Automatic Pet Feeder 3.8L Feeder with Smart WiFi App Portion Control
After forgetting to top up my cats' dry food. I decided it was time for a little help. A little help as in a cat feeder, I looked at a few and chose the Kalado Automatic Cat Feeder Remotely Controlled 2.4G Wi-Fi. I like the fact it is remotely controlled, I can set times for the food to drop, so I will never forget to fill their bowl. I usually don't but it gets pretty low and the bowl I was using was rather deep, so they didn't like the whiskers being smushed lol. This looked like it would be perfect for both of them. And to be able to set up to 10 meals a day is fantastic, I can spread out the amount I would usually put, so I can control how much they eat and help them maintain their weight, although the girls can use a little weight loss, I hope this is going to help. And to boot, it also has an infrared low-food alert, wow!! I didn't know about that.
Assembly was easy, I had to sign up through the app, had that setup, and everything is working, tested it a few times, and works great. I thought I would try using batteries to see how well it runs, well I think my batteries although new, are not strong enough, I don't know. It kept losing connection to the Wi-Fi but I am blaming the batteries. So I needed to buy new batteries, the feeder runs with three D batteries, and I decided not to take a chance at the batteries draining and not realizing it. Testing with it plugged in works out great, the girls stared at the feeder wondering why it is making that noise. They will get used to it, as they did with their water fountain. I tested it for about a week, it was great, I had to adjust how much was being dropped, so it was easy to get a schedule going. I am curious where I could buy more of the gel packs that fit this feeder? I hope that doesn't become an issue.
After watching the feeder for about a week as mentioned. I noticed that when the bowl began to get a bit full, the food would pile up toward the top back and start to make a mess (see photo), so now I make sure it is not absolutely full to avoid the mess. The girls instantly accepted the feeder and they are no longer startled by the sound. This is indeed the best decision I made. I would recommend keeping an eye on the freshness of the food in the container and replacing the gel pack when necessary, hence why I am curious about where to find more of the gel packs that will fit this feeder. Overall, we all love it. The price for this at the time of this posting is $99.99. I hope this review has helped you, if it has let me know by selecting the Helpful button.
I gave three stars because it works fine once it's finally setup, but I shouldn't have to dig out a 10-year old Wi-Fi router to make it work. I first tried connecting it to a newer 802.11g/n router. It would initially connect, but then the feeder would drop the connection after about 10 seconds. Next I tried using an older 802.11b/g router and then it connected and worked just fine. So, assuming it's using 802.11b, which would make sense being one of the cheapest types of Wi-Fi chips that could be used. It actually worked out ok because I wanted to separate this device away from my primary devices anyway.
As for the smartphone app, it's works fine. You do have to sign up for an account on their system; some kind of IoT / smart home gateway app called "Osaio" for android. From there, you can setup and customize a feeding schedule. It's pretty flexible on the time slots (down to the minute) for each weekday, and "1" up to "20" on the portion sizes that it puts out. You'll need four D cell batteries to power the battery backup. The feeding tray is removable to cleaning and so far I haven't ran into any jams problems with it after a few weeks of testing. I am using smaller sized kibble, but the lid claims it supports up to 20mm.
Kalado Automatic Cat Feeder, Remotely Controlled 2.4G Wi-Fi Pet Feeder, Customized Meals for Cats and Dogs, Up to 10 Meals a Day, Clog-Free Design, Dry-Locked Container, Infrared Low-Food Alert
Easy app set-up
Runs on military time for schedule set-up
Test portion sizes before set up at the portion sizes are quite small
If doing a larger amount of portions the bowl can accrue the portions into one spot which can cause the food to spill onto the plastic portion instead of keeping it in the metal bowl
Personally have it set on 5g Wifi in our home with zero issues
The app is very easy to use. You can press the feeding button and it will pour out food manually on a schedule. Only bad thing is I can’t figure out how to do the slow feeding option. There’s a mode on the app but I can’t change it. It doesn’t feel cheap and it’s easy to clean.
This is awesome! It is easy to program and you can set the time/amount easily. It is well made and very sturdy. It's easy to load and clean. I love it for my older guy who is on a bit of a strict feeding schedule. It's tamper proof, so he can't get into it when he shouldn't.