The feeder is not bad but not great. The reason I chose this feeder over other RFID feeders is the ability to deny access to a cat. The issue I have is the potential for the bowl to overfill and jam the door; not entirely sure how to remedy this though. The only thing I can think of is to put a cutoff sensor or something on the door, but that would open things to some other issues in design and functionality. I've only had the feeder running for a few days, so it's been interesting to help my cats figure out which one is theirs to eat. They're also in the process of not being fed strictly once in the morning and once in the evening. I may have to rewrite/redo this review in the future with an update on the situation if possible.
The reason I needed an automatic feeder is because my old man vomits a lot (probably GI lymphoma instead of IBDD because he is losing weight), and I wanted to give him a free feed option with smaller meals with hopes that he can keep his food down better. He's 25, so euthanasia is an option, but I'm not willing to do it if I can maintain quality of life. The other cat is 9, and while skiddish, he is a glutton. The mechanical movements scare him, so I am in the process of desensitizing him to it. It's been a lot of work because they usually don't wear collars. One suggestion I might add (if this is a veterinarian recommended product) is to look at the possibility of an injectable RFID like the ID microchips (pretty much the same thing).
As per credentials, I am currently a third year vet student at VMRCVM.
Thank you for your review Saravuth.
I wanted to address some of your feedback
-When it comes to the bowl overfilling we do actually have a way of determining when it is at full capacity which alerts the pet owner and also stops all feedings until the bowl is no longer full. Also, with the bowl having a 2 cup capacity, depending how much you were feeding, it can take several days of a pet not eating at all for the bowl to be filled (i.e. feeding a cat 1/2C per day would take 4 full days of the cat not eating at all for the bowl to be filled) and if that is the case the owner is likely feeding too much food or the pet is experiencing a medical issue which should be addressed with your veterinarian.
-As far as the use of an inserted microchip versus our RFID tag goes we find that for our stealing prevention system to properly work that the feeder needs to be able to sense an approaching pet and react before they arrive at the feeder. The microchips work using a passive RFID system which requires a device to bounce a signal off the chip and then receive the returned signal (much like echolocation). Feeders that run off this system only have a few inch range and therefore don't react until the pet is already stealing food. With our active RFID tag the PortionPro Rx can sense an animal approximately 2 feet away and react accordingly to completely stop food stealing.
I hope this addresses your concerns!
I have 2 dogs' and 2 feeders; one of the dogs' feeding habits is controlled with this feeder. She would eat all available food; with the door closing to leftover food from the other dog is no longer available to her. Her Vet put her on a diet with daily exercise and she has lost weight and becoming healthier. Thank you for making it easier. I have had the feeders for 3 months and the consistency is vital. The door closing on the feeder is vital. Thank you
The feeder has done wonders for my two dogs. The feeder is very easy to use and really helps with portion control. My older dog needed to lose weight so with that being said the puppy food went into the feeder so my oldest dog couldn't get into it. So as time moved on he had weight loss of 5lbs and now doesn't even bother to go near the puppy food! It's a must buy!
I searched everywhere to find a cat feeder that did multiple automatic portions plus some type of securement to keep another cat out. We bought 2 collars, so 1 collar opens it for the cat I want eating this food and the other collar closes it when the second cat comes within 2 feet. It takes a bit of training at first because the cats get a little spooked, but well worth it! Get the second collar if you need to keep another cat out. Expensive, but worth the money! I have used for just over a week so far.
I am happy to share with you that my cat Jay Jay has been taken off the insulin. If his blood glucose remains stable for the next 6 months, he will be in full remission. If you read this, I encourage you to invest in this feeder. It can save you lots of other veterinary-related bills (i.e. Insulin alone is $160 not to include the $30 cost for each monthly blood glucose test, etc.). I will keep you posted on how Jay Jay is doing between now and May.