Pet Mate Compliment - Handy automatic cat feeder
I recently took a 3 day trip out of state and needed a good automatic cat feeder. There are plenty available out there, but my problem is my cat only has a few teeth left, and can only eat wet food. As you know, wet cat food does not last as long as dry if left out for extended periods of time.
I had seen a product in an airline catalog a few months earlier that claimed it could be used for wet cat food as well. I ended up finding the same product at my local PetSmart store. It is called the "Cat Mate C50". The company that manufactures them is located in England. The box looked a little cheap, kind of like those generic products you buy from overseas. But I found the product and the design to be pretty solid. It is basically a circular tray with 5 feeding compartments. It takes one AA battery that runs a timer. The tray is spring loaded so that as the timer hits each feed time, it releases the tray to rotate to the next feeding slot, and covers up the old one. Very simple and effective design.
For keeping wet cat food fresh, it also has twin ice packs that load underneath the unit. I'm pretty sure the ice packs won't last much more than a day or so, but that helps keep the food fresh for the extra day while you are out of town.
Clean up is easy, the food tray section can be removed and put in the dishwasher.
I was very impressed with the quality and simplicity of the product. I would definitely recommend checking it out of you are in the market for a cat feeder.