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Aspen Pet Lebistro Programmable Food Dispenser
- New & Improved Design! Reliably delivers portion-controlled meals to pets while the pet parent is away
- Large LCD screen & built-in meal counter, programming is easy
- Twist-lock lid to keep the food fresh & secure. Baffle added to the hopper to prevent jams
- Removable bowl for easy cleaning: Top shelf dishwasher safe
- Locking bowl & stand provides stability & prevents spills
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Aspen Pet Programmable Lebistro Food Dispenser
Aspen Pet Lebistro Programmable Food Dispenser is an innovative feeder for busy pet parents. Meals can be programmed for up to three meals a day. Controlled portions help your pet maintain his healthy weight! Top load feature makes refilling your feeder convenient and easy. Pet parents choose the perfect sized feeder to fit your pet's needs. Battery operated, batteries not included.
5lb & 10lb Programmable Food Dispenser Instructions
1) Align hopper with base on an even surface.
2) Insert hopper into base and twist to lock in place.
3) Line up arrows on hopper with arrows on lid.
4) Place lid on top of hopper and twist to lock lid into place.
5) Insert bowl into base by tilting base.
6) Lower bowl into base connecting hooks into base.
- Up to 3 different sized meals per 24 hours.
- Each Meal Serving is adjustable in 1/4 cup increments.
- Both the 5lb and 10lb units can be set 1/4 to 3 cups.
Default Meal Servings are:
- Breakfast at 6am.
- Lunch at 12pm.
- Dinner at 6pm.
To Set Meal Selection
1) Press and hold the 'Enter' button for 2 seconds. 'Meals' will flash.
2) Use Up or Down arrow buttons to select the desired Meal to be programmed. (Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner will flash as Up and Down arrow buttons are pressed)
3) Press the 'Enter' button to select the Meal.
-'Yes' will Flash. Press 'Enter' to confirm meal time.
-If you do not wish to set that meal, press the Down arrow to select "No" and press 'Enter'.
4) Hit 'Enter' again if no other meal is needed.
5) While setting the Meal or Meal Time, if process is not completed and no button is depressed for 2 minutes, the Programmable Lebistro Food Dispenser abandons the change and goes back into 'Automatic Mode', retaining the previous Meal or Meal Time.
To Set Meal Time
1) Use Up or Down arrow buttons to set Meal Hour.
2) Press 'Enter' button again and the Minutes will start flashing.
3) Use Up or Down arrow buttons to set Meal Minutes.
4) Press 'Enter' button when minutes are set. The Menu will automatically take you to the 'Meal Size' programming.
To Set Meal Time:
1) Use Up or Down arrow buttons to increase or decrease amount of food to be dispensed.
2) Press 'Enter' upon completion. Note: Each bar equals approximately 1/4 cup. The maximum meal size you may select is three cups on either the 5lb unit and 10 pounds unit.
3) Continue setting remaining meal times and sizes until complete.
4) Press 'Enter' after all meals are set to complete programming.
Pet Training Tips
Some pets may require a special adjustment period to acclimate to their new automatic feeder. If this is your dog or cat, try:
1) Place the Programmable Lebistro Food Dispenser next to your pet's existing bowl or feeder. (Do not turn the power on).
2) Place food in the bowl of the Programmable Lebistro Food Dispenser (only for a period of time to allow adjustment).
3) Keep food in the pet's current bowl (only for a period of time to allow adjustment).
4) Once you have observed your pet eating from the Programmable Lebistro Food Dispenser, remove their old feeding dish.
Note: Adjustment time for the pet could be as short as a day or as long as a few weeks, depending on your pet's personality. You can also introduce your pet to the Programmable Lebistro Food Dispenser by placing small treats in the bowl.
Aspen Pet Lebistro Programmable Food Dispenser is an innovative feeder for busy pet parents. Meals can be programmed for up to 3 meals a day. Controlled portions help your pet maintain his healthy weight! Top load feature makes refilling your feeder convenient and easy. Pet parents choose the perfect sized feeder to fit your pet's needs. Battery operated, batteries not included.
