For a kitten or a cat that has not used a cat flap before, there is a learning curve that has to be negotiated. The process of using the microchip cat flap has a lot that may seem strange at first. The cat flap door may look impassable, having to push through against the door to pass through, then having the door run along their back and worrying if the cat flap door may close and trap their tail. This can make the cat flap experience unpleasant for your pet. The sound of the cat door mechanism can also be quite discomforting to the pet.
Setting up your microchip cat flap
If you are having problems setting up your microchip cat flap then here is some advice on how to set up your microchip cat flap.
Break up using your microchip cat flap
This problem can be solved by breaking up the process into smaller chunks. Start by fixing the door open with some tape, so your pet can walk through without contact with the door. If it helps, your pet can start on the outside so they are looking towards a familiar, comfortable environment.
Once they are happy to walk through the cat flap with the door open, then the door can be lowered slightly and then tested again with your pet. Continue this until your pet is happy to walk through the cat flap with the door down. Another tip, if your pet is struggling through these steps, is to bribe or incentivise your pet with a favourite toy or snack. Make sure to reward progress and offer plenty of encouragement!
In short, try not to rush the steps, be patient and be willing to offer plenty of tasty treats!
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