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Works okay but has some limitationsApr 01, 2011
We bought this pet feeder because we have a picky cat that will only eat canned food. It was important to have a feeder that would hold ice to keep wet cat food cold.
This feeder has a storage area for ice but it is limited in size so that typical small blue ice does not fit in the ice area. It would be possible to perhaps put a small completely defrosted flexible blue ice package in there and then freeze the entire lid but we did not do this for fear that the plastic lid would warp or get misshapen from the cold. (It needs to keep its original shape so it exactly fits into the bottom part of the dish that holds the food.) We contacted the seller to see if an ice pack specifically made for this feeder was available and was told that there was not one; our research on Internet led us to same conclusion.
So what we had to do was cut up a flexible blue ice package and then vacuum seal it into a package half its original size. This seems to work okay BUT flexible blue ice does not stay cold as long as blue ice in hard encasing does. It would have been nice if the manufacturer had made the ice section larger so it could hold small hard-shelled blue ice container; this would have allowed for perhaps having two cold meals for your pet instead of one. (The flexible blue ice really only stays cold for maybe 10 hours at most.)
So the ice issue is a real big deal to me, which is why I rated this with 3 stars.
Another issue is that the timer is not really able to have you come up with three separate times for the three covered meals (the first meal is uncovered; there is a cover but you need to keep it uncovered for the rotation to next meal to occur). The feeder can be programmed so each meal occurs at 8, 12, or 24 hour intervals, and whatever you choose applies to all the programmed meals. This is unfortunate because my cat likes to eat his meals closer together during the day than at night time.
The feeder seems easy to operate and being able to record your voice is a nice feature. Whatever you record is repeated 3 times after the feeder opens up for a particular meal.
I wish the manufacturer would reconfigure this unit to increase size of the ice holding area and to enable having different timing for each of the three programmed meals. If this feeder had these two improvements, I would rate it a 5 star. As it is, it's better than nothing, but doesn't allow me to leave my kitty for longer than a one-day trip.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Just okayJul 14, 2011
By Elizabeth P
I have only used the feeder a few times since it is only for when I am unable to feed them and so far it has worked. What I don't like is that the shortest time available is 8hrs so you're not able to set it for a shorter interval if you needed to. Otherwise, it is easy to use and has done the job.
Does the JobJul 27, 2011
I was trying to find an automatic pet feeder that I could put wet food in and it not spoil over the weekend. (My cat is finicky and does better with wet food). In searching, I found a lot of feeders were meant for dry food, which just would not do. I finally found this one with a bit of a container for ice, to keep it cold for a day or so. It was nice, but by the time I got home, some of the food had spoiled. Overall, it did do it's job in keeping the food colder for a little while. I came to the solution of freezing a can of cat food before putting it in the food dishes so by the time it get's around to feeding time, the food will have defrosted.
The cover is a bit flimsy, doesn't stay on very well and my cat definitely figured out how to get around it, but the 2 tops that lock into the base defer her from getting any further than 1 tray opened prematurely.
Average feederSep 02, 2011
This is a middle of the road feeder. It works reliably, and has deep wells which can accommodate large pieces of dry food, or a big helping of other snacks. The lid doesn't seem very secure, but I have never had a problem with my kitty getting into it. The assembly is a bit tricky and the directions don't make much sense to me, so I have my boyfriend put it together whenever we use it. :) I still don't know where the ice packs would go, but I only to use this for dry food anyway. I think the Petmate Le Bistro Portion-Control Automatic Pet Feeder is better for dry food. It has more functions, but it is also more expensive. For wet food, I prefer the Lentek 6-Day Automatic Pet Dish, all of which can be found on Amazon.
Great Item!Oct 24, 2011
What a great item! I just love these! I did however take away one star, because if you do not fill these at the perfect time your pet will not be feed when you want them too. I guess that is my fault though :) Also, it seems to get stuck, but always fixes its self. I have left my dogs outside over night 2 times with and they worked perfectly! I have had these about a month and haven't had any problems. Bugs do not get into it, one got rained on and it still works perfectly.
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