Thursday, December 28, 2017

12 Days of Catmas - PetSafe® Smart Feed

Eat Small Meals Throughout the Day


We're sure you've heard the research that it's better to eat small meals throughout the day instead of a couple of large meals. The same can be said for cats (or dogs). The difficulty doing this is if you are away from home during the day and can't monitor the quantity of food or the time of day your pet is fed.




We eat both wet food and dry kibble. Mom Paula can monitor the amount and time of day we eat our wet food. She's always let us "free-feed" our dry food throughout the day because we are nibblers when it comes to eating and she was always on the road all the time when she was working and would get home late in the evening. The problem was that she could never monitor how much we were actually eating; she just poured the food in the bowl and refilled as necessary.

Truffle eating her kibble from the PetSafe® Smart Feed

PetSafe® Smart Feed


PetSafe® has a solution for those busy pet parents who want to feed their cats (or dogs) small amounts at set intervals throughout the day with the Smart Feed Automatic Pet Feeder for iPhone and Android. This automatic pet feeder is a convenient pet feeding solution for the modern pet parent. It's an Wi-Fi enabled feed that connects to your home's wireless router (2.4GHz) and works with an Apple or Android smartphone. An app is downloaded to your smartphone and you can customize and schedule up to 12 meals a day with portions ranging from 1/8 cup to 4 cups (depending on your pet's needs) of dry or semi-moist food. The food is dispensed into a stainless steel bowl that has a 5-cup capacity. This automatic feeder is ideal for cats and small to medium dogs.



Video courtesy PetSafe®



Our Review



Truffle eating from the PetSafe® Smart Feed

The Smart Feed Automatic Pet Feeder for iPhone and Android was very simple to set up. The feeder itself consisted of 8 pieces (lid, food hopper, feeder base, conveyor, stainless steel bowl, bowl holder, and power adapter. that had to be put together. Don't worry, they were large pieces and I didn't really need the instructions for this, but there were simple to understand instructions with illustrations to help. All of the components were located inside the food hopper when the box was opened. There is an optional battery compartment (4 D batteries, not included) in case of a power outage. Once everything was in place, the power adapter was plugged in. You'll need to find a location in your home where the receptacle is close in order to plug in the power adapter. Once the feeder is plugged in, I turned it on by the switch on the bottom of the feeder. The LED will blink, indicating it is turned on, but the next step was to connect to Wi-Fi. 

Photo courtesy PetSafe®

Once the feeder is turned on, you'll need to search for "Smart Feed" on your smartphone's app store and download it. Once downloaded, open the app and follow the onscreen instructions, which were quite simple. After everything is set up, I put some of the girls' kibble in the feeder. The first time food is placed in the feeder or if the food gets low, I had to prime the feeder by pressing and holding the manual feed button until the food began to dispense. The sound of the kibble hitting the stainless steel bowl immediately captured the girls' attention and they began eating. I wasn't sure if the size of the feeder will intimidate the girls, but they weren't phased. The app was easy to set up. I could select the time of day and the amount of food to feed the girls. At first, I scheduled too much food during the day for the girls. I've experimented and discovered I could feed less food, multiple times during the day, and the girls were satisfied. This also keeps the food from getting stale by sitting in the open all day long. The first time the scheduled feeding occurred, it startled all of us because we weren't used to that sound and the kibble went into an empty bowl. The app notifies me when the girls have been fed and when their next scheduled feeding will occur. I've used both the scheduled feeding and the manual feeding from my iPhone. The only thing the app doesn't tell you is when the food in the hopper is low. I'm very impressed with the Smart Feed and plan on using it on a regular basis with the girls. 


Giveaway


We're excited to announce that PetSafe® has agreed to let us host a giveaway for one of our readers, as part of our 12 Days of Catmas holiday celebration, to win a Smart Feed Automatic Pet Feeder for iPhone and Android. No purchase necessary. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States 18+ years, except where prohibited by law. The giveaway will run from December 28 – January 8, ending at 11:59 pm ET. One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter (powered by Random.org) and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize and a new winner will be randomly chosen. To qualify for the giveaway, a comment must be left on our blog post.  Other entry options are available after a comment is left.  Please check your email and be sure to add sweetpurrfections@sc.rr.com to your address book! Good luck!


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54 comments:

  1. My 3 cats aren't really on a feeding schedule but it is something that I've been wanting to try in order to get my 9 year old cat to a healthier weight. Also for when I'm gone for long periods of time I will feel better knowing they will be fed.

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  2. That sounds like a cool feeder.

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  3. Since my Kyoko (who I lost last month) was an obsessed eater, I had to keep all three dogs on a regular feeding schedule. I'd give them food twice a day, with Kyoko eating from a slow feeder bowl in her crate (so she didn't run and take the boys' food as soon as she was done with hers). I gave the boys a reasonable amount of time to eat, and whatever they hadn't eaten by then was picked up and Kyoko let out of her crate. Without Kyoko, I more or less went to free feeding for the boys - putting food in their dishes and letting them eat when they wanted. However, my Kenji is getting too chubby so I may have to put him (and the other dogs) back on a regular schedule. I have also adopted a 10-month-old Coonhound girl and want to keep her on puppy food for another couple of months. This would be great for feeding Megumi!

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  4. My dogs eat meals twice a day. The first is breakfast when we get up in the morning and then they’ll eat dinner around 6 o’clock at night. They also get one cookie before bed time.

