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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-14-2008, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Timed feeder for dry feed.

Does anyone use one? Are they reliable? And is there one that's better than the others?

Would you use one if you are going away overnight? I'm frantic about Christmas. We are going to be gone overnight, so I need to be able to feed a meal at night, and one in the morning. We can feed wet before we go, and the next night when we get home. I don't really know anyone well enough here yet to let them in my home when we're not here. The barn, sure, I have a couple girls who have horses just down from us who can care for them, but I'm worried about the kit kits.

HELP! I want to be prepared so I can enjoy my time away.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-14-2008, 10:40 PM
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Re: Timed feeder for dry feed.

When I was gone for a day and a half, I just left out a wet meal and extra dry. You're not going to be gone very long, I would think leaving out a good-sized meal of wet for each of them (remember the Parmesan cheese ) and some extra dry would be fine. I wouldn't go to the expense of buying an automatic feeder for a one-time event.

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Re: Timed feeder for dry feed.

I think you're worrying too much, Geri. Your furry kids will be fine. It's just 24 hours, after all.
Leave a day's food out. They'll portion it out for themselves.
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Re: Timed feeder for dry feed.

nothing is better than this Super Feeder;
http://www.super-feed.com/
which has the following advantages;

- control the size and duration of feed activity
to accurately dispense precise amounts per hour.
- easy to make completely pet tamper proof.
- very durable, weather proof and warranted.
- relatively quite operation
- keeps food sealed in for freshness
- able to process weeks of feed capacity
- easily handles any kibble from 1/8"-7/8"
- easy to mount lifted off the floor for
a more comfortable cat feeding position.
- the separate timer requirement only
adds to it's versatility and accuracy.
- easy to clean, with small footprint.

I feed my 2 cats exactly 0.75oz every 3 hours
24/7 (or 8 times each day) to create a never
empty bowl, that still moderates consumption
and reduces the binging and purging of what
many call recreational vomiting.

I have 2 year old cats, which I hope will live
a good 15+ years. so investing over $100 in
a feeder that will last as long as they do,
was definitely a wise even cheap investment.

I simply can't rave enough about this purchase.
if you search for super feeder on Amazon.com
it's the only unanimous 5-Star feeder on there.

since using this feeder my cats never beg for
food, bother me while I'm eating, or seem
lathargic, overweight, or underweight. they
also drink a healthy amount of water all day.
my cat's don't camp the feeder waiting for
food - but they often run to it when they
hear it dispensing every 3 hours.

by alternating the availability of food and water,
it may be possible to eliminate recreational
vomiting completely. I'm doing an experiment
now to prove this may be true with my cats.
I will post my finding by Month's end.
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Re: Timed feeder for dry feed.

I understand the worry, though. I was more stressed out about leaving my girls than surgery. That's just how we are.

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Re: Timed feeder for dry feed.

Holy WOW petspy! $144.95 for that! I guess I didn't realize they were so expensive! I think John and Marie are right...........I'll just be leaving out some extra food! Maybe I am just worrying to much about this. I'd rather spend the $144.95 on canned food for the kit kits, and feed for the horses!

Thanks for the support guys...........I feel better about this now!
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Re: Timed feeder for dry feed.

by getting a "blemished" unit without the high capacity hopper,
I was able to get everything I needed for closer to $100 shipped.
it may not suit your occasional absences, but for me it's perfect.

you can always get unlimited gravity feeders for as little as $10;

I prefer the cheaper Petmate Cafe' model over other brands.
I got one for travel and emergency backup of my super-feeder.
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