How to Install Your Microchip Cat Flap

Installing microchip cat flaps are really simple and straightforward process especially if you are familiar with basic DIY. There are four basic microchip cat flap installations and they include wooden, uPVC, glass and concrete installations.

The first two installations are fairly simple but the third and fourth may require specialist tools to go through with the installation successfully.

Therefore, this article focuses on the wooden and/or uPVC installations because they are the ones that you can do by yourself. It will take you through the step by step procedure of installing a microchip cat flap on a wooden or uPVC wall.

What You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Pencil

The Procedure

The first thing that you need to do is calculate the height of the cat flap. Ideally, the right height of the cat flap should be the same as the cat’s legs. Alternatively, you can measure the number of millimeters your cat’s belly is off the ground in its standing position. If you have more than one cats with varying heights, then the cat flap should consider the height of the shortest cat. This is because it is much easier for a tall cat to crouch than a short one to reach for the flap.

Secondly, mark the outline on the door and then drill through the corners of the cat flap. Usually, the cat flap will come with a paper template that will help you to make this template onto the door. Ensure that the bottom line is positioned correctly according to your cat’s height. Another very important thing to consider is the size of the bits you will use to drill the holes. Remember that the holes need to be larger than the jigsaw blade for it to fit perfectly when cutting the template. 

Now use the jigsaw to cut out the template. This is pretty simple. All you have to do is put the jigsaw through one of the drilled holes and cut carefully around the template then just push it out. Once you have done that, the job is almost done. The remaining part is to drill the holes to which you are going to fix the cat flap. The paper template will show you where you need to drill the holes where you are going to put the bolts to secure the flap in place. Once you have drilled these holes in accordance with the guidelines in the paper template, the final thing to do is just bolt the cat flap in place and begin to use it.

A microchip cat flap works with microchipped cats. Once you have installed the cat flap, you need to program it so that it works only with your cats. Remember, the essence of a microchip cat flap is to enhance security. This is ensured by keeping alien cats away from you home and also keeping your pets from straying out of the house without your knowledge. Once the installation is completed and you have adjusted the settings, you are good to go. 

About the Author Harry Thompson

Gaining a BSc Honours in building/ property maintenance at the University of Portsmouth Harry went into the field of renovating properties. Along the journey, he has developed a wide variety of home & garden DIY skills such as installing new kitchens and landscaping gardens.