but mom, I’m hungry now!

Aug 14, 2011

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Sophie the cat, feeling over it in general

Meet Sophie the 2R cat. This is her “I’m-so-hungry-but-mom-won’t-give-me-extra-kibbles-because-I’m-on-a-diet-and-therefore-have-lost-the-will-to-live” face. She’s over it. Clearly. Soph-soph is so hyper concerned with her meals that in the mornings she will actually push her food dish all the way in front of the apartment door so as to oh so subtly remind me to “never forget.” In all fairness I guess breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

Anyway, as a concerned cat mom I’ve been toying with the idea of getting one of those automatic feeders for her. I did a bunch of Googling and it’s supposed to be really good for them. It gives them an exact schedule they can count on and transfers their food dependence to a machine and you can go back to being just the loving cat mom/dad apartment tenant. I feel in Sophie’s case she’s so attached to eating that she is extremely disgruntled with my presence unless I have, or am about to have, or have recently had, a kibble scoop in my hand. Leaving food out all the time is not an option for her as she, like the rest of the residents of 2R {I learned it by watching you!} likes to eat her feelings and will continue to do so until the vessel is empty.

After much Googling and Amazon review reading and hemming and hawing I finally bit the bullet and bought the Petmate Le Bistro Portion-Control Automatic Pet Feeder. It rings in around $50 bucks which is a bit more expensive than the other model I was looking at. Only this one was a little less fugly. Now, the feeder is gigantic, or maybe my apartment is really small. But, I wasn’t expecting the sheer size of the thing. It’s over a foot tall, you can see the size comparison below… I guess I was too busy reading the reviews to look at the product dimensions, DOH! On the upswing, it does fit an entire bag of food. Sooooo I guess I’ll keep the cat feeder and look for a bigger apartment?

sophie next to and as big as cat feederThe reviews for this feeder on Amazon are 50/50. But sometimes with those things you have to take them with a grain of salt and filter for complete idiots &/or grumpy-gusses. A lot of reviews said it was hard to program. I disagree, if you can read this and therefore are capable of reading the English language you can program this feeder. Has years of deciphering IKEA code/drawings conditioned me for master instruction following?

It also tickles me that the visual interface labels them “breakfast” “lunch” and “dinner.” Just like people meals. *It’s the little things :-)* I stuck around quite a bit during meal times the first few days to make sure that the feeder was kicking out enough food and not too much (the reviews were varied on this) but so far so good. I’ve had zero problems getting her to eat from the new bowl, obviously for her, but ya never know. She also doesn’t have the stealth skills to break into the thing or knock it over. I’ve seen her warily inspect the machine and paw a bit at the big bowl, but no serious plans of action/plots to free the kibbles have been attempted. Though sometimes I catch her just staring at the 5 lbs of snacks being held hostage and trying to utilize her Jedi mind powers to free them.

Sophie staring at cat feeder using her Jedi mind powers Someday I will come home and find her passed out in a sea of Meow Mix with a blissed out smile on her cat face, of this I am certain. For now, I’m getting pretty much stank face with zero direct eye contact in her efforts to express her disapproval for teasing her with unattainable kibbles in plain sight. Par for the course around here though.

Sophie stank face

If you have any experience with cat feeders in general or this one in particular talk to me below in the comments, because I am that crazy cat lady who will use her blog to discuss pet feeding habits.

? – b

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Joe S August 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Great Blog!

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james August 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm

“I learned it by watching you!” … awesome

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B.Strave August 15, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Yes, like the child drug PSA, but sub food and cats… Should I make this? Is cat obesity a leading killer these days? Could we possible segue this into the fried egg brain on drugs bit?

Steve S August 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I should get one of these to monitor my margarita intake. That would work, right?

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B.Strave August 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I think with your nimble fingers you’d be in the lid pretty quickly. Just like the downstairs door…

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