It’s been an exciting year for Sure Petcare
19th December 2018
We’ve had an exciting, eventful year here at Sure Petcare, so we thought we’d take a look back at 2018’s highlights.
2018 marked ten years since the launch of our first product, the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap. For a decade we have been helping pets and their owners to keep intruder animals out of homes around the world. Ten years on, we now offer a range of cat flaps, bowls and monitoring devices, including our popular internet connected pet doors.
This year we launched the world’s most advanced cat flap ever; the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect. This product is quite a step up from our first cat flap ten years ago. It follows in the footsteps of the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Connect, which launched in the UK and Europe last year and in the US, Australia and New Zealand at the start of this year.
The Microchip Cat Flap Connect is app-controlled, allowing cat owners to see when their pet enters or leaves the house and lock and unlock the cat flap from anywhere. Graphs of a cat’s activity give pet owners the chance to notice any changes in behaviour which could spell illness or distress. The Microchip Cat Flap Connect has been our most successful product launch to date with sales outstripping our expectations.
Later in the year we launched Animo, our first product solely for dogs. Animo is an activity and behaviour monitor which tracks a dog’s activity, enables activity goals to be set and alerts owners to changes in sleep quality, barking, scratching and shaking behaviours.
This year we have won an impressive seven awards, which demonstrates how much we strive for perfection. The awards are:
- Pet Age - Reader's Choice Award for the Microchip Pet Door Connect
- NewVoiceMedia’s CONVO Awards - Customer Experience Excellence Award
- Pet Industry Federation – Product Innovation Award for the Microchip Cat Flap Connect
- Pet Quip - Pet Product Innovation of the Year (Health/Technical) Gold winner for the Microchip Cat Flap Connect and the Microchip Pet Door Connect
- International Cat Care – Cat Friendly Award for the Microchip Pet Door Connect
- Lux Awards - Best Smart Pet Technology Provider 2018 - United Kingdom
- Lux Awards – Best Pet Security Product for the Microchip Cat Flap
This year we have attended a number of trade and consumer events. In May, we had a stand at Interzoo 2018, where we introduced our connected products to pet retailers from around the world. We also attended a number of cat and dog consumer shows in Australia and New Zealand.
In January we will be attending CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. With multiple connected products under our belt, we felt it was the right time to attend such an event. At the show, we will be introducing our SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect, due to launch in the first quarter of 2019. At a time when many pet owners are conscious of their pet’s weight, the Microchip Pet Feeder Connect will allow accurate portioning using integrated scales and the product will give an insight into how much a cat eats and how often they eat. All this can be seen in the Sure Petcare app, the same app supported by the Microchip Cat Flap Connect and the Microchip Pet Door Connect, meaning that multiple products can be operated using one app. Along with Animo, these products form the basis of our Connected Product Ecosystem; a suite of products which can be used together to give pet owners a greater understanding of their pet’s behaviour, encouraging proactive pet care.