Large Automatic Pet Feeder Electronic Programmable Portion Control Dog Cat Feeder w/ LCD display

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  1. 132 of 135 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Works great., May 22, 2011
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    old_guy (midwest USA) –

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    My daughter bought the Petmate LeBistro feeder at the pet store for her cat, and the cat defeated it the first day … learned how to stick his paw up the chute and dispense as much food as he wanted. She was also concerned that the cat might be able to tip the whole feeder over or get the lid off which wasn’t that securely attached. So the LeBistro went back to the pet store.

    I found this AF-100 electronic feeder at Amazon sold by TopSeller100 for the same price my daughter paid for the LeBistro. I ordered it for my cat to see if it would work any better than the LeBistro. My cat has been using for it a month now and it works perfectly. It is larger, heavier and more stable than the LeBistro. My 14 pound cat would not be able to tip it over. The barrel feeding mechanism closes off at the chute and it is not possible for the cat to dispense extra food. The lid has a positive locking latch that will not come off. Today I ordered another AF-100 feeder to give to my daughter for her cat. I know she will be pleased with it.

    My cat is very skittish so I was somewhat worried that the loud vibration and motor noise would scare him off. It did startle him at first, but he got accustomed to it after a couple of feedings. He seems to like the recording of my voice that plays when it dispenses.

    The programming of the unit is not intuitive, so you have to carefully read the instructions and follow them exactly. If you miss a step, you have to reset it and start over. Once you have it programmed you can forget about it until it is time to change the batteries which will cause a reset and require reprogramming. I have not had to replace the batteries yet, but I know I will need to refer to the instructions when that happens because I won’t remember the rather complex procedure.

    You can program the unit to feed 1 to 4 times per day at the times you select. You can also force it to do an extra feeding on demand with the press of a button. The manual extra feeding cycle does not alter or cancel the programmed feeding times.

    The unit can dispense from 1/4 cup to 2 1/2 cups per feeding in increments of 1/4 cup. I use Iams original cat food and I found that the small Iams pellets pack together so the 1/4 cup minumum feeding is more like 1/3 cup. But 1/3 cup is the portion size I give my cat so it works out OK. I think pet food varieties like dog food with larger pellets would probably dispense more accurately in the 1/4 cup increments as the literature indicates.

    The hopper is very large. A 7 pound bag of Iams does not fill it up. When the unit dispenses, it vibrates the base of the chute to help the food fall into the barrel opening. When the food in the hopper gets low (down to 1 1/2 or 2 pounds)it piles up towards the back of the hopper and the vibrator doesn’t always shake enough food down into the opening to dispense a full feeding. You can open the lid and push the food forward, and it will dispense correctly for several more feedings before it piles up at the back of the hopper again. If you are going to leave the feeder unattended for several days, you will want to make sure you have ample food in the hopper so it will not get low enough to cause the short feedings.

    The AF-100 feeder from TopSeller100 is sold without branding, but it comes packaged in a professional factory box with full markings and instructions. From everything I can find through online research it appears to be the exact same item sold under a brand name for about $30 more. I highly recommend this item.

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  2. 172 of 177 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    cheap construction, tricky to program, gets the job done, July 4, 2011
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    Eric Whitney (Boston, MA) –
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    Customer Video Review Length:: 1:49 Mins

    I thought I would post a video to show how the feeder works for folks who were curious. It has two motors: one to rotate the scoop that moves food from the main food bin to the food dish, and another to vibrate the food supply, probably to help food bits flow smoothly and prevent jamming. As previous reviewers have said, it’s loud when it deposits food… that’s due to the vibrating motor. You can set the amount of food that is released each time, by setting how many times the scoop deposits food. In this video, you can see that it was programmed to release two scoops, with each scoop being around 1/4 cup of food.

    Note that this video does not demonstrate the audio clip recording/playback while feeding. The manual says it plays back the sound clip three times at feeding time.

    Very cheap construction all around, but it works!

    UPDATE: So our feeder stopped working after about 6 months. The motor wasn’t properly engaging the rotating feeding scoop, so I took it apart and found a few obvious screws that had gotten loose due to the vibrating motor. A few quick turns of a screwdriver and a few drops of superglue, and it was fixed. If your feeder stops working, I encourage you to take it apart and check for loose screws. The inside is very simple and easy enough to diagnose.

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  3. 210 of 214 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice, but one flaw., July 2, 2011
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    Michi (Ohio, United States) –

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    I am surprised that nobody has mentioned this. My situation is that I am away from home randomly for a few days at a time. So I wanted a feeder that I could turn on when I leave, and off when I am back. I prefer feeding the cats myself when I am home, more accurate portion sizing and also wet food at times. Either way, once you turn the unit off, it loses all information. Time, feeding times and portion size. I am by no means a newbie to technology and can program even a radio scanner from Radio Shack (that means something if you know what I am talking about), but this feeder is pretty tough to program. So this is my point – every time I turn this feeder back on, I have to reprogram the time, the feeding schedule and the portion size. I guess if I do this often enough, I will learn the programming steps, but it’s a huge hassle. I realize that I can program it to run for only so many days, but I sometimes don’t make it home on the day I hope to, but the next day etc…

    I guess if you use this feeder 24/7, it does the job, but for someone who is in and out and wants to turn the unit off frequently, it’s really not the perfect machine.

    Also, when I received it, one of the flaps on the bottom which are spring activated didn’t seem to want to move. I discovered it had some extra plastic from the manufacturing process and was sticking. Had to use a knife to trim it down to the correct size. Now it works fine.

    Update:

    I have had this feeder for about 4 months now. I just changed the rating from 3 stars to 4 stars. I have to say, it really is a reliable feeder. The batteries are still going strong, they are the original ones. It has never failed to dispense food and even though I have never measured it scientifically, it seems to dispense more or less the same amount every time. I do have to say that I usually keep it fairly full though. I still hate the fact that I can’t turn it off without reprogramming, if they were to fix that issue, this would be a wonderful machine.
    My concoction for feeding two cats is still holding up too, I did post a picture on this page of what that looks like. I used two pieces of rain gutter downspout and a pedestal I made. Both cats have lost some weight thanks to not having a never ending supply of dry food while I’m gone.

    Update:

    I made myself a little cheat sheet for the programming process, printed it out and stuck it on the fridge. Maybe it will help someone. I use two feeding times. Also I use the default “smallest” feeding portion, so I don’t have to change that:

    1) Turn feeder on.
    2) Within 90 seconds, set time:
    3) Press “Clock” to set hour / press “Timer” to set minute
    4) Press “Set” to confirm.
    5) Press “Clock” to toggle between 12/24 hours.
    6) Press “Start” to confirm clock settings.

    7) Display now shows “1 07” (first feeding at 0700)
    8) Press “Set” for two seconds until display flashes.
    9) Press “Timer” to set desired feeding time.
    10) Press “Set” to program second feeding time.
    11) Press “Timer” to set desired feeding time.
    12) Press “Start” to save and exit.

    [To change portion size:]
    14) Push VOL key to display portion size.
    15) Press and hold the SET key until the digit blinks.
    16) Press the VOL key to set the portion size. [ 1 = 1/4 cup, 2 = 1/2 cup etc… ]
    17) Press the START key to confirm.

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