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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2011
I bought two of these for my two cats. I had long been looking at automated feeder and didn't know which one to get, until I got this one, which amongts other things was one of the cheapest! As all the more expensive models seemed to not work that well I took the plunge, and I must say I'm quite happy!

- my cats can't get into it: the food is secure, which is one thing I was very concerned as I have one cat that is "food obsessed"
- the timers work great, and keep in sync. that's a must if you get more than one, as else i might have a cat that eats all of the food!
- the only down side is that the amount of food it gives is too large (for 1yo cat based on 3 feeds a day) but that can easily be solved by blocking one of the two cylinders that distribute the food.
- instructions are quite clear. not super intuitive, but again, it's not on a computer screen so you kind of have to use some buttons!

So I am quite happy with them and would recommend them to anyone looking for good automated feeders for cats :)
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122 of 126 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2012
We bought this to feed our young cat when we go away for occasional nights. There seemed to be a lot of different automatic feeders to choose from, but this one seemed right for us (size, choice of feed times and sizes, length of time it could run for, etc).

When it arrived, it was bigger than I expected it to be, but then it can run for 90 days, so I guess that's to be expected.

Batteries are easy to install, though it's a bit fiddly to turn on the feeder with the switch underneath, especially if you have had to turn the feeder off while there's food in it.

And then you have to program it. It's hard to explain the instruction booklet. I can only assume it was originally written in Serbo-Croat, then translated via Korean to English by someone relying on a free translation program available on the internet and who doesn't speak Serbo-Croat, Korean or English.

First you have to set the time. You have to do it within a certain number of seconds of turning the machine on, or it defaults to 12:00 and you have to turn it off, wait a few minutes and then turn it on again. You set the time first, then choose 12 or 24 hour clock. It will make a random choice for you anyway though, so good luck with that one. In the end, we decided if we had to turn it off and on again one more time we'd live with being 12 hours out, but it eventually accepted our choice of 24 hour clock on the 7th attempt.

Then you have to decide timings of feeds. If you want to do 4 feeds a day, you can just follow the instructions, though they're very poorly written. If you want to feed once, twice or three times, you have to know at what point to ignore the instructions and press a completely different (utterly non-intuitive) button.

Then there's size of feed, calculated in quarter cups. I assume the machine must be North American, because cups are a common measure of capacity over there. However, over here they're not a helpful measure, and it was only because I inherited my (Canadian) mum's measuring scoops that I could work it out. However, you can weigh the cups of food and refer to the feeding guide on your dry cat food, which is what we did. Ordinarily, I'd suggest setting it to your best guess and then amending as necessary, but you do NOT want to be doing that.

Then you set number of days it'll run for. Don't set anything and leave it running forever is my advice. Finally, you can record a message calling your cat for their dinner, but I beg you not to, as the embarassment might just kill you. You will sound like an utter prat, and your grating voice will echo through the house three times every feed...

When it's working, it makes an alarming noice when winding up to dispense the food and threatens to vibrate across the floor. We have put ours on an indoor doormat, which has reduced the noise considerably.

What is missing is a picture of the control panel, with the relevant bit highlighted for each function, plus a flowchart which asks yes and no questions and then tells you what to press. What you have instead is page after impenetrable page of text.

I am intelligent (no false modesty), well-educated, technically-adept and astonishingly patient, and I was close to tears twice before I had this machine set up correctly, and I am DREADING the clocks going forward in March. I suspect the cat's breakfast time will just have to become an hour later because I can't bear the thought of trying to do this again.

HOWEVER, it works. It dispenses food reliably and tidily once a day at the correct time, and the cat is perfectly happy with it, though the look of pity he gives me when my voice booms out of the tiny speaker saying "Colin! Dinner!" will remain with me always...
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2011
While there are a couple of what I consider to be minor negatives with this product; namely it being fiddly to program initially and it being noisy when in operation, they aren't enough for me to drop my 5 star rating.

I have two large domestic shorthair cats and I have been using this feeder to dispense their food four times a day at the smallest food volume setting. My cats have a tendency to eat too much too fast which causes them to sometimes be sick, so feeding them little and often is the best way I've found to combat this. Like most people, I'm out during the day at work so manually feeding them small amounts at set intervals isn't very practical. Plus, also like most people, I sometimes want to be away from home occasionally for the weekend but need the cats to be fed in my absence. This feeder meets both my requirements well.

