|Lifestage||Puppy, Adult, Senior||Puppy, Adult, Senior||Puppy, Adult, Senior||Puppy, Kitten, Adult, Senior||Puppy, Adult, Senior|
|Breed Size||Small Breeds, Medium Breeds||Small Breeds||Extra Small Breeds||Extra Small Breeds, Small Breeds, Medium Breeds, Large Breeds||Small Breeds, Medium Breeds|
|Bowl & Storage Feature||Automatic||Non-Skid, Double, Automatic...||Portion Control, Automatic, Tip-Resistant...||Portion Control, Automatic, Food Storage||Automatic|
|Capacity (Max)||15 Cups||1.6-cup||Food Storage Reservoir - 25-cup||24-cups||32-cup|
|Technology Feature||Microchip / RFID||Programmable, Microchip / RFID||Voice Recording||Programmable||—|
|Compatibility||—||Battery Powered||Android, Apple iOS, Wi-Fi||Android, Apple iOS, Wi-Fi, Battery Powered, Plug-In Power||—|
|Tools Included||—||—||—||No Tools Required||—|
Fat cat stealing skinny cat’s food and dog eating cat food created a need to somehow have better control over who ate which food and how much. So we bought the PotioonPro Rx. We needed to program it in “Open Mode” because the opening of the door when our cat approached scared her away. We had difficulty doing this, but several contacts with the company tech got it up and running. And it’s great, so much so that we ordered another for one of another of our pets.
This feeder is incredible! It comes with very clear set up instructions and it’s completely customizable with times it dispenses food and how much. At first I was concerned because it takes about ten seconds to close after your pet walks away, but it’s really not a problem. My other cat would go over there at first to steal some food but it closes pretty quick so she just stays away after getting scared by it a few times. The tag is kind of bulky but my cat doesn’t seem to mind it at all. He’s 13 and he figured out how it works immediately. No training was required for my cat for him to know this is where his food comes from. If you’re struggling with feeding pets different foods or if you have an overeater, this is the perfect solution. It’s expensive but it holds a ton of food and the peace of mind is completely worth it!
We have purchased two other these, one for free feeding cats and one for our free feeding dog. It is literally the only way that we can have hassle-free feeding when all but one pet free feeds. We have one cat who does not know when or how to stop eating, and we have to closely regulate his intake. By putting an exclusionary tag on his collar, and otherwise leaving the feeders open, the other pets can eat when they want while excluding the "problem" kitty. We have one feeder that's been in use since 2019 and another in simultaneous use since 2021. We literally could not get by without these. Cleaning the feeder is easy, and the manufacturer sells replacement parts should you ever need them (we haven't). I do wish the RFID tag was smaller, but our cat doesn't seem to mind, and atleast we can now replace the battery ourselves. The older tags had built-in batteries, and as a result never lasted as long as advertised. We've had no issues with the new tags.
I purchased three of these and am returning all of them. I have one running in open mode for my young kittens and it errored out the other day. The error was that the feeder was empty but it was nearly a third full still. I cleared the belt added food and thought it was working again. Then tonight we noticed that the kittens were very hungry and there wasn't any food in the bowl. When we tried to have the feeder deliver a meal on demand, the conveyor belt sounded like it was running and the display indicated that a meal was fed when no food was delivered and no error code was displayed. My poor kittens were famished and I am extremely disappointed to say the least! Buyer beware. Do not purchase this feeder and plan to leave your pets all day (or for a longer period of time) as they may not get fed. I'd give it less than one star, but that isn't possible. This product is a good idea, but not well executed.
I was seriously considering this but it will only work with the separate RFID tag. Other auto feeders will work with the pet’s embedded chip. Decided against purchase for this reason only.
overall it works, but there is a very big lag when my one cat walks away from the machine allowing the other cat to eat the food. Also it says it closes when another cat comes close but so far I have not seen that happen except once. My other cat is smart and will quickly push his head in and take a mouth full of food and walk away and he can keep doing that as long as the other cat is eating. It also get jammed quite a lot if my cat doesn't eat enough of the food. The most annoying this though is that it is very very loud when it opens and closes. I have it in a spare room on the other side of the condo and you can hear it in the bedroom even with the door closed. The tag the cat is also suppose to wear is very large around the neck. My cat got use to it but I have friends who had to return it because the tag bothered their cat so much. Over all it is not really worth the price. I wish I would have gotten the surflap feeder instead even though that one can't hold a large amount of food, but it does a much better job of keeping other cats out of the food.
This is not against Chewy, but it’s against this company that made this machine. First of all, I am quite tech savvy and it took me almost an hour and a half to try to get all the settings and get it to work. I wanted to use this for the cat that didn’t need it so that it would stay closed when they came in, but it was very difficult to set up for the unassigned cat. I tried to call customer service, but they had the excuse of the pandemic, which made no customer service over the phone you had to send an email. The next really bad thing was the actual RFID collar was very heavy. My cat dragged around and ran around the house, completely spooked by it. The unit is very huge. I can’t sit on top of the table so the dog can still get the food. And finally it’s not worth the price. I’m not even sure why it’s so expensive but I thought it would work for my situation where I have one cat on a very expensive diet for prescription and the other keeps eating her food. This is ridiculously high for what they’re asking for. And the collar causes cancer supposedly in California.
Got it in may, loved it. It’s now august and it stopped working. If you get it, make sure to watch that when ur cat walks by it will open.
There are not many feeders offering this level of control! So happy this one is available and is meeting my needs. These seem really well made and consistent. Set up wasn't bad at all, especially if you like gadgets. I am using this for 2 fat (and getting fatter) dogs: a 90 lb maremma sheepdog (should probably be 80 lb) and a 46 lb husky (should be 40 lb). The main goal was restricting food amount (they were open feed). I can see a benefit in the future for different types of food for each dog. The big one didn’t care about the noise and ate right away. He is convinced that I put something special in the other bowl and checks it several times a day to make sure he still can't get in it. The little one was surprisingly skittish with the noise (picture a Scooby-Doo run). After a couple weeks of treats, praise, and patience, she is consistently eating from it. Even when her brother sneaks up behind her while she is eating and it closes on her, she will now go back when it opens.
Limited word limit so bare bones explanation. Bought 2. Tested for 4 days before leaving for weekend trip. Came home to error message on 1 machine, no idea how many feedings we held by machine. Called company, they aren’t answering phone because of COVID still. Both machines have errored out multiple times after 4 days.