MOTA Perfect Dinner Pet Food Dispenser (Old Version) – Updated Full Review

MOTA Perfect Pet Dinner

MOTA Perfect Pet Dinner

Product Description (2.7/5) MOTA Perfect Dinner pet food dispenser can be programmed to dispense up to 3 meals by day with a minimum of ¼ cup of dry food and a maximum of 1.5 cups at a time. Programming meals portions and times is simple through the large LCD panel.

It is recommended by veterinarian for diabetic pets and also for preventing obesity in cats.

This pet food dispenser can be used for feeding small dogs and cats and also for feeding two cats.

It is easy to assemble putting together 3 pieces: Hopper, base and bowl.

Perfect Dinner Pet Feeder requires 3 D size batteries that last up to 6 months, not included.  It does not have AC adapter.

 

Features

  • It has a recorder and player for the owner to call the pet to eat up to 3 times.

    Perfect Dinner Feeder Parts

  • Easy to program and read with LCD panel.
  • LCD displays time, programmed meals, portions, and meals served.
  • Can be programmed to dispense portions from 1/4 cup to 1.5 cups.
  • Transparent Hopper holds up to 7 lbs (3,17 Kg.) of dry food.
  • Removable feeding bowl.
  • Dimensions: 15.25 x 8.6 x 15.2 inches
  • Warranty by replacement of defective items.

 

HOW TO PROGRAM THE UNIT

You can set the feeder to dispense up to 3 times a day. These meals can be setup as follows:

MOTA Perfect pet dinner LCD Panel

MOTA Perfect pet dinner LCD Panel

1 meal = lunch that can be setup in a range of 11 am to 6 pm.

2 meals = breakfast and dinner. Breakfast can be setup in a range of 6 am to 10 am; lunch from 11 am to 5 pm.

3 meals = breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast range is 6 am to 10 am; lunch from 11 am to 5 pm and dinner from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Notice that you can’t program the feeder only for breakfast or only for dinner, unless you play with the time, introducing a fake time when setting the clock on the feeder.

 

Note about portions

According to customers reviews, the feeder’s Manual indicates that 1 portion=1/8 cup but in reality the minimum amount of food is in fact, 1/4 cup.

 

What are the Pros and Cons of Perfect Dinner Pet Food Dispenser?

Pros

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  • Very simple to program
  • Recorder and player to call your cat to eat.
  • Hopper has good capacity.
  • Hopper is very airtight to protect food
  • Adjustable portions and feeding schedule, according to feeding time’s range.
  • The bowl is connected to the unit in a way that is impossible for the cat to get it off
  • Bowl is removable for easy cleaning
  • Good to feed two cats

Cons

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  • Each meal time has a set range of times to be programmed.
  • You can’t program only breakfast or only dinner.
  • Hopper is made with thin plastic.
  • Just powered with batteries.
  • Some cats could reach some food with the paw.
  • It cannot dispense less than 1/4 cup of dry food at a time.
  • Voice recorder can’t be deactivated.

 

Tips

  • Make sure to put new batteries because if you put used ones, the dispenser might jump some meals.
  • Make sure to tape the battery cover to protect it.
  • When programming the unit first time, you have to expect the first meal to be served first (e.g.1/3), not the next meal of the current time you are at.

 

CONCLUSION:

MOTA Perfect Pet Dinner old version is fairly good cat food dispenser because it is simple to assemble, just put 3 pieces together and it is all setup. It is easy to program as well. Some points to consider about this unit:

  • The dispensing accuracy of this feeder will depend mostly on the pellet size you feed your cat. The bigger the pellet, the less amount of food will be dispensed.
  • The programming allows you to set the feeding times only at certain ranges of time for each meal. If you want to feed your cat only once a day, the default programming allows you to only feed your cat at lunch time at certain range of times.
  • The minimum amount of food for each meal is 1/4 cup so if you feed your cat 3 times a day you may be overfeeding your cat.

For all these reasons and Pros and Cons of this pet feeder:

 

? I recommend it mostly for:

  • Feeding 2 cats
  • Cats that are not overweight
  • Docile cats (not determined to get extra food from the hopper)
  • Feeding one cat if it eats once or twice a day

 

x The feeder is not suitable:

  • If your cat is obsessed with food (to get food from the chute)
  • If your cat is overweight
  • If you want your cat to lose weight.
  • If your cat has diabetes.

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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15 Responses to “MOTA Perfect Dinner Pet Food Dispenser (Old Version) – Updated Full Review”

  1. Jill says:

    How inaccurate are the portions? What kind of mechanism does it use to portion the food?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Jill, thanks for your question. Regard this automatic feeder, the minimum of 1/4 cup sometimes is less and sometimes is more, but all will depend of the pellet size you feed your cat. The smaller the pellet the more food will be dispensed. About the mechanism, usually all these feeders have a “drill” system to capture and push out the food.

  2. Lilian says:

    Hi Lorena.
    Is it a problem to not use rond foodpieces?
    Because I would like to use this product for my rabbits, and their food is not round.
    I got a picture of the food.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Lilian, thanks for your question. There is not a problem feeding your rabbits with not round pellets but after looking at the picture, I am not 100% sure if this type of kibble will work OK with the Perfect Dinner pet feeder, they are kind of tube shaped kibble. Maybe a better idea would be the Super Feeder as it works with a roller and baffle system creating permanent motion inside the unit to prevent jammed food problems common in other feeders. This way help to prevent this special shaped kibble from getting jammed into the machine of other feeders.

