PLEASE NOTE: This competition has now ended but read on for more into on the SureFeed…
- Do you have to monitor what your pet eats or drinks?
- Does your pet need to eat a specific diet (eg. prescription or weight-loss diet)?
- Do you have more than one pet and have to ensure each gets enough food?
- Do you have a “bully cat” who control the food dish?
- Do you have to keep your dog out of the cat’s food?
- Do you struggle to keep pet food fresh in the dish?
Then this device could be the one for you…
Trying the SureFeed pet feeder
I was really excited to try the SureFeed pet feeder. At first, I did not think we needed it. Yes, this device would have been invaluable when we had our diabetic cat Leo who was on a special diet and we needed to prevent our other cats, Ginger and Mew from eating his food. Unfortunately, by the time I discovered this pet feeder, we had already said goodbye to Leo.
I decided to try it anyway. As those of you from multipet households know, when one pet leaves the family dynamics of the other pets change. Ginger, my 11 year old ginger cat (yes we are so original with names!), was recovering from weight loss due to a hyperthyroid condition and was eating and eating and eating some more! This cat who could not have cared less about food was suddenly guarding the food dish, preventing Mew from getting anything to eat. A perfect opportunity for the SureFeed to work its magic.
So we fitted the microchip disc to Mew’s collar. We did this simply to try it out. All my cats are microchipped and the device, once programmed, can recognise your pet’s microchip. (Incidentally, one of the scariest things about this automatic feeder was the rather thick instruction booklet that came with it. One look at that volume and you may be daunted to even begin but once you realise that instructions are provided in several languages, the the task is not do foreboding. A quick start guide, however, would be an added bonus.)
The feeder recognises the approaching cat (in our case Mew) and opens to allow them to feed. Other pets (in our case Ginger and Chilli dog) are excluded.
It did take Mew a little while to get used to it. This was due to 4 separate factors:
- We had to locate the feeder in a different area to the cats’ normal food location, due to our lack of space on our benchtops.
- There is a slight (one second) delay in the opening of the dish from when Mew approached.
- The feeder makes a slight sound when opening.
- The overhanging bar appeared to be a little daunting at first.
The reward of food soon overcame any hesitation and Mew quickly learned to feed from it. Ginger quickly learned that he was not going to source any food from this device and now leaves it well alone.
A couple of weeks into this venture, Mew was diagnosed with stage 1 renal failure. She is 16 years old so perhaps not surprising but she now has to be on a special diet. The SureFeed has been such a bonus. Now we know that she is eating her food. Our only difficulty was deciding whether is should actually be Ginger who was using it, instead of Mew (so that she did not consume his normal food). We have kept it for Mew’s use and so far so good. All cats behaving and eating 🙂
The company that make SureFeed have given me one SureFeed dish to giveaway. All you need to do is tell me how you would use the SureFeed microchip pet feeder. You can enter in the comments section below. (This giveaway is only available to pet owners located in Australia. Sorry, overseas people.)
Entries close on Wednesday 18th November at 12pm (AEST) and the winners will be notified on this blog. You have until Sat 21st Nov to send me your email address. (If no response is made, another winner will be chosen.) The company will deliver the product to the winner. All questions about the product should be directed to SureFeed. Good luck.
Note: Dr Jo is not endorsing this product, simply reporting on its usefulness 🙂