Pet Feedster USA PF-10 CAT – Full Review

Pet Feedster USA PF-10 CAT

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Pet Feedster USA PF-10 CAT, is the improved version of the Pet Feedster Pet Feeder specially designed to feed your mischievous cat.

If you are looking for a cat proof feeder you must pay special attention to the chute. The Pet Feedster CAT features an added chute protector to prevent your cat from getting extra meals, you don’t have to worry if your cat has the feeder “figured out”, by pulling kibble out with its paws; he/she simply won’t be able to be a kibble theft.

The unit also features a refined Flex-Feeder to make it more suitable to dispense cat kibble size. The patented Flex-Feeder is a internal piece that rotates and dispenses the food into the tray.

The Flex-Feeder piece can be adjusted to the kibble size your cat eats, from 1/8” up to 3/4” diameter. The feeder can be programmed to dispense from 1 up to 5 meals per day, each meal from 1 teaspoon up to 6 cups of food at a time, depending on the kibble size. The unit allows you to adjust the meal size individually, for example, big breakfast and small lunches.

The feeder does not lose the programming when unplugged, power outages or when changing batteries.

If your cat is allergic to plastic you can change the bowl and replace it. See a video here how a customer is using a ceramic dish instead the bowl.

 

FEATURES

  • With a special chute to prevent those paws from getting extra meals
  • Refined Flex-Feeder special to dispense cat food
  • Ability to dispense a full range of food sizes, shapes, and types – even most moist kibbles – from 1/8” to 3/4” (No canned food)

    Pet Feedster PF-10 CAT

  • Ability to dispense from 1 up to 5 meals p/day.
  • Range of meal size from 1 teaspoon up to 6 cups dry food at a time, depending on kibble size.
  • 10 lbs hopper capacity
  • Meals sizes can be programmed individually (e.g. big breakfast and small dinner)
  • With digital timer for accurate feeding time
  • Backlit LCD screen when pressing a button for easy reading.
  • It runs on AC/DC power or 6 x D size batteries (alkaline last up to 6 months).
  • It can be powered with both AC/DC Adapter and batteries simultaneously as backup in case of power outages.
  • No need to re-program. It retains all the programming if unplugged, power outages or changing batteries. If you unplug it without using batteries, you only need to reprogram the clock.
  • Removable and dishwasher safe food bowl
  • Made from durable ABS material ensures toughness and impact resistance
  • Hopper has a little vertical shaped window to check food level
  • Ant-proof, with removable water tray at the bottom of the unit to protect food from ants and other bugs.
  • Dimensions: 13.75” W x 15” D x 17” H
  • Dimensions with bowl attached: 13.75” W x 18.5” D x 17” H
  • Weight: 9.5 lbs
  • 1 year manufacturer’s limited warranty for any mechanical or electrical issues.

 

WHAT YOU WILL GET WITH THE PET FEEDSTER USA PF-10 CAT:

1 x Main Body
1 x Removable water tray
1 x Lid
1 x food dish
1 x chute attachment with 2 screws
1 x Flex-Feeder
1 x AC power adapter
1 x Owner’s manual

 

HOW IT WORKS

The Pet Feedster features a design that prevents jamming and kibble break-downs. The key is the patented Flex-Feeder auger which design and rotating does not allow the food to get stuck. This piece is adjustable to the size of the kibble and it dispenses any shape of dry food.

You can see exactly how the technology works here:

 

 

AND WATCH MY CAT EATING FROM THE PET FEEDSTER 🙂

 

 

HOW TO PROGRAM THE UNIT

The programming is based in 2 steps: determining how much food you want your cat to eat at each meal and how many times you want your cat(s) to eat per day and the feeding schedule. Learn more about how to assemble and program the unit with easy steps.

 

HOW DOES THE POWER BACKUP SYSTEM WORK?

You can use a AC/DC adapter plugged into a 110 Volt outlet or you can run the unit on 6 D size batteries.

Cat and Pet Feedster

Cat and Pet Feedster

When using only AC/DC adapter, if a power outage occurs the unit will retain all the programming (internal timer) but of course it won’t dispense food during that time without batteries. If you unplug the unit and the feeder doesn’t have backup batteries you only need to reprogram the clock.

If you use the battery backup and a power outage happens, as the Pet Feedster can run on both AC/DC adapter and batteries simultaneously, you’ll have peace of mind your pet will always be fed. If the electricity fails, the batteries take over and ensures your cat meal time.

