Give Your Furball A Curfew With Hi-Tech Pet Door

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Door flaps that that react to your pet’s microchip are not news: it was 2008 when SureFlap first launched their revolutionary product. It all began with one very frustrated pet parent, Dr. Nick Hill, a Cambridge physicist, who’s now the company’s director. His cat, Flipper, was constantly terrorized by rude neighborhood cats, who would come in through his little door flap. So he went and invented a product that allowed his kitty exclusive access to home, sweet home: a door that recognized his microchip as a key of sorts, effectively locking out any other feline who tried to find its way in.

A decade later, the company’s got a new name- Sure Petcare, and a brand new product: the first app-controlled microchip pet door in the world, named SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Connect. The pet door is to be connected to a kitty-shaped hub and then controlled via a smartphone app. Although the primary function remains the same- keeping furry intruders out- the innovated and improved smart door flap has more than a few new features up its sleeve that are worth the upgrade. Now, you can monitor your pet’s activity, lock and unlock the pet door, receive intruder alerts and gain insight into your furball’s behavior, and all that through your smartphone. Pretty impressive, right?

Microchip Pet Door Connect by Sure Petcare, first door flap controlled by a smartphone app.

The app-connected pet door can recognize up to 32 different microchips, and, if your pet is not microchipped, SureFlap RFID Collar Tag is available as an alternative. Although kitties were the original target audience, the new and improved door flap is a match both for large felines and small breed dogs.

Getting a notification on your phone when your kitty returns from its daily neighborhood roam, or one if a strange animal tried to squirrel their way in is definitely a nifty feature, but I think most pet parents will be excited about the ability to remotely lock and unlock the door, or schedule a curfew- which will keep your pet indoors for a set period. So, next time you’re stuck at work or out for the day, you won’t have to wonder if your pet is safe indoors or being mischievous in the backyard!