Bought this to try and help a couple issues. I have 3 cats and the youngest is overweight, likely due to her food FOMO. She steals food from my two older cats just because they have it and she doesn't (even if there's food right in front of her). I loved that it was controlled by an app, had up to 8 feedings a day, allowed battery or wall outlet, and portion control. I looked at multiple feeders but trust catit brand and went with this one. I wanted to be able to put this in another room to give my older cats a minute to eat without my chunk invading their space. For this, it does help. She learned the noise within a day and once the off she'd run to eat. She still hasn't picked up on meal times. The set up was a bit tedius, but not difficult. The instruction booklet has each step in like 10 languages before moving on to the next, so once you realize that it's a bit clearer. I read a bunch of reviews that said issues with the app and wifi, but luckily didn't run into this. I have a 5+ year old cable modem/router that switches between 2.4 and 5g wifi. I got an alert when setting it up that it needed to be on 2.4 but ignored it and it worked out fine. The app itself is intuitive and easy to use. The feeder is easy to clean and chic looking. My biggest problem...MY CAT CAN STICK HER ARM UP THE FOOD DISPENSING HOLE AND TWIST THE MECHANISM TO FEED HERSELF! this defeats the whole purpose of a diet. Thankfully she hasn't figured out how to push the button on the device for a manual meal. I'll keep trying because my cat really needs to lose weight, but once again cats outsmarted our great intentions. I also saw this on another stores website 40% off only 3 days after I bought it, making me a little upset.
So my big concern in my own house is finding ants crawling in food left out for a long time. This feeder right here relieves that issue for Sebastian and keeps the dry food fresh in a container that can hold quite a bit so I don't need to pick up the huge bag as often. Win-win-win overall!