Overall good product. My cat eats 3/4 cups a day, which after trial and error I figured out was 12 portions. Even though there are a few problems, it's still worth using the product and I would buy it again. Programming is easy once you read the instructions thoroughly. I took off 1 star for 3 reasons:
1) The blue light is really bright, like hurts my eyes bright, and I feel like it's unnecessary. It could be dimmer or not there at all until there's a warning. The solid blue just means everything is working well, which could also be said by no light at all.
2) The bowl is shallow and food gets blocked up the shute easily. I originally tried dispensing my cat's full-day meal (12 portions, or 3/4 cups) all at once and quickly realized it was too much. It would work better if the bowl was deeper/the shute was positioned higher to allow the food to pile rather than sit in one layer as it slides down. So I had to adjust by splitting the meal into 2 and feeding my cat twice a day, which is fine since I'm not actually feeding him, but it was something I had to adjust. Even doing 8 portions at night now I've still seen it not dispense the last portion due to too much food in the bowl, even though I can just push the food down with my finger and there's still a lot of space left. Not sure if anyone else has this problem, but maybe it's something they can redesign in their next model.
3) I set the program up on a Friday but did a manual feed on the first day, and the feeder worked fine. Then the next Friday it skipped his feeding, so I reprogrammed it. Don't know if that fixed the problem, but the next Friday after that it worked fine again and it hasn't missed any feedings since. That just lessened its reliability in my eyes.