Cat Mate C3000 – Full Review

Catmate C3000


Cat Mate C3000 it is an automatic feeder with several features and mode settings.

This review will give you a general description of the Cat Mate C3000, features, mode settings, pros and cons, and the final conclusion if this unit is recommended for your cat. We also include a video so you can see how this device works.



The Cat Mate C3000 allows you to program up to 3 individually sized meals within a 24 hour period with the ability to dispense each meal with a minimum of about 10 gr. (1/3 oz) at a time. It is designed to work with a minimum pellet size of 1/4″ diameter up to 6/8″ diameter pellet size. For better accuracy in portions, you may want to use 1/2″ diameter pellet size.

It has a programmable LCD control to set clock and feeding schedule.

This automatic feeder has several mode settings to customize your cat feeding schedule. If you want to program more than 3 meals by day you can do it with this unit adding this option manually every time.


  • Feeds up to 3 meals by day.
  • Capacity to dispense small amounts of food with minimum 2 teaspoons.
  • Optional mode settings.
  • Easy to program using the LCD control.
  • Snap lock lid to keep away smart pets.
  • Food hopper with a capacity to hold 6.5 pounds.
  • Dishwasher safe components.
  • May be attached to a wooden board for extra stability if required.
  • It has a low battery indicator on the LCD screen.
  • Dimensions are 8.3X8.3X14.5 inches
  • It works with 4 C batteries not included.


In addition to the classic “Set Meal” of 3 meals by day within a 24 hour period, this automatic feeder has 4 extra mode settings:

  • Extra feed (in addition to a Set Meal). This allows you to feed your cat additional “feed units” (meals) to the 3 times by day feeding schedule. You can add one extra meal (entering 4 in total) or you can add more meals as well. These extra feed units have to be programmed manually by day.

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    Cat Mate C3000 LCD Control

  • Advance feed (serving the next Set Meal early). With this setting, you can bring a programmed set meal forward. You may only advance feeding schedules programmed for the same day. For example, if you have set 3 meals by day and you want your cat to eat the second meal earlier, you can do it pushing 2 buttons and the second meal will be served. After this, on the screen will flash the next programmed meal (3rd meal).
  • Manual feed (dispensing controlled feeds on demand). This setting allows you to feed your cat a determined amount of food without programming meal times.
  • Frequent feed (small feeds at regular intervals). This setting is perfect for cats with specific dietary requirements (e.g. example, diabetic cats). The “frequent feed” allows you to set a determined amount of food to be dispensed at regular intervals you define within 24 hours. You define the “start” and “end” of this 24-hour cycle.  The intervals are defined by how many times you want the food to be dispensed during that cycle.

What are the Pros and Cons of the Cat Mate C3000?


  • It allows you to feed your cat up to 3 times by day and you can increase the times manually.
  • It allows you to customize the feeding schedule.
  • “Frequent mode” special for diabetic cats.
  • It retains the setting when turned off.
  • You can change the batteries without reprogramming if you do it within 60 seconds.
  • Components are dishwasher safe.
  • Convenient price.


  • Cats can reach extra food from the chute if using small size pellet (1/4″ diam.)mano abajo
  • The dispensing is not accurate if you use small pellet (1/4″ diameter).
  • Chute goes assembled with the unit, is not attached to it.
  • A little tricky to be programmed.
  • Just works with batteries.
  • Loud when operating.


  • After setting the clock you have to wait 60 seconds before setting the feeding schedule, this is very important.
  • If you love the idea of getting this device but you have a cat very obsessed with food and you know it will try to defeat this feeder, you can check this great customer solution (US link) to use this automatic feeder.


The Cat Mate C3000 is an excellent automatic feeder if your cat is not the “locksmith type”, in which case you need to keep your cat away from the hopper’s lid and chute. With that said, and according to customer reviews,

 This feeder is recommended in these situations:

  • If you feed your cat with 1/2” diameter pellet size (better accuracy in portions).
  • If your cat eats up to 3 meals by day.
  • If you need to feed your cat a determined amount of food by day with regular intervals, using the “Frequent Feed” mode.
  • If you have the patience to program this feeder (it takes time to figure out the programming).

With small pellet size (1/4″ diameter), is recommendable only if:

  • Your cat is well behaved with food, not a cat obsessed with food.
  • You want to feed two cats.
  • If your cat is not on a strict diet.

Lorena Avila is a Marketing Engineer, Writer, cat figures collector, cat lover and cat owner as well but above all a very passionate investigator of felines. She started investigating cat products 5 years ago when she couldn't find reliable reviews on the internet to buy an automatic feeder for her own cat and since then she has been helping others providing honest information online.

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11 Responses to “Cat Mate C3000 – Full Review”

  1. Tom Hoekstra says:

    Works fine once it is programmed.
    Programming takes about two hours at best; manual is not clear in how to manipulate the 4 buttons; much time is lost waiting to reset; never shure if the thing accepted the latest programming, switches to next step or not.
    It has one major similarity with my cat: unpredictable!
    would love to recommend it when a more precise and proper working programming/manual is available.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Thanks Tom for you input. As one of the “Cons” states, the programming of the feeder is tricky. Once the unit is setup, it works fine. Remember to change the batteries within 60 sec to keep the programming retained.

  2. Eve says:

    Been using the Catmate C3000 in a somewhat customised version for a while now and I’m pretty fond of it. Since one of my cats is pretty clever and VERY foodmotivated I needed a way to get the feeder out of his reach, while it still being able to feed both of my cats and give them both equal opportunity to get the kibbels. The final solution was to build a case around it, hang it on the wall out of his reach, and saw the little ‘catching bowl’ in half. Now when the Catmate switches on to dispence kibbles, they come raining down on the ground. Picture of the little cupboard and modified tray:
    The programming took me about half an hour to an hour I think, takes some getting used to but very doable nonetheless.
    And a little video of the Catmate working, along with my cats.
    I placed a food enrichment activity board beneath it, a lot of kibbles will bounce off of it, but the few that do land there provide a little bit of extra challenge for the cats.

  3. mariana says:

    Anyone knows how long it lasts the food on the container if feeding one single cat 3 times a day? More or less? Thanks!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi mariana, if you feed your cat approx. 7 Oz of food a day the food will last about 2 weeks. Hope that helps!

  4. yolande says:

    leaving tomorrow, i took to much time te check the batteries. I am unable to set my cat mate again.
    shop closed…
    If somebody have an idea…

  5. Bob says:

    new feeder is missing owner’s manuel. Need help locating a copy of it.

  6. BUck Armstrong says:

    why is the feeder so loud? after 1 turn i’m ready to chunk it