You may have noticed that pet door flaps come in two styles – hard or soft. If you’re wondering which option to choose, here are some pros and cons to consider.
Pro – Most hard flaps come with locking clips attached to the door frame, making it easy to lock the flap on the pet door.
Pro – Hard flaps are compatible with RFID pet doors. These pet doors use microchip technology so that they only allow your own dog or cat to enter, no intruders welcome!
Con – Hard flaps aren’t the safest option. If, for example, your pet gets spooked and starts backing out of the pet door, they might hurt their neck or back on a hard flap.
Pro – Soft flaps are flexible and move with your pet when they walk through. This function makes the pet door safe for your pet to use.
Con – Most soft flaps use locking plates, which are slightly more cumbersome than the locks on hard flaps. However, a locking plate does provide excellent security.
Pro – All pet door flaps experience wear and tear from use and exposure to weather. Soft flaps are designed to be easily replaceable, which extends the life of your pet door.
Since your pets’ safety is our highest priority, our own pet door designs (the Patio Pet Door Insert and the Aluminium Premium Pet Door) feature a replaceable soft flap. However, we do stock the SureFlap Microchip RFID pet doors, which have an automatic flap, as well as other hard flap models.
Perhaps you have some thoughts on hard flaps v. soft flaps? Please share your experience in the comments below.