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Does any one have one of these? If so what kind, where to find one, do they work & worth the investment? My 4 cats pig out when I leave food out for just 1 day & hate to see them go hungry for a whole weekend when gone camping.

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we leave food out all the time all day, when they get filled up they just come back and eat when they want i dont think ours eat more then they should,i made a large self feeder for when we go away for a couple of days ,and we have a dog waterer that has 2 two litter bottles on it that will last a few days,


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Do you have to have an automatic cat to use one?


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I have the kind that has two compartments and a timer. When I got it, I went to try it out, so set it up at the same time I fed the cats, with a setting to feed them 12 hours later, as the catsitter would use. Boo (my big male tux) had it apart in 3 minutes.

There followed several rounds of reinforcing it. First, I taped it with duct tape to a large flat box, so he couldn't just knock it all over the room. Then I reinforced the hinges on the covers with duct tape so he couldn't pop them out. Then I added more duct tape. Then I coated the duct tape with tobasco so he couldn't eat it. Stop laughing!

Actually, with the tobasco it worked pretty well. Took an hour or two for him to get it open. I consider the activity "enrichment" but certainly wouldn't expect it to last long enough to feed them all weekend.


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RRUGG wrote:

Do you have to have an automatic cat to use one?


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Most of the vets I used to know discouraged auto feeders....of any kind....for 2 reasons....

1.) Most pets will eat till they explode if given an unlimited supply..

2.) Having your pet associate you with food is a good thing...Makes the Human/pet bond stronger....

I worked in the Vet/Animal supply business for over 15 years....I've know quite a few people in the Biz....


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Code2High wrote:

I have the kind that has two compartments and a timer. When I got it, I went to try it out, so set it up at the same time I fed the cats, with a setting to feed them 12 hours later, as the catsitter would use. Boo (my big male tux) had it apart in 3 minutes.

There followed several rounds of reinforcing it. First, I taped it with duct tape to a large flat box, so he couldn't just knock it all over the room. Then I reinforced the hinges on the covers with duct tape so he couldn't pop them out. Then I added more duct tape. Then I coated the duct tape with tobasco so he couldn't eat it. Stop laughing!

Actually, with the tobasco it worked pretty well. Took an hour or two for him to get it open. I consider the activity "enrichment" but certainly wouldn't expect it to last long enough to feed them all weekend.


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"Automatic cat food feeders"

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I guess we're fortunate ... we have always just left kibble out all the time for Fang to nibble whenever. Plus she gets a little soft food (couple tablespoons) twice a day (6 a.m. and 6 p.m.).

If we forget the a.m. & p.m. feeding, a very shrill alarm goes off. There's no resetting this alarm either. It just continues on and on. The only way to shut it off is to put some Fancy Feast in the cat bowl. Then the alarm shuts off as it's busy nibbling away on its fresh food.

When we leave for four or five days, I just fill a huge bowl with kibble. If my dad is going to be around I ask him to give her a little soft food each day, but I don't fret if he can't do it. She gets along just fine, either way. I don't know if the alarm sounds when we aren't home ...

And even though Fang can free feed on kibble, she's considered underweight by our vet ... she's around 7 or 8 pounds.


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Airbus 9e wrote:

Most of the vets I used to know discouraged auto feeders....of any kind....for 2 reasons....

1.) Most pets will eat till they explode if given an unlimited supply..

2.) Having your pet associate you with food is a good thing...Makes the Human/pet bond stronger....

I worked in the Vet/Animal supply business for over 15 years....I've know quite a few people in the Biz....


We leave the food bowels filled with dry... The cats eat only what they want and leave...Later they return for more.. Had Kattie 16 plus years this way...Never over weight,,,, Now have 2 Ragdoll kittens and they eat til satisfied and then return later... They know it is ALWAYS there so they don't overeat...

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