PetSafe Healthy Pet™ Simply Feed Automatic Feeder
What We Like
- Large Food Capacity: 24 cups (5.6 liters)
- Up to as much as 12 meals per days.
- Slow Feed mode for pets that vomit from eating to fast.
- Conveyor mechanism to avoid food getting stuck while dispensing.
- Sturdy build to make it near impossible for your cat to reach the food.
What We Don´t Like
- No Batteries included (needed to use the unit out of the box).
- No way to feed more than 1 pet out of the box.
- Some customers find the user interface hard to understand and use.
- A bit pricey for some.
4.5 / 5
The Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder is our pick as the top automatic feeder for your pet. It's built better and is more solid than the competition with a latch mechanism to open the hopper, making it near impossible for your pet to reach the food. The unique conveyor mechanism makes sure that the food doesn't get stuck while dispensing and the scheduling functionality makes sure it is dispensed precisely on time for your cat´s meal. The price might also be a premium compared to the competition, but we believe it is well worth it, but for you and your furry companion(s).
Have you ever been woken up by your cat during the night or early mornings with their insistent meows for food? If so, you are not alone. Cats and humans have different schedules, both when it comes to activity and meal time, and they don't always go hand in hand. This feeder will also put your mind at ease for when you are away, knowing that your cat will be fed like usual.
Why You Should Buy An Automatic Feeder
If you have the money, an automatic feeder provides you with an easy way to make sure your cat is fed the correct amount of food on a consistent schedule. This makes sure your cat doesn´t have to wake you up in the middle of the night to ask for food, and it makes your cat less stressed about if he or she will have access to food as it gets used to the schedule you have set up.
Why You Should Buy The PetSafe Automatic Feeder
We think the PetSafe Automatic Feeder is the best choice for anyone who wants to get an automatic feeder, it´s better than the competition in almost all areas and as such, we think it´s well worth the extra money. It´s built in a solid sturdy way making it very difficult for your cat to tip it over, which is a common problem for the other automatic feeders. If you have a dog as well, it might be able to tip it over if your dog is big and strong enough. Then you would be wise to place something heavy surrounding it to make it even harder to move for your pet.
The conveyor belt mechanism ensures that the food does not get stuck when dispensing. A problem that is known to happen with the competitors.
Set and edit your schedule and other options on the input panel on the unit.The level of control and customizability the feeder gives you is quite impressive. As seen in the image above, it has an LCD display and an input panel consisting of physical buttons to interact with the settings. The controls include directional navigation buttons to navigate the menu, a Set Time button, a Slow Feed Button, an Immediate Feed button as well as a Pause Feed button. The navigation and setup are not completely intuitive so you may want to consult the product manual to get acquainted with the controls.
The Slow Feed Button allows you to dispenses the scheduled meal over a 15 minute period, which is useful if your cat usually eats too fast and throws up after being fed. Immediate Feed does what you expect it to, and dispenses the next meal in the schedule right away, and after that goes back to following the normal schedule. It even has a safety mechanism that ensures that two meals cannot be dispensed consecutively using Immediate Feed, but instead you have to wait until the scheduled meal-after-next is dispensed. This may, however, be an inconvenience if you were using the dispenser to feed two cats and for some reason needed two meals quickly.
You can choose a 12 hour or 24-hour format for your schedule. Setting the feeder to a 12-hour format will make it use the American cup measurements for the meals, whereas the 24-hour format sets the feeder to use milliliters (ml).
The feeder has 3 settings. Cat (default setting), dog (default setting) and user defined (signified by the text "usr" when setting up the feeder). If you use the user mode, you can customize the size of the meals, how many meals and at what times you want them dispensed, giving you full control.The default settings, in contrast, are programmed for the nutritional needs of an adult dog and an adult cat. It gives you two, 2 cup (473 ml) meals per day for dogs and two, 1/4 cup (59 ml) for cats.The hopper is translucent allowing you to control quickly whether you need to refill it. The capacity of the hopper is 24 cups or 5.6liters and it can schedule up to 12 meals per day should you want more frequent and small meals for your cat.
The Competition And The Differences
PetSafe Automatic Feeder
PYRUS Automatic Feeder
PETAMO Automatic Pet Feeder
24 Cups or 5.6 liters
Highly Customizeable, 4 programs, up to 12 meals per day can be scheduled.
For cats, yes, some dogs may be able to tip it over though.
Cat can sometimes access food
Cat can sometimes access food
When comparing the PetSafe Automatic Feeder to the competition the difference in quality and features are even more evident. As seen in the table above we can see that it has the most food capacity (although only by 60 ml on the PYRUS automatic feeder). It's built quality and difficulty to access food or tip over is superior to the competition. It also jams up less than the other feeders. Customers of the competitors also mention that their cat is able to reach the food using their paw.
There are not too many downsides to the PetSafe Automatic Feeder, but a small one is that the batteries required to power the unit do not come with the unit. You can, however, choose to buy a power adapter as an accessory. If you don't feel like spending the extra money to not be dependent on batteries, it does not matter too much as the power usage is low due to the fact that the feeder "hibernates" when it's not feeding, as such it has a long battery life (the manual says 1 year). Using batteries in the unit will of course also ensure that your cat gets their meals in the event of a power loss in your home.
As mentioned in the usability section, the button interface and controlling the unit is not as intuitive as it could be, but you should be fine if you consult the product manual that comes with the unit. It should also be noted customers have complained that the bowl that comes with the unit is a bit flimsy/light, so you might prefer using your own bowl instead.
There are no out of the box solution to feed more than one cat at a time (other than scheduling two meals in close succession or manually dividing a bigger meal. Precision 3D Prints have made a custom chute however, that should work for feeding two cats at the same time.
When you sum it up we believe that the "The Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder" (that is quite a mouth full, isn't it?) is in our opinion the best automatic feeder on the market. There are more economic options for those who are on a smaller budget, such as the PYRUS Automatic Feeder, but if you can afford it, the PetSafe Automatic Feeder is the way to go. We are certain you will not regret it!
Accessories for The Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder
In terms of official accessories you can buy, we mentioned that PetSafe sells an AC Power Adapter for just over $20 to use with your unit if you don't want to rely on batteries. In addition to that, there is also the aforementioned custom chute to divide one meal into two bowls at the same time.
Two-Way Splitter Adapter for PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder by Precision 3D Prints. *This is not an official PetSafe product or accessory.
PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Power Adapter