The AC/DC adapter runs in a safe low voltage current, being also energy efficient. The unit’s power cord is UL listed and it’s 68” long.

 

SIZE AND TYPE OF FOOD THE PET FEEDSTER ACCEPTS

Pet Feedster Flex-Feeder

Pet Feedster Flex-Feeder

The Pet Feedster for cats handles kibble from 1/8” to 3/4” diameter size and kibble shapes like triangle, flower, stars, rounded spherical, flat, etc. To get the best accuracy with irregular shaped kibble simply adjust the Flex Feeder to a little wider size than the kibble’s.

When using irregular shaped kibble you may notice the amount of food on each meal may vary a little bit. This usually happens when programming the feeder with very little amount of kibble at a time, but know that the total amount of food dispensed on the end of the day will be the same; the motor turns only so many times, so if you notice some kibble on breakfast are missing, they’ll be dispensed in next meal.

 

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF THE PET FEEDSTER FOR CATS?

 

PROS

  • Reliability. It gives you peace of mind while at work, on trips or if you want to recover those missing morning sleeps at 5 am.
  • No jamming.
  • Cat-proof. With special chute to prevent kibble theft and designed to keep away the cat’s paws.
  • Power backup system that runs on both AC/DC adapter and batteries at the same time, ensuring the operation if power outages up to 6 months with new alkaline batteries.
  • Refined auger (Flex-Feeder) designed to feed a large range of cat food shapes, types and sizes.
  • Portions sizes can be customized individually with accuracy, preventing over-feedings.
  • Ability to dispense from 1 teaspoon up to 6 cups of food at a time, depending on size kibble.
  • Digital timer gives accuracy to meal times
  • Good capacity of 10 lbs dry food
  • Easy to read in darkness with backlit LCD screen when pushing a button
  • Capacity to retains all the programming if unplugged, you don’t need to re-program. If unplugged with no batteries you only need to reprogram the clock.
  • Removable food bowl allows you to place a stainless steel bowl if your cat is allergic.
  • Ant-proof, it features a reservoir case or moat underneath the unit to protect the food.
  • It can be used indoor or outdoor
  • Stable and big unit, not easy to tip it over (a “Con” if not enough room for it)
  • Hopper is not transparent, which helps cats not to get anxious looking at the food.
  • Big food bowl suitable for two cats to eat comfortably
  • Quiet operation in comparison to other automatic feeders
  • Most parts can be replaced
  • Very good customer support

CONS

  • Programming is not intuitive, you have to adjust the meal sizes but you’ll do it only once in the beginning.
  • Due to its design, the lid is not airtight
  • The price is not low
  • Instructions to program the feeder are not 100% clear but this YouTube video makes it easier.
  • The unit has a large footprint, this is an disadvantage if you don’t have enough room.

 

TIPS

  • Use water and vinegar on the bottom tray to keep ants away.
  • If living in a hot humid climate, open the hopper and stir the food once in a while. Also, if your food clumps due to humidity, adjust the Flex-Feeder to a wider size and reduce the number of seconds for each meal.
  • If want the feeder outside and you have raccoons in the area, strap the unit down to prevent them from opening it or knocking it over.

 

CONCLUSION

The Pet Feedster CAT is the adapted version of the Pet Feedster Automatic Pet Feeder, made specially to feed cats. The unit features an improved Flex-Feeder auger to make it more accurate and durable, preventing it from breaking after a year or so of constant use. This newest version has a better accuracy in dispensing portions for cat food and a more refined “spindly” Flex-Feeder.

 

BOTTOM LINE: √ I highly recommend Pet Feedster PF-10 CAT and especially to:

  • Food addicted cats
  • Mischievous cats (the “locksmith” type :-))
  • Overweight cats that need to go on a strict diet
  • Cat owners that want the best accuracy in portions
  • Feeding schedules up to 5 times a day
  • Cats that need to eat a small total amount of food distributed in several small portions, up to 5.
  • Busy cat owners or frequent travelers that need a reliable unit
  • Cats that wake you up at 4 or 5 am everyday for breakfast
  • If you want a unit with battery backup in case of power outages

 

x I don’t recommend the unit:

  • If you want a cheaper feeder for 2 cats that don’t need a strict accuracy in portions or several meals a day.

 

 

 

 

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