This is a simple mechanical lock that can be locked open or shut. When training a pet to use the Petflap lock the flap slightly open giving the animal an understanding of how to open the flap. Once your pet is familiar with going in and out through the flap, return the lock to the open position for normal use, and lock it when preferred.
During manufacture, the bolt is added after the lock has been fixed. This means that it is possible to pull the bolt out, but it isn’t designed to come out during regular use. The bolt can be stiff to open at first (but will ease up with use) and could possibly come out if pulled with a great deal of force, but if this happens it can be fitted back in fairly easily.
We’re often asked whether the Petflap has microchip access. At the moment the answer is no.
We’ve looked at incorporating this type of access control as we know it’s a feature may pet owners find appealing and we’d love to give the nation’s pet lovers what they want. The problem we’ve found in our trials is that the technology just isn’t reliable enough. This type of technology is great when it works but can be disastrous if it fails. We have a plan for a failsafe chip access system, but have not yet fully developed it.
So for now, until a chip is developed that we find reliable enough to want to include with the Petflap, it remains a chip-free zone.