And even better, I have it set to start their feeds early enough in the morning that the cats aren't waking me up doing their 'feed me' routine that involved attacking my (closed) bedroom door, jumping up at the door handle then letting go so it made a *bang*, and even flinging themselves at the window above the bedroom door to peer and mew pitifully at me through the glass pane, holding onto the window ledge with their front paws while their back legs scrabbled for purchase on the door followed by a /thud/ when their front paws couldn't hold them up any longer and they dropped to the floor. Not the quietest way to be woken up in the morning ... scrabbling ... *bang* ... /thud/ ... pitiful meowing ... it was torture!
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2011
I have 3 cats and work away from home from time to time and friends and neighbours are not always available to feed them. I have used this feeder for about a month now. It is a bit fiddly to programme and the volume of food dispensed is a bit variable. I think it would also benefit from a mains power supply. Not too sure how long the batteries will last, so if I'm going to be away for a while I will probably put fresh batteries in before I leave.
The cats soon got used to the noise and they quickly learnt that the noise meant food!
I have not used the voice message as yet, the cats learnt to associate the noise with food so that there was no need to use this facility
On the whole a good solution for those of us who are not always about to feed our cats
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2011
Does what it says. I don't have to wake up early to feed my dog every morning anymore with this machine. Worth the price. Can set the feeding times up to 4 times a day and also set the amount. However, sometimes the food get jammed and have to reset the whole feeding times. Make sure you keep the manual, don't throw it away!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2014
After 5 months of use I can advise this item as an excellent quality. There is a bit of confusion at the time to set it up because the instructions are not as a curated as could be. The only detail that could be improved is that the voice message is played after the food is delivered, so when the machine starts playing the message my dog already eat the food. Batteries last very long. I haven't change them after 5 months of daily use
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2012
Overall the device does what it should, and is functional. But it does have an important issue: the measure of food serving is very imprecise and varies greatly, dependeding on how much food is in the deposit. If the deposit is not very full, each serving unit might drop a third of what it drops when the deposit is fuller. So can be an issue if you want to have any control of the amounts of food that your pet eats.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2013
We have one cat. We are alway forgetting to feed her at the correct times and wanted something that we could use in place of neighbours when we are away. It's perfect for both those things. It's quite big and a little noisy when it dispenses but neither of those things are a problem. The programming is very straightforward so not sure why others have found it a problem. It's not an Apple product so not especially intuitive but if you follow the instructions there are no problems. It took me 5 minutes to set the clock and programme it to dispense twice a day indefinitely. After the first time we realised that the volume dispensed was too much and it took 20 seconds to check the instructions and set it to the smallest amount.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2014
This ticks all the boxes for me. Except one. It's impossible to get a reliable portion size. Having set it to the regimen I wanted it dispensed twice the volume the manual indicated. After blocking one of the 2 dispenser ports I now get anything between 15 and 20 grams per feed. (4 feeds per day).

Don't buy this if you are not prepared to fiddle with the thing manually to get the portion sizes you want. And accept you will have to settle for "average" portion sizes over several feeds.

I have no idea if this problem happens with single feeds. But I would not like to chance it.

But at the reduced price of £29.99 it is still a bargain. I wouldn't pay £69.96 though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2012
Flaws first... In an attempt to minimise buttons, you must reuse several buttons to do different jobs. This makes setting this up actually quite fiddly. So much so that I ended up setting the thing to feed twice a day instead of once a day for a week, however, clearly the cats loved it. Secondly, I think there should be some sort of clear button that tell you exactly what its going to do and when. Thirdly, it is possible for the cats to knock off the feeder tray - so make sure you set it up on a hard floor, not carpet (minor). Lastly, it is generous... Setting 2 (out of 9) equated to sbout 1.5 times the combined meal portion of 2 cats - 1 was too little. I have no idea what creature it is supposed to feed on the top setting!

However, this is a very good machine otherwise and it does work. It it robust enough to deter even the cleverest and determined cat. It is stable so that it cannot be knocked over. It is also massive - I can believe the 90 meals claim. Finally, it's clunking and shaking does ensure that it doesn't jam.

I wouldn't trust it to be the SOLE Source of food for a week's holiday (we got a neighbour in to feed them once per day so if it did brake, at least they were getting something), but I was comfortable that it was doing its job...

Voice recorder is a waste of time - they know the food's on the way from the racket it makes.
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