PETLY Automatic Pet Feeder Review
It has a number of accolades, including the Red Dot Design Award for Product Design 2016, and a spot in the ‘JIDA (Japanese Industrial Designers’ Association) Design Museum Selection Vol. 17′.
This eco-friendly, modern, Japanese-designed-and-made product is beneficial for your pet as it eliminates overeating, helps maintain a healthy weight, and/or keeps dog or cat on track with their weight loss program.
This unit is incredibly simple to use and program by merely turning the dial. It features a flip up handle for easy carrying and portability, and looks great anywhere in your home thanks to its minimal, modern design. This unit only works with batteries, however, which eliminates the use of cords that your pet may be tempted to chew on. While some may see batteries as an inconvenience, the PETLY remedies this by including a LED indicator that lights up at least a week before the battery runs out, giving the user ample time to acquire a replacement battery.
Features of the PETLY
This PETLY has a capacity of about 2.2 lbs of dry food and schedule up to four feeding times per day. Additionally, exact portions to be dispensed at each feeding time can be individually chosen; each portion measures to 5 grams, and the user has the option to dispense up to 50 grams each time.
The exact amounts may differ depending on the size of the kibble (the suggested size is about 3/5′ as anything larger may cause jamming) so it is advised that the user does a feeding test to see exactly how much comes out, and then to adjust from there.
Other features that the PETLY cat feeder has includes a lid that prevents the smell of the pet food from leaking out, a 24 hour clock for precise and mistake-free programming, and a strong body built from durable ABS plastic that weighs a mere 6 lbs. It is made in and shipped from Japan in limited quantities, and is available with a one year warranty.
How the PETLY Works
Programming the unit is easy because of the dial. With just a turn to choose either feeding time or portion, and a push to select an option, your schedule is set. The user is able to program up to four feeding times per day, with a minimum of 30 minute intervals in between; these feeding times are repeated every 24 hours. The unit also features a button which the user can press to dispense food in between intervals, in case your pet needs to be fed outside of their schedule.
Food is dropped into the feeding tray at the set times, so the only thing the user has to make sure of is that the tray is out. The tray can be pushed into the unit to make moving the unit to another area in your home easier, so it is wise to immediately pull the tray out once you’re happy with the feeder’s location. The tray is also removable for easy cleaning.
The unit requires four D Alkaline batteries that are supposed to last approximately 6 months with regular use. The user won’t have to worry about the batteries suddenly dying, however, because the unit comes with an indicator light that will very clearly express that new batteries are required at least a week before the unit stops functioning.
Pros and cons of the Petly Pet Food Feeder
Its not the cheapest unit on the market but Its a great option for pet owners who need to feed their pets on a schedule, or pet owners who cannot be home throughout the day and want to make sure their pets don’t overeat/eat enough. It’s simple design works with every home, and the dial eliminates confusion during setup.