The HoneyGuaridan A25 automatic pet feeder is very versatile and highly customizable. It’s also simple to set up and perfect for cat owners who are in search of a reliable model that will feed their furry friends on time throughout the day. With a wide range of serving size options this machine is perfect for multi-cat homes.
A25 Automatic Pet Feeder Rundown and Features
Users can adjust the serving size portion ranging from 1/3 up to four cups per feeding. The food hopper can hold up to three pounds of food.
Located on the base of the device you’ll find the power switch. Some users reported that the machine can be pretty loud when dispensing food, however, this is fairly common with most models.
Setup is pretty easy, just choose the feeding frequency and serving size.
One fun feature is the feeding announcement, which is meant to alert your pets that food is coming their way. If left on the factory setting your cats will hear a message recorded in Chinese, however, you can choose to record your own personal message instead. Unfortunately, there’s really no way to deactivate this feature. Instead, you’re only able to adjust the volume from level one up to level ten. While this is a great feature, we wish there was a way to disable it for those early morning or late night feedings.
Pet owners who live in a multi-cat home are probably familiar with a common stomach issue many cats have. If your cat or cats tend to scarf down their food once it’s placed in front of them, they probably have an ongoing issue of regurgitating their food. This type of stomach upset can be avoided by utilizing the feeding frequency setting and upping it to six smaller feedings. So, if you have cats in your home that have eyes that are bigger than their stomachs, offering them more frequent feedings with smaller portion sizes will definitely cut down on this issue.
To power the feeder you’ll need to use three D batteries. You’ll need to reset the clock every time you put in fresh batteries, however the feeding schedule remains the same.
Setting the clock is easy, just hold the clock button down until a green light starts flashing. This clock runs on a twenty-four hour cycle, so be sure you’re picking the correct feeding times.
To change the feeding alert message you’ll want to press the microphone button and you’ll hear a beep which prompts you to begin your message. Once you’ve recorded your message release the button. You can play your message back by pressing the speaker button. The machine also allows you to re-record your messages as many times as you want.
To set the feeding times, hold down the power button until the green light flashes. Next, you’ll press the cogwheel button to choose the feeding slots you want. Each feeding is numbered from one to six. Once you’ve chosen a slot will begin blinking, prompting you to press the bowl button.
Once you have chosen how much kibble your cat needs per feeding, you’ll need to press the clock button and select the exact time you want the food dispensed. Keep in mind, you can set up to six meals a day.
Next to every feed slot you’ll find a lock symbol. When the lock is open this means your pet will be fed at that time, so when the lock is closed that means your pet will not be fed.
For some pet owners, determining how many “feeds” or serving sizes to choose per feeding can be a little tricky, so we’ll break it down for you.
This model works with feeds that go from one to ninety-nine. Users can set a different number for every time slot on the feed schedule. A feed roughly equals about four grams. Ninety-nine feeds will equal almost four hundred grams.
If you want to manually feed your cat, you can hold down the enter button and it will dispense a single feed off schedule.
Automatic Cat Feeder Pros and Cons
Pros: While for some, this feeder came with too many buttons, we found the unit very easy to setup. The six feeding times, and the wide range of serving size options were both huge selling points for consumers.
Cons: A common complaint for this model is the recorded message. In the middle of the night, even when the volume is lowered to one, some buyers still felt that the noise was a little startling. The inability to deactivate this feature was a big drawback for some. However, there is a way to get around this issue. If you absolutely don’t want to use the prerecorded message, simply press the microphone button and place your hand over the speaker. You’ll only have to do this for a few seconds before releasing the button. Now, when the recorded message turns on, you’ll only hear a faint trace of static.
We also wish this was a corded model instead of solely battery powered. The machine also doesn’t come equipped with a low battery alert. We recommend putting fresh batteries into the machine prior to going on vacation in order to ensure the device has enough juice to last until you’re back home.
The food hopper only holds up to three pounds of food, which means you’ll need to fill it more often. This smaller size can be an issue if you have more than one cat in the home, or you’re planning on a long trip.
If you’re searching for an automatic pet feeder with a larger food hopper capacity, we recommend the Arf Pets automatic pet feeder which is also highly adjustable and offered at a comparable price.
A25 Automatic Cat Feeder Conclusion and Rating
The HoneyGuaridan A25 pet feeder is reasonably priced and can add a ton of convenience to your home. The serving size and feeding frequency options allows you to choose the right amount and time to feed your cats. This model is also a great choice for multi-cat homes. Cat owners who purchased this feeder gave it a rating of four out of five stars.
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