It’s empty in here!
Absolutely love this product, the dogs love it too many thanks
We bought this for our elder cat who has always had a food hoarding/overeating issue (as he just runs to the other cat's bowls). We wanted to lessen his anxiety with an automatic feeder but unfortunately he was able to quickly break this one. A few swipes and the dials came off and he was able to have both feeding trays opened. While we attempted to glue this back on ultimately we had to bin it. Good for a patient cat, but not if you're trying to work with a cat who has food anxiety issues.
My cat was able to break the lids off the machine, plus both knobs. Glad it wasn't too expensive as I will be throwing away today. I liked it while it worked.
These are great feeders. They've always opened. I have several cats so these would be so much better if they were digital. The bowls are removable so easy to clean. My cats push these around so if they push them under something, a radiator or kitchen unit for example, this could prevent them opening fully. My biggest gripe is the ice packs, good idea, however I used them for the first time this week and cats removed one of the removable bowls, then chewed and punctured the flimsy ice pack. There is nothing in the information leaflet to say what this fluid contains. I will never use the ice packs again.
Having had issues with electronic feeders before, I wanted a mechanical feeder - less to go wrong! I've got both the single & dual units and after well over a year in use, have never had a failure to open. Easy to set as numbers are clear. My only gripe is, if you're using them daily, it would be nice to have a 2nd ice pack for each section so you could have one freezing while using the other (luckily I have now found ice packs that fit). Highly recommended
This works pretty well but as others have said it is very lightweight. My cat tends to knock it all over the place to try to get the food out and while he hasn't succeeded, he can be pretty noisy doing it! I've had to put it in a small padded area so he doesn't wake up me and the neighbours knocking it against the walls. Also, the ice packs don't stay cold for very long so I would only use dry food if setting it for far in advance.
I'll get the critique out of the way first. I wish the numbers didn't rub off after a few weeks. I also wish the arrows were easier to see. It would also be nice if the time could be set by moving the dial backwards. Be aware that the rubber feet leave little lines on pale flooring when the cat nudges it. But these are mere niggles. This feeder as greatly improved my cats quality of life. Her digestive system is a little twitchy. She's also a "gobbler". She used to be sick most days until I decided to spread her meals out to roughly every 6 hours. I set the feeder to release kibble at roughly 2am and 2pm. I sometimes put the Snack Ball Cat Toy inside so that she has to bat it out and chase it. She is sick much less often. I also have no doubt that she enjoys "the chase". This adds some enrichment to the hours we're not around. The feeder also helps when she is with relatives during holidays. They can put her wet meals in with the cold pack and set the timer. That way, if their routine is different to hers, she still gets fed on time. The chambers are deep enough to take a small ramekin bowl filled with liquid. This makes them very versatile. I plan on buying more of the treat balls so that I can split her nighttime meals between both chambers for even more chasing fun!
I have found this to be very reliable. It goes off when set and despite my cat pushing it across the floor and making valiant attempts to break in, she has not yet succeeded! My cat has a tendency to beg for food so recently I have used it to feed her all her meals so she stops associating me walking into the kitchen with food. It comes with freezer packs so it can be used in the summer and the food kept cool. Good value.
appears to be silent operating, popped open easily,no chance of it locking again accidently. only down side is the tray is easy for the cats to pull out and if the cooler pad is in they may have a chance of biting it. maybe a touch of blu tack just to secure the bowl!!
it was well good is it