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Cat Mate C10 Automatic Pet Feeder
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- Serves one meal at any selected time up to 24-hour later
- 1-Pound food capacity
- Quartz timer
- Dishwasher proof bowl
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It works wonderfully well. Powered by a AA battery (that, according to the directions, should last a year) it does exactly as advertised. To give it a test run, I set the timer for two hours. Two hours and two minutes later it opened. I'm amazed and delighted. So is our cat. This morning he was (a) fed and (b) quiet. Huzzah!
The other thing is that the dishes are plastic. Yes, they can come out and be washed in the dishwasher, but if your cat suffers from cat acne or conditions like Eosinophilic Granuloma (allergic skin condition), vets recommend that you feed cats from stainless steel or ceramic bowls only. This is because plastic scratches easily, and bacteria can get in the scratches that even a dishwasher cannot remove, thereby flaring up these skin conditions when your cat's face touches the surface as she eats. This is the only reason why I will have to stop using these dishes, unfortunately. I wish they made stainless steel bowl replacements. Otherwise, this is a great product.
I have since started using them for the AM feeding since they started crawling all over me at 5am to be fed.
It works pretty well. It's easy to set BUT there is no battery compartment cover and the battery doesn't always stay in well--especially with frisky kitties playing with the silly thing. This causes the timer to stop and the feeder to not open.
I have tried taping it, but that doesn't always hold the battery in securely either.
Twice in the last few weeks, I have gone into the kitchen in the morning to find the feeder has not opened. It's a bit frustrating.
It comes with a large plastic dish. I choose to use stainless steel ones. I found that small round ones fit nicely. Not only does this avoid plastic but also provides a bunch more dishes so I (and the pet sitter) don't have to watch them every time.
If you feed canned or raw food and are concerned about leaving it out, I've not had a problem. I have recently started frezing 'patties' of the right amount of food; this way, I (or the sitter) can simply drop one in each timer and when it opens 4-6 hours later, it's fine for them to eat.
UPDATE: Battery hasn't fallen out in over a week. They haven't moved in 3 days! My plan was to get a non-slip mat and then velcro the feeders to it (so I could still pick them up to clean and change the battery). However, I only got as far as the mat and Patsy hasn't knocked them around enough to make the battery fall out.
I bought a solid non-slip shelf liner from Bed,Bath, and Beyond (5 feet x 18 inches; washable).
- kitties haven't broken in.
- kitties can open the lid just wide enough to receive an occasional kibble, so they'll keep banging on the thing.
- batteries are not secured, so kitties would knock them out, prior to my modification.
- this doesn't bother me, but the plastic collects a great many visible tooth and claw marks.
The battery thing was a big concern, but with a screwdriver I was able to disassemble the base, and wrap tape around the clockwork mechanism to secure the battery. We have had a perfect operation record since.
We started with one unit, but the cats weren't sharing. We got a second unit and put them in different areas, and now each cat will eat from their own feeder, even though they don't open at the same time.
One cat still wants me to serve breakfast in the morning, so when she wakes me up I just lock her out on the porch with a feeder.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We were hoping to use this at night so we didn't get woken up at 4am for food, but it didn't quite work out like we had hoped. Read morePublished 7 days ago by AimeeN
You get what you pay for...batteries won't stay secure, they fall out....I have two feeders, they do not pop open at the same time causing problems with my cats... Read morePublished 1 month ago by cecelia eileen
I struggled with how many stars to give this product. When it works I would give it 5 stars. However it doesn't always work, which means my cat can go 24 hours or more without... Read morePublished 1 month ago by LC
I bought this product (the Cat Mate C10 Automatic Pet Feeder,) along with the PetSafe 2-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder because I have 3 cats. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Phee
Good product when I had 3 rule abiding cats. Then, after five and a half months, they turned into savages when my diabetic cat became so food driven one day when her blood sugar... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Works like a champ. I can now leave a single feeding out for my cat when I know I will miss a meal for her. The timer is easy to set and has worked every time I set it.Published 2 months ago by Ray98
This is my third Cat Mate C10. Bought it for my mother's cat. My other ones are 10 yrs. old. VERY reliable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by netlady