As a grad student, I work during the day and have night classes at varying times. Having this feeder was life changing - no more waking up or coming home to a screaming cat who hasn't been fed. I set the feeder at night so it's set for the whole next day and it works great. I will note there have been a few times where one of the bowl's timers has not gone off, but this was fixed by replacing the battery.
We had the older version of the feeder that lasted for years. I’m sorry Catmate isn’t selling them anymore. These feeders aren’t as solid and lids lay slightly forward when open. We haven’t used the timer yet but we’re waiting for our next overnight trip since one kitty is able to pry the lid open (she’s persistent and intelligent). We’ll buy two more after we test the timer.
Timer doesn't always open, don't know if I trust it to feed my boys while gone for a day. One time they don't open, the next time the left side opens and right doesn't.
The ice pack stays cold long enough for you to be at work all day. This is perfect if you want to feed your dog or cat during the day while you are away. I had found a couple times one side does not open for some reason when it is supposed to so that is why I am giving it 4 stars.
I got this because my cat would wake me up super early in the morning for food every day, even though he's on a schedule. I set it for the morning and for lunch time, since I'm at work from 8-5, and I just feed him dinner at night. I only use this with dry food, so I haven't used the cold pack. This is also great when I have to be away from home for a night because I only have to have someone come once a day to feed him dinner and give him some cuddles.
These work great. We can now go away for an entire weekend. The ice packs keep the cat food fresh.
First time using this, it didn't work. Well half of it didn't work. One side does exactly what it's supposed to. I came home from my night shift to see that the other side didn't open so my poor guy was starving. I set the timer, it either goes all the way to zero or stops at 4 hours but the lid never pops open. The other dish works fine.
My cat was waking me up at 6-6:30 a.m. for food. I don't need to get up so early. This little device allows me to put her breakfast in the bowl, using the ice pack underneath, and I can set the timer the night before and sleep in!
I tried the feeder today for the first time. It was a trial to see if it does what it says. I work two nights a week and can't come home until way past my two kitties' dinner time. I was very pleased to see that it does what it says. I will not be worried about my furry children getting their dinner when the like. I highly recommend this product. I feel like it is worth the money to give me a piece of mind.
The cat rescue I work with - Feral Friends Community Alliance - has this for a pair of cats who gobble their food. It works great, is easy to clean and the cats had no trouble accepting it. I purchased one for my cat when I go on vacation to allow my cat watcher to make just one visit a day. I love that it has an ice pack with it.