Andrew James 90-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder – Full Review
The Andrew James 90-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder makes your life easier. The programmable feeder holds 45 cups of dry dog, cat or rabbit food, so you never have to worry about forgetting to feed your pet, getting up early on days you want to sleep in, or rushing home after work to make sure your furry friend gets fed on time. The tamper proof lid prevents your pet from helping himself to an extra snack, and the smart sensor prevents the feeder tray from overloading. Your pet is alerted to meal times by your own voice. You can record any type of message for your pet, and it plays back when it is time to eat.
Exceptional Features of the Programmable Pet Feeder
This programmable feeder is very simple to use. The easy to read LCD display has a clock, low battery indicator light, and an alarm that sounds when all of the programmed meals have been dispensed. You set the portion size and the frequency of feedings. Portions can be set as low as a quarter of a cup and as large as two and a half cups, and you can program from one to four servings per day.
The unique new sensor prevents the tray from overloading. The tray is easy to clean, and the clear hopper has tamper proof clasps. The clear hopper allows you to monitor how much food is left, so you that you know when to refill the unit.
The compact size of the unit (39 x 30 x 30 cm or 16 x 12 x 12 inches) means that it will fit nicely just about anywhere. Since it runs on battery power, you don’t have to worry about placing it near an electrical outlet. You can even use the feeder in the garden, if you wish. The durable plastic construction makes it waterproof, however the feeder tray could fill up with water if it rains.
The chute has a unique anti-jamming feature. Food jamming the chute is big problem with some feeders, and very frustrating for hungry pets. The Andrew James 90-Day Automatic Pet Feeder comes with complete instructions and is covered by a 2 year fixed warranty in the UK and EU.
Negative Features of the Feeder
The instructions are very hard to understand and you have to set the clock quickly or it will go to the default of 12:00. When this happens, you have to turn it off, wait a few seconds and try again. However, with a little practice the whole process gets much easier.
The feeding portions are confusing. The instructions go by quarter cups, but people in the UK don’t use that measurement. The easiest way to solve this problem is by using the scoop you used before, measure the amount and convert this amount into cups. Then you can program the feeder accordingly. This may sound complicated, but you only have to do it once.
The playback sounds terrible. You might get used to the sound after a while, or opt to not use this feature at all.
Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Feeder
- Keep an eye on the hopper to make sure there is always enough food. One hopper lasts over a month, so it may be easy to forget when it’s time to refill.
- Make sure the unit is turned off before refilling and cleaning.
- If you have more than one pet, it’s best to get a feeder for each. When pets share one feeder, there is a chance that a greedy pet might eat all the food and leave the other pet hungry.
- If you find that the unit is dispensing too much food, even at the lowest setting, you can block one of the cylinders.
- Always try the machine when you are at home before leaving your pets alone.
Common Questions About Using the Feeder
“Is it possible for my cat to reach in and grab extra food?”
No. The tray sits very snugly so it would be impossible for an animal to get its paws up the chute.
“Can I use this feeder for two cats?”
Two cats might fight over the food, or one cat would eat it all and leave the other hungry. It’s best to have a separate feeder for each pet.
“Does the chute get jammed up?”
The chute doesn’t usually get jammed. The way the feeder vibrates prevents this from happening.
“Can meals be programmed to disperse once an hour?”
No. Up to four meals can be programmed per day. That’s one meal about every three hours.
“If I set the feeder to dispense twice a day, does that mean it will dispense every twelve hours?”
No. You choose the times the food will dispense. Meals can be programmed as close as three hours apart or as long as twelve hours apart.
Overall, the Andrew James 90-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder is a great automatic pet feeder, for a great price. Many people use it for more than one pet, but it is recommended to have a separate one for each pet to avoid fights. The machine is very noisy when dispensing food, but much of this can be quieted by placing the unit on a mat. The hopper holds enough food for over a month, which is very convenient, and you aren’t constantly adding more food.
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