In our multi-cat household, managing the dietary requirements of four cats can sometimes be challenging even though they all eat a majority raw food diet.
Charlie eats a 100% strict raw food diet, avoiding the proteins that he is allergic to or that aggravate his IBD condition. Ava requires additional moisture in her raw food to avoid frequent UTIs and eats no dry food. Max can tolerate and eat pretty much what he likes (and would if we let him), but we restrict him to a raw food diet and a few occasional treats. Amber is a fussy eater who’ll turn up her nose at a raw food protein that she loved and happily ate the day before. Whilst she eats a 90-95% raw food diet she also enjoys a few freeze-dried or grain-free biscuit treats before bedtime.
Amber is also a notoriously slow eater. Mealtimes go like this. Amber will sniff her food, lick it, eat a mouthful then look up and survey the room (keeping one eye on Max, our resident ‘food thief’) before eating a little more, and on it goes. On average she takes 3-4 times longer than the other three cats to eat her meal. We make mealtimes work by separating the cats and by supervising them closely to make sure no kitty (okay, I mean Max) steals anyone else’s food. We had Amber in mind when we were invited to trial and review the SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder.
How it Works
Based on innovative microchip technology, the SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder works very simply by recognising the microchip or collar tag of the pet that it has been programmed for and only opens when they approach the feeder. Once they move away from the feeder, the lid automatically closes preventing other cats (or dogs) from trying to get their greedy paws on the food inside.
In our house, this means that Amber can continue to eat the grain-free biscuits that she enjoys but without us having to worry that Charlie or Ava will eat a food that will exacerbate their health conditions. At the same time, Max can’t steal her food. It’s a win-win situation all around.
Set Up & Training
The SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder comes with a couple of bowls (one is divided so would be suitable for both wet and dry food), an identifier collar tag that you can use if your cat isn’t microchipped, four 1.5V C batteries, and an easy to follow user manual.
Setting up the SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder was simple, pressing the ‘Add Pet’ button at the back of the feeder it took only a few minutes to get curious Amber to place her head under the microchip reading sensor located in the hoop at the front of the feeder and move towards the biscuits we’d placed in the bowl.
With her chip registered, Amber now has 24/7 access to the microchip feeder and the other cats in the house can’t access it. Amber thinks she’s pretty special now that she has the ‘magic password’.
With cats and anything new there’s always an adjustment period – the trick is to proceed slowly and take your time. Initially, Amber was a little cautious about the battery-operation noise that the lid makes on opening and closing. We followed the helpful training tricks included in the user manual, which show you how to control the position of the lid (there are three stages of lid closure) to help your cat gradually get used to it, and didn’t proceed to the next step until she was fully comfortable with the degree of lid movement at each stage.
You can also control the timing of the lid closure after your cat has finished eating. A slower lid closure is ideal if your cat is a little nervous about the noise once they step away from the feeder. Or, if you have a greedy ‘food thief’ in the house who is looking for ‘seconds’ you can set the lid close delay to the shortest possible timing, which is what we’ve done.
Why We Love the SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder
There are many benefits to using this microchip controlled pet feeder including:
- The lid seals the food securely keeping it fresher longer and minimising smell. If you feed your cat stinky smelling wet food [which they always love], this will help stop the smell wafting through your house.
- No more flies or other insects after your cat’s food, which is ideal if you live in a climate like ours where summers are hot and humid.
- Every kitty eats his or her own food. Cats on special diets or with health conditions can’t eat a food that isn’t good for them, and food stealing becomes a thing of the past.
We’ve been using the feeder now for just over three weeks and Amber is extremely comfortable with it. Any initial caution or nervousness she had has been overcome with training and of course, her love of biscuits. We love this product; it’s a great idea for multi-cat households and purrfect for feeding cats with different dietary requirements.
WIN a SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder
Thanks to our friends at SureFlap, Pawesome Cats readers can enter to win their own SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder, valued at AUD$199.90. Enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below.
Congratulations to Glenn in Australia, winner of the SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder.
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DISCLOSURE: We received a SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder and a small fee from SureFlap in exchange for our honest review of this product. Our opinions and reviews of products and services are never influenced by monetary or other compensation we may receive. We only recommend products and services that we personally love and support.