|Lifestage||All Lifestages||Puppy, Kitten, Adult, Senior||Puppy, Adult, Senior||Puppy, Kitten, Adult, Senior||Puppy, Adult, Senior|
|Breed Size||Small Breeds, Medium Breeds||Extra Small Breeds, Small Breeds||Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds||Extra Small Breeds, Small Breeds||Extra Small Breeds, Small Breeds|
|Bowl & Storage Feature||Automatic, BPA-Free||Dishwasher-Safe, Portion Control, Automatic||Automatic||Portion Control, Automatic||Non-Skid, Dishwasher-Safe, Portion Control...|
|Material||Stainless Steel, Polypropylene||Plastic||Plastic||Plastic||Plastic|
|Capacity (Max)||28-oz||5 Meals - 1-cup each||3.8-L||6 Meals - 1-cup each||5 Meals - 1.45-cup each|
|Compatibility||Battery Powered||—||—||—||Battery Powered|
|Tools Included||—||No Tools Required||—||No Tools Required||—|
I ordered this automatic feeder to provide a pre-dawn breakfast for my two dogs in the hopes that they would let me sleep instead of begging. It would work perfectly if I had just one dog, but the timer is not precise enough to get both sides of the feeder to open at the same time to feed two dogs simultaneously. I'd recommend this item, but only if you have one pet.
This feeder seems to be the best solution for my skittish dog. When Laddie was little, I bought one of those smart feeders that enabled me to dispense treats remotely using my iPhone. Unfortunately, Laddie was scared of the noise and scared of the flying treats. So I returned it and settled for having neighbors come feed Laddie if I would be away from the house all day. Recently, I tried a couple of low-tech devices (like treat balls) that dispense treats when the dog moves them correctly. Laddie was afraid of them too. Then I found this two-meal feeder from Closer Pets. It's perfect for Laddie. I introduced him to it with his regular meals so he would become accustomed to it. He took to it right away. I've only had to use it once while away from home during Laddie's normal lunch time and was pleased to find that he had eaten the food. I haven't yet tried it with wet food and the ice pack, but look forward to doing so. I agree with other reviewers who noted that the timing mechanism isn't precise, but that's not a big deal for Laddie. His mealtimes are flexible. As other reviewers noted, there's no sound to alert the dog that the feeder is open. So the one time I used it while away all day, I put it in the bedroom close to Laddie instead of leaving it in the kitchen. That worked out well. I wish there were an on-off switch, since I don't need the timing mechanism to run 24/7. Having to remove the battery instead is a small inconvenience. But in all, this was a good solution for Laddie, and I'm happy I found it.
I bought this so my tiny kitten would be fed while I'm at work and so she doesn't get hungry and yell me awake at 5 AM. The metal inserts are easy to clean and the kitten doesn't have difficulty eating from it. The only issue I have is very minor, but I'm not really complaining: Because it's a lower tech timer it works best to set the timer at the start of an hour because you can't set the minutes. But for this price I'm not upset at all. Plus this means that the battery will probably last longer.
I got this automatic feeder for 3 reasons: 1) hygienic stainless steel dish inserts (plastic gives my kitty acne); 2) shallower and wider dishes to prevent whisker fatigue; 3) optional ice pack to preserve wet food. My only minor issue with this feeder is the timer-I wish it was digital for easier time setting/programming and that it didn’t have the audible clock ticking.
I've had several other timer feeders and this one is by far the most well-designed and well made one I've owned. My cat can't break into it and it's easy to clean (no hard to clean corners!) I love the cold packs and needed the metal dishes for my cats allergies, so this ticked all the boxes. I like that both the dishes and the cold packs are available separately since I like to rotate a clean set each day. Well done!
I have been wanting a feeder like this for so long... one with shallow, stainless steel bowls. I had the CatMate one for years which worked great, but the bowls were too deep and made of plastic; my cat was getting scabs all around his head. This one is perfect and his scabs are already started to heal. And no worries about whisker fatigue with this one. The only thing I would suggest is some sort of sound when it goes off, but I think I could easily attach a little bell to the lids.
I was looking into ways to make caring for my cat more flexible - she gets wet food for breakfast and dinner, so either I or someone else generally needs to be around to give her those things at a specific time of day. Sometimes my schedule doesn’t allow for this. I found the Closer Pets / Cat Mate C200 feeder, which is listed in 2 different ways on Chewy - this listing, which includes the stainless steel bowl inserts, and a second one which only includes the plastic inserts (which are needed to slot the stainless steel ones into, but can also be used on their own). It seemed like the best option because other feeders with more slots had too small of openings, didn’t have a lid that sealed onto the individual portions, and also didn’t serve as many meals as advertised because one serving always remained uncovered. This model’s lid fits relatively tightly over the individual portions, though I don’t think it’s an airtight seal. If you look at the other C200 listing on Chewy, you will see some negative reviews. Some are about how you can’t keep food cold in this feeder for more than a few hours, to which my response is…duh. It uses an ice pack, so expecting it to remain cold for 48 hours is not realistic. Expecting it to stay cold for 8 hours is. And that has been my experience. I selected this model because I wanted the stainless steel inserts for both sanitary and food preservation purposes. I do not have central air and I wanted to see how long I could keep wet food cold under that circumstance. I made sure the ice pack was good and frozen, and then froze a portion of my cat’s wet food in the stainless steel insert. I set up the feeder and left it overnight (around 8 hours) in about an 80F room, and checked it in the morning before allowing my cat to eat. The food had fully defrosted and was still cool (but not cold) to the touch, as was the stainless steel insert. The ice pack was hardly cold anymore. Food smelled and looked normal. My cat ate like normal and all was well. I feel comfortable using this feeder for wet food going forward, but if I wanted to leave the food for more than 3-4 hours, I would definitely freeze it first. I would never expect food to stay fresh more than 8 hours (*Maybe* in the winter but I can’t test that as it’s currently summer where I live). It is also worth noting that the timers on these kinds of feeders are a bit hard to set for an absolutely specific time. Just try to be precise but understand it will not open at the exact time like it would if it was a digital model.
My cats don’t wake me up at 5 am for wet food anymore it’s a life saver