The world’s first app-controlled pet door

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Pet lifestyle specialist SureFlap recently announced the availability of the first-ever app-controlled pet door—the Microchip Pet Door Connect.

Designed for cats and small dogs, the Microchip Pet Door Connect works via a Hub device, which connects the pet door to the internet. The pet owner is then able to control the pet door remotely from the Sure Petcare app.

The pet door utilises microchip-reading technology meaning it only responds to the resident pet(s) microchip or RFID-collar tag ensuring unwanted animals are kept out.

Other smart features of the app include the ability to:

  • Receive notifications via the app when their pet leaves or enters the house.
  • Log and track their pets’ activity throughout the day. Historic data stored by the app can reveal changes in their pets’ behaviour or wellbeing.
  • Remotely lock or unlock the pet door anytime, anywhere. Owners can also set a curfew to keep their pets indoors at specified times during the day.

“Our aim is to develop great products that are useful, easy to use and make life easier for pet owners and their pets,” Dr Nick Hill, founder and CEO of SureFlap said.

“With the development of any new product, we involve our customers from the beginning. Their feedback in the design and usability stages is crucial—it enables us to deliver something that is of value to them and their pets.”

Commenting on the pet door, 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 is a game changer and will become an essential part of maintaining a happy, healthy pet.”

The Microchip Pet Door Connect will be available in Australia from September. In the meantime, you can register your interest here.

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