When I was asked to review this 90 Day pet feeder my first thought was “Why would anybody leave their pet(s) alone for 90 days?” My second thought when it arrived was, “It’s huge!” Well, I guess it has to be if it’s going to last a whole 90 days.
The parts were very easy to assemble though the lid locking mechanism takes a little effort to get right. Batteries are inserted in the base – biggest batteries I’ve ever bought. Will be interesting to see how long they last.
Once assembled, it was time to turn to the setting of the feeder. This has to be started within 90 seconds of the feeder being switched on. Don’t do what I did and think you can just wing it. It’s more complicated than it looks and those 90 seconds slip away pretty quickly when you are randomly pushing buttons in the hope of striking it lucky. After reading the clear instructions, I managed to set the current time very easily. Moving on to actually setting up feeds, I had to think about how much and how often. We usually feed our cats wet food in the morning with dry food in the evening. So I decided to set up one feed for 7pm. Again, the instructions were very clear and I quickly set this up. There is an option to make up to 4 feeds per 24 hour period. The instructions say that the portion sizes go in increments of ¼ cup so setting 1 is ¼, 2 is ½ and so on. As we usually give our cats a cup of dry food between them I set it the portion to 4. I didn’t realise until reading the instructions that you can record a message to be played at feeding time. A quick check in the instructions and I’d set up a call to dinner for the kitties.
When the set time arrived, there was a little bit of a buzzing sound as the machine vibrated (to assist food dispensing). I was a bit worried when I read about the vibration as I thought it might be too noisy, especially on a solid floor. As it turned out, it wasn’t noisy at all. In fact the vibration is what the cats started to associate food with and would head to the feeder even before the message played. Since the feeding tray is quite large, there was room for both cats to help themselves without having to fight.
I was a bit shocked by the amount of food actually dispensed but the cats were happy to see an avalanche of chrunchies heading their way. I later worked out that a ¼ size was equivalent to a ½ cup measurement using the cat food cup I usually use for small kibble food, so I reset the feeder to 2. This is something you’ll need to check with the particular dry food that you use. Obviously, the portion size and feeding frequency will have an impact on how often you need to fill the machine with food.
Below you can see and hear the feeder in action:[youtube=http://youtu.be/pcTPalGtoy0]
It’s now been 5 days and the cats seem very happy when it reaches 7 o’clock and, without fail, they get their dinner. So much more reliable than me. So I realised, I can now rely on the feeder to do this for the next 90 days or so. It’s great knowing that if you get waylaid on your way home your cats won’t be left hungry. When we’re away and have friends come in to care for our cats that if any goes wrong at least they’ll get some food.
So to summarise, the setup of the feeder is pretty straightforward but read the instructions first. Work out the portions sizes of the food you use. Fill up the feeder and forget about having to sort out your kitties’ meals for the next 3 months. And at less than £40, its better value for money than other comparable feeders.
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