Three cats benefit from smart new pet door
How did you find the setup of the Microchip Pet Door Connect?
Very easy. There were good instructions including lots of different door options and decent hardware.
Where have you installed the pet door?
A PVC panel in the bottom of our rear door to the back garden.
How do you feel that the pet door has benefitted your cats?
The pets like the bigger, clearer door as they just like sitting and looking out of it. Before the flap was smaller and less clear no matter how much we cleaned it and the cats used to fly through it as they couldn't see who was hiding around the door. Now they take it slower as they get a much better view. We thought we were getting other cats trying to come into the house via the old cat flap and now we know other (unauthorised) cats are trying to get in but of course failing as the locks on this pet door are stronger.
Has the pet door provided you with more control over your cats’ access?
Yes, on Bonfire Night we were able to set a curfew, so the door would unlock just after midnight while we were fast asleep and the fireworks had stopped.
Has the pet door enabled you to have any further insight into the behaviour of your cats?
Watching and recording our cats’ movements over the weeks is really good fun. It’s nice to see their patterns of sleep and activity.
Does the pet door make you feel more connected with your cats?
Most definitely. While we were on holiday last week suffering cat withdrawal symptoms we could see each cat was going out each day and their patterns hadn't changed. They were in their usual routine although all three cats were going out a little bit more in the evening, maybe waiting for us to come home.
How did you find the setup of the app?
Easy, not much more I can say. It was very straightforward.
How often do you use the app and when do you interact with it most?
Every day at the moment. I mostly use the app when it sends me a notification about who goes in and out, especially at work when it puts a little smile on my face seeing how lazy Daphne is.
Is there any area of the app that you have used most?
We use most of the app on both our phones a lot, especially insights and notifications. The homepage is great to update the status of when Daphne, Tilly or Jason get their humans to open the front door for them and not use the pet door.
Do the notifications provide any additional insight?
Just peace of mind that they are around and need to pop out to chase some leaves.
Have you shared access to the app with anyone such as friends or family?
Not yet although we do have the app on multiple devices including my GPS (my iPhone). When we were driving around Wales it would pop up that Jason had exited the house through the pet door... Bye Jason! It always made us laugh.
Would you recommend the product?
Yes, we would, and we have many times.