For five years it was just me and my cute gray kitten Charlie. When I was growing up, I didn’t have any pets. When I finally got the opportunity to be a mother cat as an adult, I took it. She is the perfect cat. A cat was easy to take care of, especially a cat with her personality. Then a friend had to find a home for his grandfather’s cat, so I took in Katniss, a tuxedo cat the same age as Charlie. It wasn’t the hissing, scratching of furniture, or the occasional carpet poop that was the hardest part of integrating into a new household – it was the constant stealing of groceries. Each of my cats needed their own bowl that only they could access. That’s where the SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder came in to save the day. It’s expensive as hell, but I love, love, love this pet feeder.
To be fair, my two cats are food motivated. I could walk into the kitchen with my toe and they’ll be right behind me, waiting expectantly for me to open a nice warm can of tuna pie. So when it was time to finally do the formal introductions, they would always try to steal shot from each other’s bowls, even when their bowl wasn’t empty. Both graze throughout the day, so it’s not practical to manually eat them 5-10 times a day. I’ve tried automatic feeders in the past, but after nine ant infestations within a few months, I gave up. The SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder said it would stop my cats from stealing food from each other and Help me stop worrying about one of my cats becoming the next Cinder block. This promise was kept in full.
The bowl itself looks like something straight out of a science fiction movie, room-like with the curved arch going over the top. It took my cats over a week to feel comfortable enough to put their heads under it to eat, but when they realized they had to do this to open the lid of the bowl, they were fine. This sheet is key to the whole thing: it contains a microchip reader that reads the microchip implanted in your cat (or dog) and just opens the lid for everyone Beast your program to recognize it.
It’s super easy to program too. You press the button on the back with a cat face and a plus sign next to it, move your cat near the arch and that’s it, you’re done. Your cat or dog doesn’t even need to have their head completely under the arch for the lid to open. It’s sensitive enough where your pet triggers the microchip reader when sitting right next to the bowl. If your pet doesn’t have a microchip, the SureFeed contains a collar with a chip that you can program to recognize it instead.
There is also a training mode that your pets can use to gradually get used to the lid once they step into the bowl. Each time you press the “cat in an end cap” button, the lid will gradually close. Combined with placing some goodies on the mat in front of the bowl, this definitely helped my cats get used to the sound and movement the lid makes every time they wanted to nibble on something. You must program the feeder to recognize your cat beforehandalthough.
If you have cats smarter than mine, they may be trying to get around the side or back of the food to sneak some food when the other cat opens it. There are clear plastic shields on either side of the feeder that act as a blockage, and the lid itself creates a barrier as it lifts off the bowl and retracts backwards.
However, there is a gap between the side pieces and the open lid as the panels are not cut straight on one side. They have a curve so your pet can grab a hand there and scoop out some food. However, placing the feeder next to a wall in a corner or other strategic location should keep your cat or dog from trying. I have put the feed troughs next to each other and have no problems – but my cats also eat at different times.
You can also opt for the Connect version of these feeders, which connect to a separate hub that you plug directly into your router. You manage the connection through an app where you can check the battery life of the feeders (I’ve had these feeders for almost two months and the battery life is still okay). Adjust the scale to measure the weight of the food for precise feeding and monitor how much and when your pet is eating.
The only feature I didn’t use that often was the scale. When you are someone who weighs your pet Eat before serving, you will probably find it more useful than I do; I use a good old measuring cup. I’m at home all day too, so I can easily take a look at which of my cats are eating and how much. But like every other part of the SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder, this feature works just fine. It would have been nice if the app could connect directly to the feeders itself, but that would likely have driven up the cost of the feeders.
The SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder comes at a high price: $ 150 per feeder without the Connect Hub features, $ 180 per feeder with the Connect Hub, or $ 253 if you want a Connect Feeder plus hub. It’s easy to look at the cost of a feeder and laugh about it. $ 150 isn’t pocket money, but sometimes it can be really worth it, and These bird feeders are well worth it if you have cats with eating disorders. They use little electricity, so the batteries have a long life. The motor of the lid and rolling mEchanism can handle dozens of activations per day. Programming the feeders to recognize my cats’ microchips worked without any problems. It contains additional accessories and features, as well as tips on how to best get your pets used to the feeder. It’s a wonderful device that works as advertisedand I cannot emphasize enough how much easier these feeders have made incorporating a new cat into my household. If you decide to pay the cash for this feeder you will not be disappointed.
- Easy to set up, works flawlessly
- Includes a collar in case your pets don’t have microchips or theirs Microchip is not compatible
- The chaos in my house has been reduced because my cats no longer steal from each other Food
- Can buy a separate back cover to keep sneakier eaters away