Pet Mate C3000 Automatic Pet Feeder – Full Review
The Pet Mate C3000 automatic pet feeder is an easy and efficient way to ensure your pet is always fed on time. Whether you want to sleep in late or spend some time with your friends after work, your pet will be fed on time. Portion controlled feedings is also healthier for your pet. By programming how much food is to be dispensed at a time, your pet is never over or under fed. The unit is powered by 4 C sized batteries, so you can set it up where ever it is most convenient.
Automatic Pet Feeders are Completely Programmable
The Pet Mate C3000 has a unique food dispensing mechanism that ensures every meal is delivered accurately and consistently. The servings can be programmed from as little as 10g (2 teaspoons). Food can be dispensed three times per day. Simply program the meal size and the times the meals are to be dispensed.
The food hopper holds 3 kg of dry pet food and features a snap lock lid to keep food fresh. It runs on 4 C sized batteries, that last for about a year. It is important to keep on eye on how much battery life is left so that the unit will continue to work. The LCD screen has a low battery indicator light to make this is a simple task. If you change the batteries in less than a minute, the unit will retain its programming.
The feeding bowl is removable and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. The body of the unit can be washed with a damp cloth, however it isn’t really necessary to clean the inside of the hopper. You may want to give it a good wash once in a while, but make sure you dry it completely before adding the pet food as the dampness could promote the growth of mold and mildew.
All together the pet feeder measures 21 x 21 x 36.8 cm (8.3 x 8.3 x 14.5 inches) and can be mounted to a wooden board for extra stability. The sleek design will fit nicely into just about any decoration scheme.
The programming has 4 additional mode settings. One allows you to give your pet extra snacks in between meals. These have to be set manually every day. The regular schedule will go as long as the batteries work and the hopper is full, but the extra servings only hold their programming for one day. The second lets you feed your pet early. The third additional mode is manual operation. The portions are controlled, but the food isn’t dispensed automatically. The fourth optional setting is frequent feeds. This is ideal for diabetic pets that must eat many small meals at regular intervals or for pets on a diet. Because the meals are small, the pet can digest the food easier which promotes a healthy weight.
Drawbacks of the Pet Mate C3000
Cats can put their paw up the chute to get extra food if the kibbles are less than 6 mm (¼ inch) diameter. The portion amounts are also not as accurate with kibbles of this size. Unlike most pet food dispensers, the chute is more like a nozzle and attached to the unit instead of a built in part.
The machine is quite noisy when in operation, and some people found it very complicated to program.
Tips for Operating the Machine
- Set the clock and wait a full minute before entering the feeding schedule. This is very important. The unit must have the time stored correctly before it will accept the schedule.
- The first time you use the machine, make sure it is one a day you will be home so that you monitor its efficiency. Never leave your pet at home alone unless you are sure the pet feeder works.
- If you have more than one pet, it is best to get a feeder for each to prevent fights.
Questions Commonly Asked About the Pet Mate C3000
“Is this machine reliable?”
Yes, it is very reliable
“Is this pet feeder just for cats?”
Actually, the Pet Mate C3000 is designed for dogs, but it can be used for cats. Because cat food is generally made in smaller kibble sizes, the portion sizes need to be adjusted to prevent too much food from coming out at once.
“Is is difficult to programme?”
Some users have had programming problems, but with a little patience and practice, it becomes very simple.
“How easy is it for cats to get their paws up the chute for extra food?”
It’s not as easy as some people will have you believe. But, cats do have small paws, so it is possible if they really try. Most cats never figure out how to get extra food.
“Does this feeder have to be programmed every day?”
No, you just set it and forget it. It holds its programming when you refill the hopper. If you change the batteries quick enough, you won’t even have to reprogram after a battery change.
The Pet Mate C3000 is a high quality pet feeder that saves its programming for as long as the batteries last, even longer if can change the batteries in less than a minute. It may be a bit tricky to programme at first, but once you have done it a few times, it is simple as can be. The attractive design fits into any décor. Some cats can get extra food or topple the hopper if they really try. A wooden brace on the bottom and extra weight on top (like the cat food bag), can fix these issues.
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