How exactly did people fill their pet food bowls before the invention of large-hopper automated pet feeders? Oh, right: They got out the canister of pellet-shaped kibble and poured a little of it in the bowls. That sounds like the last process on earth that anybody would bother to automate, and yet the marketplace is clogged with more large-hopper feeders than a commuter route is clogged with cars on the Friday before Memorial Day. Submitted for your consideration: the Oxgord Programmable Feeder, the CE Compass Large Feeder and the topPets Large Automatic Feeder, to name just three.
No doubt the demand for products in this particular niche is fueled by that most modern of human needs. No, not the need to match three lemon drops in Candy Crush but the need to find time for everything you need or want to do. Our pets are important to us, but so are our jobs, our families, our social lives and our leisure time. If automating the food-bowl-filling process can buy us the few extra minutes we need to finish watching that Blu-Ray set of The X-Files or keep our pets fat and happy while we lie on a beach in Hawaii, it's worth the relatively modest price of purchasing the tech.
So what makes the Petmate Portion Right stand out from this increasingly large crowd? To be honest, not a lot. It has a large hopper that can be filled with kibble. It can be programmed to dispense specific amounts of kibble at up to three times per day. And, like almost every kibble dispenser on the market, there's a good chance your cat or dog will figure out how to order meals on demand.
Some users like it, some users hate it, so look at the models mentioned above too. The good thing about large hopper pet feeders is that the selection is nearly infinite.
My cat...can outsmart it. The feeder is way too sensitive. If you accidentally bump it with your foot, food comes out. If your cat paws at it, food comes out.
Great because it allows you to program 3 meals per day, so your pet can eat breakfast at the crack of dawn and lunch while you're at work. It has a few problems though.
Time is really easy to set...It's really simple and really easy to use...Finally, after some experimentation, it works just as well as a sweet dispenser!
This is a versatile automatic feeder. Assembly out of the box is simple. The bowl is large enough for several cats...option to set varying quantities up to three times a day.
Accurate timing and measurement...A little tricky to program...We tried many automatic pet feeders, but this one has proven to work the best!
If you accidentally hit the machine, or (if you're a cat) stick your paw in the hole where the food comes from, the next meal will come out before it's supposed to.
The segment or portion control dividers were flimsy...My cat would bump the feeder and food would dispense uncontrolled. Solid dividers would make this unit more reliable.
The set up was easier and I love that I can program it several different ways. It's great having 3 meal options...I like the fact that it holds a good amount of food.