PetSafe Electronic Pet Feeder Review
A big problem faced by pet owners using automatic feeders is the fact that most feeders cannot be used with wet food. Many pet owners are not always around the house to feed the cats on the different types of food. Besides, even if you are always around, you might just want to sleep without your cat nagging your for food.
PetSafe solved this problem by creating the PetSafe Electronic Pet Feeder. This product will help you to successfully cross off one item in your to do list.
The PetSafe Electronic Pet Feeder is manufactured by PetSafe, a company that has specialized in producing pet products for about two decades now. Basically, this means that the products made by this company are of top quality, and this feeder is no exception.
The feeder can be programmed to feed your cat in five sessions every day. It has five trays that rotate through the day, feeding your cat with highly accurate timing. The feeder is operated using a digital timer which will not miss a minute in your program.
The feeder has 5 chambers, each of which can hold 1 cup of food. This makes the cat feeder ideal for pets that are on a weight management diet. The food tray is made of high quality plastic which is BPA free, meaning that it is safe for your cat. In addition, the parts of the feeder can be safely and conveniently washed using a dishwasher.
Unfortunately for many cat owners, the feeder does not have any way of preventing gluttonous cats from accessing the food in the tray. If you have gluttonous, smart and persistent cats, you might have to improvise the device yourself to make sure it works well for your pets.
The feeder is also operated using four D cell batteries. The batteries last long, easily going for a year.
- It will save you a great deal of stress in feeding your cat. Everything is done by the feeder once you program it.
- Compared to many other similar products, it is cheaply priced.
- It uses a digital timer, which is quite simple to use.
- The rotating trays don’t make much noise. The sound made is just loud enough to alert the cats in the house that it is time to eat; but does not irritate you as the owner.
- The batteries are long lasting. They can easily go for a whole year.
- The feeder is easy to use and program.
- You can use wet food with this feeder. The size of the food does not also matter. This is because the feeder does not dispense food by dropping it onto a feeding container. Rather, it is held in trays which rotate to avail the food to the cat.
- With a smart and persistent cat, the whole thing will turn useless after just a few days. Most cats can easily break into the tray and steal the food. Some even learn how to turn the trays to get the food before their meal times.
Your cat will get used to the noise made by the turning trays soon enough. However, it would be necessary to give it time to understand that the noise means that it is time to eat. If you left it alone too soon, it might easily starve as it waits for you to feed it. Within a week, your cat should be able to eat from the feeder without your intervention. Also, you need some time to understand how the feeder works, and whether you have any issues with your product.
If you keep aggressive cats in the house, then you should consider having separate feeders for each. Cats are also not known for their ability to share food fairly. The feeder is also not meant for use with dogs since dogs would easily figure out how to access the food in the trays before their scheduled meal times.
This feeder is not thoroughly designed to keep cats away. The trays are not locked in any way between meals and can be easily rotated by hand- cats can do this just as easily. Moreover, the lid to the feeder only covers it lightly and your cat can easily get it open without needing to use a lot of force. If you have a gluttonous cat, this is probably not the best option for you. Intelligent and determined cats will learn how to do this within the first week of using it, and the whole thing will be pointless since the cat gets all the food at once.
Another important point to remember is that the feeder does not feed your cat for five days; it feeds your cat for a day, in five meals. That means you can only leave it to feed your cat through the day, and maybe into the night. You have to fill the trays every day. If you have used other feeders in the past, you might easily make the mistake of leaving it with your cat for days, only to find that your starved your cat. Basically, the feeder is meant to deliver small amounts of food to your cat throughout the day, as a way of managing your cat’s weight. With that said, you don’t need to keep programming the feeder every day. It will save your programming and you will only need to refill the trays every day.
If you are often unavailable to feed your cat during the day, this feeder is highly recommended. Besides feeding your cat, this automatic cat feeder will help you regulate the amount of food you give to your cat. It is much harder to regulate the amount of food you give to your cat manually since that means you have to keep the records. This feeder will do all that work for you. The quality of the product is also great, especially considering the price. It is highly recommended that you try it out.