Did a great deal of research on the majority of automated cat feeders on the market and after speaking to a company representative via their customer service 800 number, I decided to purchase Deal-24 -- CFS Double Super Feeder Combo with Chute Covers, 1 ACDT-36 Dual Outlet Digital Timer, Stands and Bowls, plus I also order 2- 1.5 Hoppers. This product is awesome and operates as advertised. Very satisfied with the quality and operation of the products. The unit is worth the financial investment. My 2 cats took to it immediately. The cats now have their own personal food butler! When the timer automatically turns on the units, it's like a dinner bell going off for them. It is the only product I know of that lets you control the exact amount of dry cat food to be dispensed. Did I mention that the units are awesome!!!
Made in USA for 23+ years! Many modes of operation, indoor applications, ease of maintenance and repairs.
Great double feeder combo if you want to feed your pets at the same exact time because they do not share one bowl very well. This custom double Super Feeder combo deal comes complete with sturdy black ABS stands ready for mounting brackets, one dual-outlet type digital timer (style may vary) to trigger both feeders at same time up to 20 times per day or certain days indefinitely, two Kibisan® dishwasher-safe black bowls especially designed to spread kibbles to the outer edge for better food access to pets and away from the feeder's chute cover. All hardware needed and instructions manual are included (even a video is available for minor assembly and operation). As an added bonus, this package deal includes two installed tough polycarbonate CHUTE COVERS ($16 value) to help prevent intrusion by your "locksmith" cat!
Voltage required: Power supply (supplied) 110-240VAC 50-60Hz 12VDC output, all timers 120V 60Hz- Wi-Fi Socket 110V-240VAC 50-60Hz. USA style plugs only-not battery operated.
NOTE: Small 1/4" round (spherical) kibbles like offered by Science Diet or other brands are recommended for very best performance. Please be aware that the feeder does not “count’ kibbles, but tests have shown that an overall accuracy of +/- .1 to .2 ounce from one portion to another is possible with recommended kibbles. Most other kibbles will work well up to 5/8" diameter, but with so many shapes/sizes of kibbles on the market, it is impossible to predict exact results as far as exact accuracy is concerned. Although performance is guaranteed with recommended food as described, please be advised that due to variance of kibble sizes and shapes, 100% portion accuracy simply cannot be guaranteed for all feed cycles. That would apply to any feeder feeding oddly shaped kibbles.
NOTE: USING A NAME BRAND LIKE "SCIENCE DIET" IS ONLY A BRAND EXAMPLE.
Each feeder requires minor assembly only using a supplied screwdriver. Each feeder now comes with two practically indestructible polycarbonate clear extensions. Including the extensions, each feeder holds 4 and 3/4 cups of dry food (a bit over a quart and could be expended later with additional 2-cup clear extensions or the optional 1.5 gallon (24-cup) hopper. Like all other Super Feeders, this feeder will feed from very small portions to large portions as many times as the external timer has on-off cycles (up to 8 per day with this timer). You can save money by purchasing this double feeder combo package deal instead of two separate ones with chute covers. Note: The digital timer will keep time and programs while power is off or unplugged from the wall. No need to re-program the timer when disconnected from power or feeder. Not sure how it all operates? See the following video clip!
THINK ABOUT IT...WITH TWO FEEDERS, TRIGGERED AT SAME TIME YOU CAN TRAIN EACH PET TO EAT AT OWN BOWL! Using an extra timer, You could use two closely synchronized digital timers to operate both feeders at same time, or even better, you could use our Wi-Fi Smart Socket to trigger several feeders in toally different places at the very same exact time!
CSF-3 Feeder overall size mounted (space needed): 10 x 11 x 15 inches tall
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How to use the feeder with a regular external timer: Basically any plug-in timer like a lamp timer can be used. Just follow directions included in feeder's manual. See typical installation from past customer: http://www.super-feed.com/deal24feeders.htm
How to use feeder with a home automation system: You can plug the supplied power adapter into a 100-240V module controlled by your system. You then turn the module on for a couple of minutes with your system, which in turn triggers and powers the feeder. The feeder runs only for time in seconds you adjusted the feeder to give you the portion you want and then stops. When you turn the power off for a couple of minutes, the feeder resets itself and is once again ready to be triggered at the next programmed time. If your system has 12 to 24 volts output ac or dc, you can do away with the feeder's own power adapter and hook directly to the feeder. You could also control the feeder's run time entirely with your external system by setting the feeder's feed time controller to its maximum setting of 70 seconds. NOTE: We recommend our Wi-Fi socket listed on this store as ACWIFI Socket for iPhone control (see details). Systems below have also been known to work fine. Iris brand "smart outlet" in-wall has been reported to work with smart phone. Z-Wave Smart Outlet the "Quirkey+GE Outlink Smart Outlet systems will work. Some systems by Leviton may not work properly due to the fact that their systems such as Z-Wave module, Z-Wave receptacle and dimming modules may not completely turn off and thus not work with the Super Feeder.
Examples of home automation systems used with this feeder:
Remote-Controllable Dual Outlet: http://www.smarthome.com/insteon-2663-222-on-off-outlet-white.html/
Looked at cheaper alternatives but was worried the cats could get into it or it wouldn't trigger reliably. I've got two cats and one is more aggressive about eating so it was important that I get a set up where both feeders would trigger at EXACTLY the same time. This timer based system works beautifully and after getting the cycle time dialed in it's been in daily use for about a month now. Bowls are easy to remove and wash and I haven't had any issues with the cats getting into the hopper. It's not nearly the cheapest option out there for auto feeders but I guess you do pay for quality. Thanks!
