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Without putting too fine a point on it, my cat is fat. He's on a diet but at the moment has a low swinging belly so looks like toothpaste being squeezed from the tube when going through a cat flap. He's also a little stupid so after using a flap once he thought he could run through doors and so tried it on the wall with hilarious results and luckily no injury beyond bruised pride.
This large cat flap has a decent sized flap suited to the Rubenesque proportions of a pampered puss while still being small enough to encourage me to stick to kitty's diet plan.
The locking mechanism isn't great. Like with many cat flaps, a determined moggy will push through when you don't want them going outside and will laugh at you from the other side. They'll then pretend they can't get back through just to encourage their human slave to bow to their whims.
It's also not one of the more attractive cat flaps on the market, I think the grey door is a little less aesthetically pleasing than the clear frosted ones.
Da wir umgezogen sind und unsere Katze nun auch den Keller als ihr Revier betrachten kann musste so eine Klappe her. Ich hab ja keine Lust ständig aufzustehen wenn der “feine Herr“ rauf und runter will. Der Einbau der Klappe ist für Leute mit etwas handwerklichen Geschick eigentlich kein Problem. Mitgelieferte Schablone auflegen,anzeichnen und mit der Stichsäge ausschneiden. Ggf stärke der Klappe an den sollbruchstellen abbrechen/schneiden/schleifen zb mit einem Dremel und in die Tür einsetzen. Löcher für die Schrauben bohren und dann noch die Schrauben anziehen. Fertig ! Die Klappe kann man in drei verschiedenen Stellungen einstellen. Beiseitig schwingend, nur nach innen oder nur nach aussen. Unsere Katze hatte sich bisschen schwer getan obwohl sie solche Türen von der Katzentoilette kennt. Aber mit Leckerlies jeweils auf der andern Seite konnte man das Tier zum durch gehen bewegen. Die Sache haben wir 5mal in Folge wiederholt und ihn immer gelobt. Dann hatte er es kapiert und der Laden lief :) Zur Klappe selbst ist nicht viel zusagen. Gut verarbeitet , sieht nicht schlecht aus und funktioniert. Das einzige wo ich heulen könnte ist, ich musste in eine niegelnagel neue Tür ein Loch reinsägen ! Von mir gibt's 5 Sterne !
We purchased and installed this cat flap afew months ago and I've left a review for a while to see how it holds up with time. Personally I've found it to be fantastic. We'd previously purchased a really expensive one which works by a cats microchip but before installing that we realised our cats are too fat to fit into it. So we emergency purchased this hoping for the best. We're quite security focused so we were aiming for something sturdy. Overall we've been really impressed with this cat flap. It does the job, you can close it four ways like advertised. Our cats have loved the freedom. The panel is strong enough that's it's not really cold in the kitchen (which is something we were concerned about). Arrived on time and well packaged.
Sorry the picture is a little weird, it's from a camera we used to see at first if it was being used by the cats (as you can see it was).
This works perfectly as a very basic cat flap. It is quiet and open & closes soundlessly. This is important when you have a nervous rescue who is terrified of the CLICK of a microchip cat flap and you eventually give up and concede that the way more expensive cat flap, is not going to work... Had to re-train her with toothpicks holding the flap open, until she got the idea that it was not going to make a noise like a guillotine...
*update 10 months on... I'm looking for a replacement - this one 'catches' on one side so that the cats can't get in or out.
I bought the large size as my biggest cat is 8kg with a floppy belly (he's big due to a blood disorder!).... he fits through it fine and learnt to use it faster than my other cats. But for humans, the locking clips are a bit fiddly.... you have to crouch right down to see what clip position does what. Also, the plastic feels quite brittle and I wonder if the locking clips will last for long. They were stiff to start with but have got easier to move. I am using this in a place which may have -20C temps in winter and wonder will the plastic survive these low temps without breaking.
I have two adult Maine Coon's and the boy (biggest) can fit through it no problem. The locking mechanism is sturdy enough, but like all cat flaps you need to be careful not to be too heavy handed when locking or unlocking the flap. The flap has a very good swing and the magnet is just right - strong enough to prevent wind blowing it open and weak enough not to discourage the cats from using it. It was very easy to install once the hole was cut in the door. The template was good stiff card which made it easy to mark out the cut. My only gripe, and it didn't knock a star off, was that the screws supplied where very cheap. One of them hardly had any thread so I replaced it with one I had. Why manufacturers try and skimp on things like this is beyond me - It can't reduce their costs by that much but could ruin the hole you are trying to screw into - gripfill time!!!
A good cat flap only reason i did not give 5 stars is both my cats have learnt how to lift the flap backwards so even though its only locked for going out they have learnt to pull the flap backwards and get out. Not the cat flaps fault it's my blooming cats.
A much better bit of kit than the previous 2 lock Cat Mate we had. Our cat learned how to open it and I had to make a plywood insert to make sure he couldn't get out, that was 2 cat flaps ago. The next one he just smashed his way through, breaking the flap in the process. This one is good, he hasn't sussed how to open it and having four little locks instead of the previous two, I doubt he will. It is also very robust and he can't prise it open using his head. A winner!
I’ve had two of these so far and just ordered a third. I use them indoors so there’s less for them to endure I suppose but I certainly can’t fault them. I feel bad watching cats squeeze through little doors so this in large is great for my small cats. If I genuinely had a big cat I’d probably get a small or medium dog door but it’s personal preference I suppose.
It’s easy to fit and to reattach the few times the first one fell off (we cut the door weird, I don’t blame the flap, no problems with the second at all). The locks are fine but I don’t tend to use them, I can’t speak for their durability if used multiple times a day.