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TBOBINA
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« on: March 31, 2008, 10:32:59 AM »

Just wondering if anyone out there has used the pet food feeders with timers on them?  Please state brand name and how well it worked.
Once again Im going away for 1 day and am considering buying one.
Thanks much appreciated.
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Fizzy1
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2008, 01:33:55 PM »

We have one called Cat Mate, mfgd by Pet Mate.  It has two separate compartments and each one can be programmed to open from 1-48 hours later.  A small frozen pack is used to keep the compartments cool.  There is no way it stays frozen for 48 hours though!  We feel comfortable using it for 24 hours at the most.  It is battery operated and we always use fresh batteries.  It has never failed to open.  We also chill the food before we put it in the dishes.  Hope this helps!
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2008, 05:32:15 PM »

I looked at these several years ago & found one website with comments on all kinds of brands.  They were THE most hilarious set of posts I'd evern read in my life.  The absolutely amazing ability of cats to overcome the shut feeders was beyond belief.  A lot of people used them to feed their cats early morning snacks so they didn't wake them up screaming for food.  Instead, for the feeders that had lids over food dishes that flipped open, the cats batted the feeders all over the kitchen, stood on them & pried them open, took out the batteries, and clawed at timers till they got to 0 & opened. 

One person left her 3 cats with several flip-top feeders to go on vacation & came home to one very fat cat & two hungry cats.  The feeders don't open at exactly the same time, so the big boy cat just proceeded to eat all the food every time one flipped open while the other two watched.

On the big dispenser types, cats forced their arms up into the feeders to claw out food, & a few caught their arms in them.  They also knocked them over & removed batteries.

One really smart person mounted their flip-top feeder high up on the wall so it opened & dumped food all over the floor.  I thought that was an ingenious fix to avoid all those cat smarts.  I actually use my timed feeder like that to dispense treats for my dogs at various times of the day while I'm at work.  Works nicely.

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TBOBINA
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2008, 06:44:42 PM »

Thanks I will check out that brand.  Petslave that is hillarious, do you still know where that website is? would like to get a laugh about that.
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2008, 07:28:00 PM »

I'll try to find the website because I'd like to read them all again too. 

I have the PetMate feeder with the flip tops, but mine is the cheap model without the frozen packs (I don't think they even made them with that when I was looking at them).  It works well, has never failed to open.  Someone on that site complained the removable food trays inside weren't big enough so they made their own with margerine tubs that were deeper than the originals.  Also there is no cover to the battery compartment so lots of cats were digging the batteries out on that one.

If I was going to use it for cats, I would also wall mount it & let it dump the food into a container below (big baking dish?) so the cats wouldn't pick at the feeder.  I know my chunky Manx boy would probably be one of those to sit his 16 lbs on one side & pull it open with his big biceps.  There are holes in the back so you could put some nails or screws in the wall to hook the feeder on after you fill it.

Of course if you have a sweet delicate gentle cat that isn't a food fiend, you probably don't have to worry about doing all that.
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2008, 09:04:59 PM »

I have the double PetMate and agree with Fizzy1 about the ice packs no way would they make it 48 hours and in the summer maybe even 12 if you don't have cold air.  I had issues with the PetMate 5 chamber unit.  I could not set the timers close enough so I used two of the 2 chamber units.
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