The Petmate LeBistro programmable feeder not only reliably delivers portion-controlled meals to pets while the pet parent is away, it also eliminates the daily chore of scooping and measuring. The bowl is removable and top-shelf dishwasher safe....more
The Petmate LeBistro prrogrammable feeder not only reliably delivers portion-controlled meals to pets while the pet parent is away, it also eliminates the daily chore of scooping and measuring. The bowl is removable and top-shelf dishwasher safe.
Large LCD screen and built-in meal counter
3 simple buttons take the pet parent throughout the process
Food hopper is conveniently transparent for monitoring food levels at a glance
Handy twist-lock lid keeps the food fresh and secure
Dispenses 1/4 to 2 cups per serving up to three times a day
Use for dry cat or dog food
Dimensions: 14 inches high x 10 inches wide x 15 inches deep
I read all the reviews here on Overstock and another Website. I was concerned about two things: one the portion size and second, my cat's ability to play Houdini and reach for food. My cat is smart, but never did I think she would attempt to stick her paw up the food chute. I was wrong. The instant I set it done and she smelled the food, her paw was up there. What I did was cut thick paper (about three inches wide and one and three fourths long, and tape it over the extra chute space). So far she had not tried that again and the food come out without any issue. With regard to the portions, my hubby had made saran wrap pillows to limit how much food comes out. Others who have said the portions are too much for small cat kibble are correct. To make this work, some tinkering is needed. Otherwise it is working great. Now we can sleep in on a Saturday and not hear the mournful wailing of our cat.
Did the image onsite match the product? No
Did the description onsite accurately describe the product? A little
This is our 2ndPetmate feeder. They work well. You can set up top 3 feedings per day at 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 3/4cups, 1 cup, and 1 1/4 cups. The only complaint I have is that when the battery gets week you think it is still working but it does not. We are going to buy the wall electric wall pug input to solve this problem.
I like my cat to eat a small portion of food 3 times a day, but this product is regularly not able to properly dispense that amount. It often only lets a few crumbs out when at the lowest cup amount. When I put it at the second cup amount, it lets out far too much food. What is strange is that I bought this product to replace the exact same product I've had for almost 3 years which funtioned fine. I do not know if overstock.com has "seconds" or slightly defective products for sale on purpose or if Le Bistro has changed something about their product. In the end, I wasn't able to return it in time, but as it stands, I am very dissatisfied.
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? image was accurate
How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate except that the door which releases the food is malfunctioning
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Very poor
This is a mixed review. Overall the feeder has great attributes. You can set it for up to 3 times a day and allows for several different size portions which comes in handy. It is much better then the feeders that you have to fill the individual portions if you are traveling as it will allegedly go up to 99 feedings. However.... the down part of this feeder is that the portion size is inconsistent. I have a small kitten/cat and only need the portion size of 1/4 of a cup per feeding. The first few times, it only dropped down 11 small kitten chow pieces at a time, now it drops down a larger amount, probably around a 1/2 of a cup which is too much for a small kitten. I have stopped using it on a regular basis and just use the feeder when I am going out of town in order that I do not overfeed the kitten. I have heard that the batteries wear out quickly but I have not experienced that as I have discontinued using the feeder on a daily basis and haven't used it for a long period of time. My kitten had no problems getting used to the feeder and the sound was not as loud as I expected. The kitten was able to hear the food as it dropped down and knew that she had fresh food. I would recommend the feeder for consistency and reliability that the cat would get fed, but with the 1/4 of a cup setting, it is way too much food to be used on a daily basis.
The Lebistro petmate programmable portion control feeder is wonderful. l am trying to help my pet lose weight and l work long hours this feeder feeds her automatically three times a day at one fourth cup size portions. The best part l don't have to get up at 5AM to feed her. She will complain to me on occasion but she is now associating the feeder as the one to wait on for food. I think she is losing weight already and l have only had the machine a few weeks.
Our cat used to wake us every morning at 6:20 meowing for food. With this we set the time and it automatically feeds to our set times. It has 3 meal options a day although we only use the breakfast one and you can choose how much is dispensed at each feeding. I did purchase the ac adapter for it because it was using so many batteries. I keep batteries in it for power loss only. A real lifesaver for a scheduled cat.
This product give me the freedom to leave for a weekend without the worry of someone coming into my house to feed my cats. It is pretty easy to program and did purchase an adapter so I did not have to rely on batteries.
My only complaint is the portion control. Sometimes it gives more sometimes less.
I have had this feeder for five years (purchased it from XXXXXXXX the first time) and it worked beautifully for the whole five years. I didn't even have to change the batteries until very recently. A few days ago, though, it finally crapped out on me and the timer is malfunctioning. I had hopes it would last forever, but alas I guess it is not to be so. I read some of the reviews from others on this site and I have not had the problems they have had. My cat doesn't try to outsmart the machine. She just sits there patiently waiting until it dispenses her food - so I can't attest to any problems there. The portion control amounts were consistent as far as I could tell and it always dispensed food exactly on time. I will be purchasing another one here on Overstock because I am happy to have had five years and no problems from this machine.
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