Pet lifestyle specialist SureFlap has revealed the first-ever app-controlled pet door – the Microchip Pet Door Connect. Combined with their Sure Petcare app it allows pet owners to control the pet door remotely from a smartphone or tablet, as well as monitor their pets’ activity and habits from anywhere in the world.
The Pet Door Connect is designed for cats and small dogs and works via a Hub device, which connects the pet door to the internet. The Hub can be used to link more Connect products from SureFlap as they expand their range in the future.
The pet door utilises microchip-reading technology meaning it only responds to your pets microchip or RFID-collar tag ensuring unwanted animals are kept out, similar to their existing products such as the Microchip Pet Feeder and Microchip Cat Flap.
Dr Nick Hill, founder and CEO of SureFlap said: “Our aim is to develop great products that are useful, easy to use and make life easier for pet owners and their pets.”
Jon Bowen, Royal Veterinary College vet and animal behaviourist said: “For me, the real value lies in the data and ability to log and track a pet’s habits – something we’ve not been able to do until now. Over time, this information can provide an accurate insight into your pet’s wellbeing and help you determine what is “normal” behaviour for your pet and what is not.”
The Microchip Pet Door Connect, including the Hub is available to purchase online at sureflap.com, as well as from leading pet retailers for an RRP of £159.99.
It will be available in USA, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Netherlands and Belgium later in the year.