Size: 18 Cups
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DirectionsAspen Pet Le Bistro Programmable Feeder is a convenient way to control your pet's eating portions. The programmable system automatically dispenses pre-set portions of pet food, making feedings precise and easy. Programming the Electronic Le Bistro is as easy as setting an alarm clock. A large screen displays the current time, meals programmed, meal size and meals served. The Electronic Portion Control Le Bistro's dispenser can store many different sizes, shapes and types of dry food (Not recommended for moist treats). Its translucent container lets pet owners conveniently monitor the food level at a glance. The removable hopper is simple to refill and is easily cleaned with warm soapy water and a cloth. Battery operated feeder requires 3 x D size batteries (batteries can last up to 6 months) Dimensions: 14.5" x 8.875" x 15.125"
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Top customer reviews
After months of fat greedy cats, I finally found a system to keep them out. When browsing at home depot, I found a $2 piece of metal which I screwed in above the slot. I used one screw with a bolt right below the Aspen logo where there the back of the plastic is accessible, and another one screwed higher up to keep my cats from being able to turn the thing sideways. I then took hanger straps and wrapped them around the entire base to keep the tray in place, screwing it on both sides of the tray and the back of the base. The model number for the useful metal piece on the hd website is 100244882 and the metal strap is 100396917. I took off the bottom panel to see where it was safe to drill, and the only place you need to avoid is around where the display is, everything else is free space. Now they're constantly wining and begging for food because they're finally completely unable to steal any! I had elaborate plans involving milk crates suspended over one of those devices to make cats eat slower, this is so much easier. Although every day when I come downstairs I see the feeder slid halfway across the kitchen, and various things knocked off shelves that they were hoping was food. Now that they can no longer steal, the only complaint I have is that I still wish there was an alarm like other feeders, there are times when one cat sleeps through a meal time and the other cat gets to eat everything.
4 stars since it's never missed a single feeding, it has a light to warn of low batteries, and it's easy to program. -1 star due to the effort I had to go through to make it function properly.
Edit: They learned they can lift up a corner and slam it down, releasing food. I give up, my cats are smarter than me.
The major problem I had was that my cats learned to get food out of the feeder whenever they pleased. The portions are dished out by a flimsy plastic rotary wheel and my cats first figured out to simply paw up the feeder to release more food. I solved this problem by duct taping some cardboard at the back of the dish to stop them from reaching up inside. This just gave them another way to release food as one of my cats would bite the cardboard and shake the feeder around the floor until food came out.
Finally I decided to use my gigantic human brain and I placed the feeder on a shelf about 6 feet off the ground. I fashioned a funnel from cardboard and duct tape and attached the feeder to a cheap PVC pipe that went to the ground into the detachable feeder bowl. Problem solved, cats outsmarted. I'll upload an image of my solution to the product page.
!Product designer please take note!!!!
the feeder can use some upgrades. I'm willing to pay more for an upgraded higher quality version of this.
- the bottom is narrower than the top which makes it prone to tipping over! I have a wire wrapped around it and nailed to the wall so my cat doesn't push it over.
- the lid is on the flimsy side and can easily come off even in the 'lock' position. I have taped it down so if in case the feeder tips over, all the food doesn't get spilled all over.
- the tray doesn't fit quite right and somehow prevents the food from dispensing at times. I have removed it and haven't had any problems with food getting stuck ever since.
This feeder is great idea! The issues that I mentioned can be remedied with some creativity till there is a higher quality/design on the market.
The first issue is the bowl locking tabs, which easily pull away even if cats aren't trying to pull the bowl off. With the bowl askew, cats quickly learn that they could stick their paws up and into the rotating flaps that dispenses food. I drilled two holes through the back of the bow, and into the feeder body, and blind riveted the bowl in to place from underneath the bow. Yay... the bow stays in place, but the cats can still reach inside! So, I had to block their ability to reach into the food chute.
I made a fork out of plexglass, heated the fork with a propane soldering torch over a large metal pot (roughly the same diameter as the feeder), until the plastic drooped over the pot. I let the plastic cool, and attached it in a similar way to the bowl. Two holes, two blind pop rivets. The food is dispensed, and the cats can only access the correct portion... works great.
Some people have mentioned that their cats jump on to the feeder and knock the food bowl down. Our cats never did this, as we placed the into a room corner from day one. If you have hardwood, I would recommend small nonskid mat to keep the feeder in place.
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