      I hope I could help you with my answer and thanks again for your question!

  3. Lilian says:

    Thanks for your quick answer Lorena!

    Maybe I can break the pieces so they are more like a square. Would that be a solution?
    (because the Super Feeder is to expensive, unfortunately)

    Another question, which feeder would you recommend?
    Because the most important thing of my potentional feeder is that he is reliable but not to expensive. I will put the feeder on a table, so the rabbits aren’t able to damage or hack it. So he doesn’t have to be very solid.

    Sorry for all the asking, it’s just that I don’t know which one would be the best..

  4. Lilian says:

    (like the catmate c3000?)

  5. Skylar says:

    Hi, I need to ask because I recently bought this but it’s giving me so many problems. I used new batteries on the first day I got it, and the next day, the batteries were flat. So, I went to the store and demand for a change. So they did. Then I used it with new batteries again and it’s still the same problem every now and then. Sometimes it lasts for 3 days but sometimes just 1. Are there specific batteries I need to use? I just don’t understand. I checked online and no one else seems to have this problem.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Skylar, the unit you got it came defective from factory so you should get a new unit as replacement using the Warranty of this product which last for one year. You have to use 3 D batteries that should last up to 5 or 6 months.

      Good luck!

  6. gary says:

    Has anybody run across a intermittent feeder? I just recently decided to use this unit for my puppy to find out that it did not work according to the instructions.. Let me say first that I ran it for a day and a half before leaving and no problems. I did have cameras and did not see any activity from the pup at the bowl. I had scheduled a friend to come by 2X a day and sure enough the unit did not function properly. Glad I had backup. Tested the unit again with new program it worked for 2x and then stopped dispensing again. Ready to drop kick this unit. Any suggestions? Or is the drop kick the best option? I was using Meririck puppy food.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello gary, before assuming you may have gotten a defective unit, I need to mention some points about this feeder (more details in my review) that may help you to discover why your feeder is jumping meals:

      1. When programming the unit for first time, you have to expect the first meal to be served first, not the next meal of the current time you are at. For example, if you program the feeder at 3 pm your time, and setup the feeder to dispense at 8 am, 4 pm and 8 pm, the feeder won’t dispense the second meal that day at 4 pm, but next day at 8 am and so on.
      2. If you use old batteries or rechargeable instead alkaline new ones, the feeder may jump some meals
      3. You have certain ranges of time to setup breakfast, lunch and dinner, for example:
      1 meal = lunch between 11 am and 6 pm.
      2 meals = breakfast & dinner. Breakfast between 6 am and 10 am; lunch from 11 am to 5 pm.
      3 meals = breakfast, lunch & dinner. Breakfast from 6 am to 10 am; lunch 11 am to 5 pm & dinner between 6 pm and 10 pm.

      As you see, you can’t program the feeder only for breakfast or only for dinner, unless you use a trick which is introducing a fake time when programming the clock of the feeder.

      Check all these points to see if you have not done one of these. Let me know!

  7. gary says:

    Hello Lorena,
    Thanks for the prompt reply. I went thru the set up 2X more times with the same outcome. I decided to use a power supply for the feeder instead of the batteries. I got the exactly the same results. One thing I did notice is that the feeder lost 1 minute per hour of operation on the clock. Final results it lost all automatic feedings after a day and a half. The up button serve option still works so there is no jamming of the feeder just seems to have a internal clock issue.
    Gary

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Gary, if you tried all these steps and still got the same result, then you got a unit with a defective timer. Get a full refund or replace it.

  8. Tina says:

    Hi,

    I seem to be having an issue with my feeder where it seems to glitch out at the scheduled feeding time and reset itself completely to have no dispensing times and setting the clock back to 12:00am.

    I have re-programmed it several times to be present at dispensing (to make sure my cats aren’t just being greedy) and it just keeps resetting.

    Could you please provide any advice to try troubleshoot this issue?

    Many thanks,
    Tina

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Tina, make sure to check the following steps:

      1. When programming the feeder the first meal to be served will be the first one, no matter what time it is. For example, if you program the feeder at 2 pm your time, and program the feeder to dispense the first meal at 7 am, the second at 3 pm and the third 9 pm, the feeder won’t dispense the second meal that day at 3 pm, but next day at 7 am and so on.
      2. If you use old batteries or rechargeable instead alkaline new ones, the feeder may lose the programming.
      3. You have certain ranges of time to setup breakfast, lunch and dinner, for example:
      To Feed One meal = lunch between 11 am and 6 pm.
      To Feed Two meals = breakfast & dinner. Breakfast between 6 am and 10 am; lunch from 11 am to 5 pm.
      To Feed Three meals = breakfast, lunch & dinner. Breakfast from 6 am to 10 am; lunch 11 am to 5 pm & dinner between 6 pm and 10 pm.

      As you can see, you can’t program the feeder only to dispense breakfast before 11 am or only for dinner after 6. Those the the programming range of times.

      I hope that helps.