After several weeks of searching for 2 feeders that would work off of one timer, I finally decided to buy these. The cost was more than I wanted to pay but the product has proven to be worth every penny. It was fairly simple to assemble and program. My cats figured it out quickly. My older cat used a different feeder when she was our only cat. She was able to steal kibble easily. As soon as I put this feeder on the floor, she immediately tried to reach into it. The chute effectively prevents any stealing. The younger cat has figured out how to pop off the lids so I have to duct tape them onto the unit. I no longer get woken up at for early morning feedings. They eat, we sleep in, and everyone is happy. When we go away for 3 day weekends, we don't need a sitter. We put out an extra water bowl and litter box and they are set. The money spent on the feeder is saved in pet sitting cost and is priceless for our sleep schedule.
We've had them for a few months and they're good products but if you want to be accurate in dispensing food, you'll need to hack it with a scale.
Purchased 2 Superfeeders for my 2 cats. One is a locksmith and I can say that he hasn't succeeded in attaining the food and it's not as if he hasn't tried. He's can't wait for us to get up at 5:30 he wants to eat earlier. We're now able to sleep until the alarm goes off. We can now go camping for the weekends without having someone coming over every day for the cats. So it's freedom for everyone. Very easy to adjust and the quantity is very close 9 times out of 10.
Overall this looks like a quality product that will work for years to come. I am using the Science Diet kibbles as is recommended. It will not give out a consistent amount of kibbles though. I spent A LOT of time adjusting the timer and the opening of the door on the chute. I weigh the food for my cats and it could vary from 12 to 29 grams. I finally found a setting that is was comfortable with and left it at that. I only use the feeders when I leave for the weekend or go on vacation. So, it is not a huge deal for me, they are getting fed. If you are trying to put a cat on a diet and want very precise amounts of kibbles, then I am not so sure this is a good choice. I had feeders that were a tray and the lid moved to feed the cats. This of course you measure ahead of time so it is always right on. My old feeders did not work anymore since my new cat would just flip the lid off and all of the food was gone right away. If you have a cat that figures out how to get into food. The Super-Feeders will work perfect. I will say that there is some chance of them 'hitting/pawing' at the feeder and some kibbles can fall out. The base is wide and stable though. You can minimize this by setting the door chute a little tighter. Of course the feeder can always be mounted to a 2x4 and secured to the wall. Again, these seem to be excellent feeders that should be the last I will every need to purchase. I am very happy that I got them.
We were constantly being woken by our very bad, very hungry cat at progressively earlier hours overnight. We bought a SuperFeeder combo to feed both cats, and they've taken to it very quickly! It was fairly easy to assemble, and the components look solid. We're looking forward to a lot of restful nights!
We have four cats, one with IBD who really needs her meals to be small and spread throughout the day. AND we were getting tired (literally) of the time at which the cats seemed to think they needed to be fed. Much research led me to the Super Feeder, and I'm glad it did! We started out with two on one timer for the cat with IBD and her companion. They are fed four times a day, every six hours. Taking care of those two took care of our early rising as the other two cats are a little less insistent. I've ordered two more feeders for the two cats that live in the front part of the house. They don't have the dietary needs of the IBD cat, and they share their space with the dogs, so their feeders will be used only when we are away for the occasional weekend out and for longer vacations. I love the fact that when vacation time comes I'll be able to have the cat sitter come out once a day or every other day to make sure all is well and clean the kitty boxes instead of the twice a day visits we have had. Even the twice a day visits were hard on the IBD cat because she really does much better with regular feeding times. Setting them up is a little fiddly, but it isn't difficult and once set they perform flawlessly. These feeders are well worth the price!
It truly is the best invention.. Works amazing, both my cats get excited when the food drops..really saves me the morning aggravation of getting up and the evening of rushing home.. Easy to assembly if you watch the video, although the timer is a bit tricky. But I love it!!!
We tested these feeders several days before leaving on a weekend getaway. They performed as advertised. We only use them when we leave because we want to keep a "relationship" with the kitties while we are at home. The feeders performed flawlessly. I do wish you had an option of only getting the manual set timers. The programmable one is a pain. We would much rather have the manual ones. That should be an option when ordering. The feeders measure food very accurately after you tweak them with the provided screwdriver. Very satisfied with the service.
I purchased two feeders with a single timer and everything is working like a charm. I couldn't be happier. I'm frequently away so it was important my cats had reliable feeders. I had another type but the pellets kept getting stuck and the food wouldn't dispense properly. My cats would then get frustrated and simply tip over the feeder and spill out all the food. Now, just the right amount is dispensed EVERY single time. Didn't understand the timer at first and Gerard helped me. He was great. I highly recommend this to anyone who needs a reliable feeder.
Easy set up, easy programming and works as promised.
I tried a couple of other of feeders for our cats but we have a locksmith cat here and the others simply failed. We'd come home to a beach-ball cat and a hungry cat. This was just not healthy for our guys so I continued searching. This one seemed expensive, but they said it was locksmith-proof. Simply put it is locksmith proof and beautifully built with high quality craftsmanship. I also highly value made in the USA and supporting small family run or employee owned businesses. I am so pleased to have been able to have found a feeder that meets all my requirements. This thing will last forever so if you are on the fence because of the cost, don't worry. There products are of the highest quality.