In 1947, the Kum-Pet Feeding Device for Animals, which was intended for everyday consumers, received its patent. This metal device was uncomplicated, a mechanical unit that used a wind-up alarm clock, a tension spring, and a string-winding metal spool to expose the food tray. Simple to use, it was a reflection of America's post-war prosperity as people had more income with which to make their lives, and those of their pets, easier. This fact is further reflected by the era's rapid automation of the home.
The automatic pet feeders of today do the same thing, utilizing all the advances technology has accorded people. There are devices that have voice recording, WiFi, digital programming, or a combo of all these. Whereas the earliest feeders were metal, most are now plastic. German company, Trixie, has been in the pet food dispensing business for over 40 years, and their feeders are vastly different from the Kum-Pet. They are the makers of the round, programmable, multiple-day feeders such as the Trixie TX6. The TX2 is not programmable; it opens automatically according to the timers' settings. The 48-hour timers are analog, similar to those of the Kum-Pet and the Pet-Mate Cat Mate C20, and can be set together or separately.
Like the Cat Mate and PetSafe Pet Pod, the Trixie TX2 serves 2 meals or 2 pets. Or perhaps 2 meals to one really pushy and pudgy pet. Each of its food trays can hold up to 1.3 cups of wet or dry food. Unlike the Cat Mate C20 or the Pet Pod, the TX2 includes 2 ice packs for placement underneath the food trays. It also has rubber feet to avoid slippage. It runs on 2 AA batteries, which are not included, and note should be taken that there is no battery indicator light. Another issue is that synchronization of the timers is not handily achieved, which means that one pet could be jealously awaiting its turn to eat while watching the other pet eat, leading to the heartbreak of comestible envy. Also, the hinge seems a trifle shoddy. So, the Kum-Pet was built to last; the TX2, as with many of its siblings, not so much.
It broke quickly and ended up by tossing it out.
Appears to be silent operating, popped open easily, no chance of it locking again accidentally.
Fantastic! Easy to use and very reliable and durable. We can now relax if we are going outside.
It is nearly silent, which I love and it doesn't freak out my cat. I think the color and shape is better than similar products I have seen.
I have found this to be very reliable. Despite my cat pushing it across the floor and making valiant attempts to break in, she has not yet succeeded.
Works as described, was ideal for the day we were away on Christmas day.