Originally Posted by jennyranson
I have always used magnetic cat flaps - I think they are wonderful. Only they are not good for cats who keep losing their collars with the magnets on! Fortunately most large pet shops sell replacements.
I brought one to Bosnia and everyone was amazed - they are not available here. But as people here normally don't have cats in the house at all, there is no demand. In my experience it is very easy to train a cat to use one - just put the magnet on the collar (make sure it is the right way round) and hold the cat right up close in front of the door till you hear a slight click, which is the magnet releasing the door catch. Then push the cat through. Do this a few times and the cat quickly gets the idea.
Thanks for your reply.
Guinness has never really had a collar (I never felt he needed too as he is microchipped) but I am sure he will be able to adjust to having something round his neck. That pushing him through the flap etc is exactly what I did when I was training him how to use the cat flap that I have now! At first he would go out but he didn't understand that the flap worked the other way as well to let him in! lol
He is now a pro and I hear the cat flap rattling all the time when he runs in to see me!
Is your cat pretty used to using it now and have any other cats still managed to get in?
Also, I have a cat flap already fitted on my door (Staywell) I assume that if I purchase the Staywell magnetic cat flap it is easy to swap them over?