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I have the most annoying persistent cat. He ripped apart a previous auto feeder. Could not get into this one. In the process of training him to stop begging insistently. This has done the trick. Now the feeder has 4 set times that the locking into and slowly he is leaving us alone when in the kitchen. He is becoming aware of feeding times. Waiting by the feeder in silence and leaving us the f@$k alone. Easy to use, setting times a breeze. Ordered 2 more ice packs.
Despite other reviews I found this easy to programme and was able to set for meals across 2 nights and 3 days over the Festivus period. Fed cat as usual in the morning and then set for 2 times, one in the evening and one in the morning and so it covered all the meals over the 2 nights and the morning of the day I got home. Unit is bulky if this is something that might bother you but certainly no drama for us. Definitely recommend. Our beast was certainly quick to recognise the noise machine makes when rotating dishes.
Bought to cover a short absence. Wasn't quite convinced that it would work as planned but was pleasantly surprised. I used room temperature sachets of food for the first meal, then frozen sachets of food in conjunction with the supplied freezer bricks for another two meals. It worked and worked well. I had a friend check in on the second day and they watched as the unit performed as expected and at the specified time. Great!
I use this to feed my cat her wet food in the morning so she doesn't wake me up. HUGE success. I do notice that after about 10 hours the ice pack is room temperature so I'm not sure how long it would last for multiple meals but I would probably try out the freezing of wet food like others recommended.
Had to go away for two days on business, this device was a life saver. Pro tip: freeze the meals for the second day to keep them fresh, and do a couple of practice runs while you're home to get the cat used to it.