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  • Can not live without
    Verified Purchase

    Love this feeder! We have two cats and we set it to feed them three times a day 1/4 cup. It allows four different amounts to choose from and allows different times of the day!

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  • Great purchase for the easy going cat
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    I'm sure this product is great for most. Unfortunately, my cats are too smart for their own good. One quickly learned to stand up and tip the entire feeder over, easily spilling the vat of food out. The lid barely locks with a simple twist on mechanism and the plastic is pretty flimsy. I learned to best this cat by taping down the lid and putting feeder in the corner to minimize the risk of spillage. My other cat figured out how to pull the bowl/tray out and stick his foot up into the dispenser. He could manually turn the wheel that measured out the food and would self feed throughout the day. I had no control over how much he ate, which is important to me so that I can manage his weight. It's easy to program and generally easy to use. You just need a cat that can't beat the flimsy system.

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  • Happy
    Verified Purchase

    Really happy I bought this and nice it has so many options

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  • Right concept, but not for a smart cat
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    After I read other reviews, I was aware of the risk cat get into the feeder, but I decided to purchase this feeder for my trip. It took only 2 days for my cat to figure out how to get all the food she wanted. So, she ate as much as she wanted and gained weight. Now, I only use it when I like to sleep in in the morning, or just a day trip. If you put food carefully on top, cat will not get to it. Good luck with this item!

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  • A little difficult to program
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    Some food doesn't go through as well as other - best to buy small bite size food. I feel like my dog eats more now...when I used to just give her 2 cups in a bowl, she would leave some of it for days. Now, even though I feed her less, the sound triggers her to come and eat.

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  • Pet Feeder
    Verified Purchase

    Great price and fast delivery

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  • Great Idea
    Verified Purchase

    Use almost daily when we are out don't have to rush home to feed the dog..

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  • Automatic Pet feeder
    Verified Purchase

    The preious model was more functional. The latest model is very cheaply made and put together. The lid does not fit well and the feeder tray is not the best fit. If your food is too small, it will come out when it shouldn't. . If you can find another feeder , go for it.

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  • Great answer for weight loss and meowing kitties!
    Verified Purchase

    As a small animal veterinarian, I am constantly looking for new options for weight loss and behavioral problems with cats. This feeder fits the bill! I have programmed ours to three feedings 1/2 cup per feeding per day! Our kitties now, instead of waking us up in the morning, sit patiently in front of the feeder for their breakfast! The only complaint is that the feedings don't seem to go small enough for one cat, and it can be a little picky about the type of food (seems to to best with uniform kibble like ***** ******* *****. *Note - when the unit says that the battery is low, it will often last for months beyond that little red light!* Some of my clients have complained about very smart kitties being able to steal food from the next meal in the hopper -- ours haven't figured it out yet and we've had these feeders for over a year. This last one I purchased and gave to a friend, who enjoys it very much.

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  • Consistent but drops down too much food
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    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.

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  • petmate lebistro programmable portion control feed
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    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.

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  • Life saver!
    Verified Purchase

    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.

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  • Auntie
    Verified Purchase

    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.

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  • Had for a long time and have loved it

    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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  • Still have a sitter check in
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    This product is essential, yet totally flawed. It doesn't always dispense the right amount of food (or sometimes just doesn't dispense anything all). My cat has opened the top lid, figured out how to open the bottom flap, and has even pulled it out from the wall where I had it plugged in. I still have to have a friend come by and check on them every other day to make sure they are actually getting fed, but I do trust it enough that it alleviates the need for a visitor at each feeding. Costs way too much considering how poorly it works. A good start, but the design needs major improvements. Worthwhile if you're only going to be gone a short time, but worrisome if you are planning this as your only method of feeding while you're gone.

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  • Keeps the cat well fed
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    This item works well at dispensing the food to the cat. I also purchased one for our dog (who is very scared of sudden noises) and he will not eat out of this device because it dispensed one time while he was eating. The product does very well but if you have a easily scared animial I would probably avoid it.

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  • PetMate LeBristro 5 lb programable feeder
    Verified Purchase

    This cat feeder is a life saver most of the the time. I am a flight attendant for a major airline and travel a lot. If the batteries are fresh the feeder will dispense 3 squares a day. I wish I could by a electric adapter to make sure it's working. It's responsible most of the time while I am gone. I have a neighbor come by to make sure my cat is not starving. It keeps the food fresh and the timer is really a convent feature on the feeder. I'm pleased so far. It's also much better priced than some major pet chains prices.

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  • Only 4 stars because ...
    Verified Purchase

    I only gave 4 stars to this product because it delivers more food than the amount that has been programmed. I'm lucky to have a cat who doesn't over eat, but if you want to put your cat on a strict diet, this automatic feeder might give you some problems.

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  • Glad I knew what to expect
    Verified Purchase

    I am glad I read other reviews of this product, so I wasn't surprised by any of the undesirable features of this product. The biggest drawback is that it periodically spits out food. Since there is no pattern, my cats will never stop trying to get food from it. The second undesirable feature is that the food dish can be disconnected from the unit and the unit can be dragged across the floor. I have three cats and the main reason I purchased this item was so I could leave my cats over night. This totally works for that, and since they no longer associate me with food, I am not awakened in the early AM by cats harassing me for their breakfast. They have figured out the "pecking order" and eat peaceably. I am also happy with the large quantity of food that can be stored - I fill the bin about twice a month. I do recommend taping the lid to ensure your cat can not open it to gain access to the food bin. Someday I might follow a suggestion posted by one of the reviewers and attach the whole unit to the floor so the cats are not able to drag it across the room. But this works for now and that is what counts for me.

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  • Auto feeder working well
    Verified Purchase

    Easy to set up, works as it should with large dry food. Pros: Works as advertized with larger food at least Small cat has gained a bit of weight, large one hasnt gotten much larger Cats haven't figured out how to bump it for more food, this may be some design fixes or stupid cats, not sure. Cons: I would like more than 3 mealtimes to set up feeding.

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