Once your cat seems confident going through the hole, then introduce the flap. You may need to show kitty that the flap can actually move, by either gently pressing their head against the flap or using their paw to push the flap. Also, it might be a good idea to lower the flap a little at a time – over a few days, especially if the flap is not see-through. Using treats again, in the same way as above, encourage the cat to come through the hole with the flap in place.
One last point to be aware of, is that possibly the flap may make some noise as it lowers/closes. This noise may frighten kitty – remember, we want the experience to be positive. You might want to try introducing this noise first so that the cat gets used to it as a non-threatening noise. Do this by closing the flap to make the noise while rewarding your kitty.
With some persistence (and a little bit of luck) it won’t be long before your cat is using the cat flap without any trouble. Then you can sit down, relax and not have to worry about jumping up every time kitty starts scratching at the door to be let in or out.
Of course, it’s important to make sure that the cat flap is actually big enough for your cat … check out this compilation video from MashupZone showing fat cats versus small cat flaps.
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