SureFlap MPF001 – SureFeed Microchip Feeder Review
Unequal sharing of food among cats is not news to any pet owner. In fact, not many animals are able to share food fairly. Gluttonous cats are bound to run in and eat everything before weaker cats with less appetite can even have anything.
This is where the SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder comes in. Most automatic cat feeders can be used for many cats or even dogs; whichever pet is around, hungry and stronger. The dispensers open up at specific times and any pet in the house can take a share of the dispensed food. This can work for houses with few pets, and all with a reasonable appetite. Otherwise, you will definitely have a problem. This cat feeder will definitely solve your pet feeding problems.
The SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder is an automatic cat feeder that opens up its bowl only to a single cat. The product simply scans your cat’s microchip and records it; after which it will always open up for that specific cat. This means that your cat can’t be a stray; it has to be registered. If your cat is not registered, you will have to somehow get a microchip for it so that it will be able to use this feeder. The SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder is able to read and recognize all international identification microchips.
Unlike most other auto cat feeders, this one does not open up at pre determined periods. Instead, it will dispense food to the cat whenever it scans the microchip. Cats pick this up quickly and will naturally learn to go to the feeder whenever they want something to eat.
The feeder can hold 2 to 2.5 cups of dry food. It also has a lid which keeps the food fresh for long. Always keep the lid closed after you refill the container.
Since the opening is only large enough for a single cat, other pets will not be able to ‘steal’ your special cat’s food. This makes the feeder ideal for weakling cats or those with dietary problems. Cats using these dispensers do not eat much, or are likely to have a medical condition. If you use regular auto cat feeders on such pets, they will most probably starve; especially if you are not around to monitor their feeding. This microchip pet feeder therefore helps to take some stress off your shoulders.
The package for the feeder comes with a user manual, a mat, a sensor tag and two bowls.
- It is great for feeding cats on a diet. Cats on special diets can get their portions in peace without having to struggle for it with other cats.
- It uses a highly effective sensor. The feeder will close quite fast when the cat moves out of the feeding area. The speed at which it closes can be adjusted to your preference (or that of your cat).
- It will give you a break from feeding your cat. The feeder is automatic and opens whenever the cat is within the feeding area.
- It comes with long lasting batteries.
- The feeder is backed by a three year warranty, regardless of where it was purchased from. This, together with the fact that it is manufactured by an old and reputable company, makes the product reliable.
- It does not operate with a timer. That means your cat can eat as much as it likes or as little as it likes. This also means that your cat can easily gulp down a large amount of food at once, and this will end up making her to vomit and get sick.
- You can’t plug it into a socket.
The first thing you need to consider is the size of your cat. The cat has to go under the arch of the feeder so that the sensor can scan the cat’s microchip. If your cat is too big, then it will not be able to have its microchip scanned, and the whole thing will be pointless.
You also need to consider the possibility of other pets coming to try and get some of the cat’s food. You can have the feeder secured so that it can only be accessed by one cat at a time. This will go a long way in making sure that your cat gets its fair share of food.
How fast the feeder closes after the cat gets out of the sensory area is to be set by you. Of course, it has its default setting, which might seem to be a little slow for you. You can always make it close faster, especially if there is a threat of other intruder cats coming to eat the food. You shouldn’t worry about the feeder closing so fast that it hurts your cat. There is absolutely no possibility of it hurting your cat.
Another problem you might face is the amount of food your cat gets for each meal. Getting your cat to eat small amounts of food is not easy since this feeder does not work with a timer. You can go around this by training your cat to eat smaller portions of food at a time. This might take a while and a bit of effort but is definitely important for the health of your cat.
It is important to note that the sensor makes a noise when it scans the microchip, and sensitive cats can easily get discouraged from using it. If your cat falls among the group of sensitive cats, then this feeder might not be appropriate for it. It could easily end up failing to use it at all, and starve even more, or steal the other cats’ portions.
Now you don’t have to worry about your cat getting its fair share of pet food in the house. If your cat is weak or on a special diet, you need to get this feeder in order to prevent other cats from stealing its food. Otherwise, your pet can easily starve.