Pet ownership is a wonderful thing. It’s like having little furry teenagers that lay around all day and eat, or scurry about and get into mischief. And eat. But beyond all the feeding, having a pet is also good for human health. Numerous studies have shown that pet owners, particularly of dogs and cats, have lower stress levels and might live longer than those without pets. The mere petting of an animal is enough to soothe a person, and it works pretty good on the pets as well. And all these animals ask in return is to be fed in constancy. But what if the human is unable to fulfill even that most basic need? Disability, work schedules, and even mere forgetfulness are enough to upset a pet's feeding schedule, which in turn upsets pets. That's where automatic feeders come in, and it's a good thing because otherwise, dogs and cats could start seeing their owners as preferable alternatives to kibble.
The TX4 Automatic Food Dispenser is a 4-day feeder from the same German company that offers the Trixie TX6. Trixie has been in the food dispensing business for 40 years, so if they can't feed your pet, many others can. For instance, the Koolatron Lentek 6-Day is similar to the TX6 but it also includes a couple of ice packs to keep wet food fresh. The Andrew James 6 Day Pet Feeder doesn't have refreshers but it does possess a microphone to record and play back a message at each meal time.
The TX4 can be programmed with the digital timer to open every 4, 8, 12 or 24 hours. The 4 meal trays hold about 1.7 cups of dry food although, as with the TX6, Koolatron, and the Andrew James, it can hold wet food too. There is a low-battery light indicator but, according to Trixie's instruction manual, batteries are not included, so it doesn’t come on until you buy some. The TX4's plastic body is easy to clean, and the feed bowl is dishwasher-safe.
Yes it is very smart designed. Your cats have to be very strong to be able to remove the lid. You do not have to remove the cap when refilling.
The controls were a bit fiddly...The bowls themselves aren't well designed - dip down to a deep "V" shape in the center...feels quite heavy.
Feeder is not suitable for small dogs...if the lid was not closed, the feeder would have ended up being damaged or the dog's leg could have a serious injury.
The size is good, the food trays not too small...cleaning and assembling is easy. Visually, it is also appealing.
The setting worked without any major problems...The batteries last up to now, it is already over 2 months. The recording function is great
Not very difficult to learn how to set the timer...only problem we've found is that it took our cat less than five minutes to open the lid of the exposed compartment.
Very easy to set up and as the timer is digital you do not have to worry about accurate timing...Very good value for money.
Programming is actually quite simple, just a shame that you can program only full hours...unfortunately everything is gone after switching it off completely, even the time.
The automatic feeder is very handy if you need to travel for two days. One can fill four servings, whose fields are opened by timer. Works flawlessly.