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  5. Honestly, my cats don't have a feeding schedule. They graze and it just seems to work for them. :\

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  6. Unfortunately there is no schedule... my mother thinks their bowls need to be full all the time.... ��

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  7. Our dog usually eats in the morning.

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  8. That sounds like a pawsome feeder ! Purrs

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  9. My pets eat 3 times a day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

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  10. My cats are grazers so I have dry food out all the time. They get 2 Tbls. of wet once a day.

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  11. My cat grazes throughout the day and my dog eats twice a day.

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  12. That is a cool bowl. I will pass on the giveaway though because I don't have a smart phone and my cats would be knocking it over to steal the food :)

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  13. They eat their meals twice a day.

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  14. Our mom would just love this! She's going to be working late twice a week and with this she'd be able to give us a snack while she's at work.

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  15. I don't use a schedule. I put out a little dry one a day and during the day give canned food twce.

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  16. Our cats get wet in the AM and have free access to dry all day right now

    ellen beck

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  17. My cat eats wet 2x a day (no dry) but my dog eats also 2x a day, same time but dry. I'd love to win this for him, actually.

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  18. My cat eats 3x wet, and 2x dry. I try to space them out. Also spread the food out so he won't eat so fast.. he throws up due to this a lot

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  19. Right now we feed Meku in the morning before work and in the evening after we get home

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  20. I feed and water mine every morning. That is nice!

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  21. 2/day, am and pm, with water always. some treats during the day and at bedtime.

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  22. I feed my dog 1-2 times a day and make sure his water bowl is always full.

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  23. Wet food in the morning and dry food at night. :)

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  24. This looks like a great option for folks. For some kitties, they eat it ALL at one time, and others are more circumspect. This helps even the playing field...or eating table? LOL!

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  25. Like you, I leave kibble out all day. I put it in a puzzle feeder that keeps it fresh until a drawer is opened. This PetSafe feeder looks like a wonderful solution for pets that should be fed multiple times throughout the day. Does it tell when the bowl is empty so that you don't automatically add more food?

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  26. This is a great feeder for when you're out of town overnight and want to keep your fur baby fed properly without having to rely on someone to feed the proper amount at the proper time. It's great that the feeder will also keep pets from overeating - I haven't seen that before in a feeder.

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  27. This is such a cool idea! My cat isn't one to overeat, but it would be cool to know exactly when she's eating and how much. Thanks for sharing

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  28. What a brilliant idea, I free feed Layla but for those that have scheduled feeds this is great because if you stuck in traffic or whatever you can still feed your pet

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  29. This is such a great idea as my Devons want to eat 24/7. You also have such great photos!

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  30. Our kitties have dry food out everyday. What they don't eat by morning gets fed to the birds. As for wet, we all have lunch together and they get food when we eat dinner.

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  31. I would have loved this feeder years ago for the two cats I had. There were some nights when I would work fairly late, and I would worry about whether I had left them enough food. This feeder would have been the perfect solution!

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  32. Great review and fantastic product. I just showed my husband this as we’re always brainstorming ideas for the best way to feed 10 cats! We give dry food in the morning and wet at night when we have more time to prepare food, giving eat cat their portions according to their weight. And then of course we have the grazers, those cats who nibble and then lose interest and come back an hour later wondering where their food went! This product will probably be great for filling in the gaps and satisfying the grazers too. I can’t enter the giveaway but I’ll go check it out!

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  33. I feed all my dogs and cat twice a day. My daughter was just saying how she would like to get an automatic feeder for her cat.

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  34. These automatic feeders sure are cool! The way we eat and with so many of us, this wouldn't work for us, but we wish all who enter the giveaway good luck! Some kitty (or dog) is going to be very happy with their prize!

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  35. My cats are fed dry and wet in the morning. They get 1/2 can each and 1/4 of dry each. My dog’s are fed dry in the morning. My boxer gets 2 cups and my Spitz gets 1/2 cup My dogs are fed in the evening and they get the same amount. My cats eat once a day my dogs eat twice a day.

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  36. I have often wondered if that would be a good idea to have for my 4 kitties.

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  37. They eat their wet food in the morning usually, and have dry food out most of the time but because we're on a weird schedule lately. Normally it's all in the a.m.

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  38. My boy eats when he's hungry usually a small amount in the morning and then dinner in the evening.

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  39. Twice a day unless they tell me they want food, then they get it a third time.

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  40. We generally just fill our cats dishes and let them eat as they please as they don't tend to over eat...our dogs however could eat a horse..or try to till they popped. We feed our dogs once a day at around dinner time.

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  41. A small amount at lunch and a bigger dinner. They regulate themselves pretty well, they're mostly outside cats. It does worry us about how to get them fed when we go away though

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  42. sadly no longer have one, but my sister has a cat and someone has to go to her house and feed Betty when she is traveling 2x a day. This would be awesome to give to her and Betty would like it too. She really is not a people person and hides when someone comes in shes is not VERY familiar with.

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  43. This would be awesome for their dry food. Petsafe is such a great brand. I have the 5 compartment feeder for their wet food and it’s amazing

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  44. We need to get on a feeding schedule. Not on one right now. I do take the bowls away if I see them eating too much or if they get emptied I wait a few hours before filling them, but otherwise they eat what they want.

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  45. I usually feed them in the morning.

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  46. We are trying to get our cat on twice a day schedule.

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  47. I usually fed my whenever she wants it

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  48. No kind of schedule here my cat just eats whenever he feels like it

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