When it comes to feeding Sir Snuffs-a-lot or Princess Whiskers, automatic programmable feeders like the Andrew James 6 Day Pet Feeder and the Lusmo Lusmo are on top of it even when their owners can't be. And options abound as there is no shortage of companies and products to choose from. Following in the design tradition of making pet feeders resemble kitchen appliances, such as the blender-like Petmate Aspen Pet Lebistro, Ourpets offers a selective feeder called the WonderBowl, which looks like a popular cooker – the Crock Pet.
Ourpets aims to resolve the issue of multiple pets vying for the same food, even when it's not their turn to feed. Apparently, some animals find the notion of taking turns to eat quaint, even untenable. To such beasts, food in the bowl is the call to eat. Pet owners find that alpha pets can trick other, more manipulable pets into relinquishing their dinners, perpetuating the dilemma of in-house food inequality. This can lead to disturbing weight disparities in homes with multiple animals and curious children.
Using infrared technology, the WonderBowl Selective Feeder opens its lid only for the animal wearing the appropriate tag, which is unique to each pet. When the tag is in range of the WonderBowl, the lid opens, ideally granting access only to the designated pet. The WonderBowl is slip-proof, and its tag and base are water resistant. The stainless steel bowl holds up to 1.5 cups of dry food, and is removable and dishwasher safe. Included is one pet collar tag, which has a low battery indicator. Users indicate problems with the sensor being too large, and the lid closing on a pet's head when the food level gets too low. Little compares to the dog bowl trying to eat the dog.
It is a nice option to be able to have the feeder away from any outlets. The only other thing is that the actual sensor that you put on the cat collar is kind of big and bulky
Took a little adjusting for this to work as you can't hang it from the collar or it dips in the water bowl when our cat gets a drink. She got used to it pretty fast though.
This product meets the need of feeding each kitty what they need and keeping my dogs from the food. The product is well made & works as described.
Overall, works well in the end but for the first 4 weeks my two cats were terrified to even wall in the kitchen because of the sound and the movement of the bowl.
The infrared tag is large on the cat collars, but they got used to it. It does seem like that could be engineered smaller.
The other issue is when the cat's get towards the bottom of the bowl, the sensors hang too low and the lid closes on them as well.
The RF tag is somewhat big and does dangle in her water wen she drinks but has not cause any problems thus far.
Bowl works as supposed to when we first got it, only issue was our cat is very fluffy and the sensor would hide in her fur.
The product is well made & works as described. One thing I do is remove the ring from the sensor tag & use a safety pin to pin the sensor to their nylon collars.
Works great. Haven't had any issues with the sensor dipping into water bowl as some users have described.