they prefer to be and for how long. I wonder if cats in general prefer the option of being outside, or if it would depend on the particular cat’s personality. Maybe it depends on the weather, etc.

    1. Hi Danette,

      Thank you for your comment.

      It depends on the cat’s personality really and their habit. Our 2 cats are very active and they would hate staying indoors 🙂

      However, they do like to get cozy at home when the weather is bad!

      Are your cats very active?


  9. Wow!! I need to show this to my parents-in-law! At the moment, their cat Tomy has no way to go in or out of the house unless someone is there to open the door for him.

    Thanks a lot for such a great review! 🙂


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