We have nearly had our second cat for two years now and while we have adjusted to having another cat in the household really well, one thing we hadn’t quite mastered was the feeding of two cats.
Our cats have very different personalities and sadly they don’t get on (and perhaps never will). One thing they differ on in particular is how they like to eat. Our overweight male cat (who we are desperately trying to slim down) is very greedy and will polish off his meal in record speed. Our tiny female cat likes to eat a little bit and then come back to it, which leaves it unguarded and too tempting for our tubby male cat to resist. He would quite often eat all of his food and then bully her away from her meal and gobble up her food too if we’re not around to stop him. The situation was getting out of hand and it was not helping our male cat to lose weight. We needed a solution.
After doing some research online, we came across the Surefeed – Microchip Pet Feeder and decided to give it a go.
What is it?
The Surefeed – Microchip Pet Feeder is a feeder that is activated by your cats microchip and it cannot be opened by any other cats. It has tiny sensors on the hoop around the feeder, which opens the lid revealing the food when activated. The unit was super easy to add our cats microchip to. I thought we’d need to dig up all the relevant documentation and find out our cats chip number to program into it, but the feeder just remembers the microchip automatically. If your cat isn’t microchipped, it does come with a collar that can be activated the same way as a microchip would.
The feeder has a training mode to ease your cat into using it. We didn’t need this mode as our furry girl isn’t shy and took to the feeder really quickly. She did need a little coaxing initially, but now she understands it’s safe and is comfortable with what it does. We can’t keep her away from it now, she keeps going over to see if food has magically reappeared in it.
It comes with two bowls to put in it, one has a splitter in the middle (so you can put wet food in one side and dry food in the other), the other bowl has no splitter. We use the bowl without the splitter, because currently we just feed our cats a dry food diet. They sometimes get wet food as a treat. I’m glad we have the other bowl in case we ever do decide to feed a wet and dry diet, it is nice to have options.
The bowls are easy to get in and out of the unit and are hand washable.
You get a silicone mat for your cats paws to go on too. You can buy coloured mats separately (I guess this would be for decoration or to identify a particular feeder if you have more than one). The bowls are available to purchase separately too, if you would like more than the two included.
Not going to lie, it is rather pricey, but it was our last resort. I don’t think we’d have bought it if it wasn’t absolutely necessary, everything else we had tried had failed. We decided if it worked then it was going to be worth the expense. We paid £69.99, which makes my eye twitch a little to think about.
Was it a success?
Yes! I’m pleased to say that it has been a success and I think our cat loves it. She gets peace of mind that her food will still be there if she chooses to leave any. We get peace of mind that our other cat isn’t eating more than he needs to. It’s been a simple solution to a tricky problem. It’s a really cool design and works so well, I just wish we’d gotten one sooner. I think the price tag was off putting, but at the end of the day you can’t put a price on your cats health and happiness. It is making such a difference to both our cats lives and I think it was well worth it. No longer are we stressing about their meal times and I’m thankful that this exists. I highly recommend it for anyone that has a similar situation.
What do you think of the Surefeed – Microchip Pet Feeder? Do you have one? Will you get one? Let me know.