Petmate® Le Bistro Portion Control Pet Feeder
DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT!!! CHECK THE REVIEWS
I purchased a Le Bistro automatic feeder Model #24240, approximately a year and a half ago. We used it for a one week vacation stint, and it worked fine. When we got back, I cleaned it out, took the batteries out and put it back in the box and put it in the garage. We are going vacation for one week. I got the box down, put new batteries in it, filled it with food and the thin plastic "flywheel" fins, inside the hopper, fell right out. They are broken!.....after storage????? I babied this product, and it literally fell apart. The part is not replaceable. I can take the unit apart, and design my own "fix", although not many people are capable of doing that. JUST DONT BUY IT IN THE FIRST PLACE!
June 7, 2014
I should have believed the reviews but you know the saying, "seeing is believing". this thing worked for maybe a few days at best. Batteries don't last. Never measured out the two cups from day one. It kept limping along and now...maybe 30 days later...it just doesn't work at all; however, if you set the timer without food in it...the wheel gadget does turn. Sadly, i can't find my receipt. Trust reviews.
February 15, 2014
not worth the money
I have 3 dogs and I bought 3 of these and I went away for 3 days. I filled them up just in case I didn't make it home. When I returned home one of them was completely empty, one was half full and the other was full. My dogs were starving when I got home.
December 5, 2013
I purchased this feeder a few years ago. There were a few idiosyncrasies that I had to iron out before it would work well for me.
When I first purchased this I was going through batteries like crazy and couldn’t figure out why. It took me about 2 years to realize that if you fill the hopper only half way to 2/3s full, it puts less stress on the motor and the batteries last for months.
Do not expect it to deliver the exact portions that the settings describe. Depending on the size of food, different quantities will be dispensed. It will deliver approximately the same amount every day though, and with a little expermentation you can figure out what quantities work best.
Occasionally the feeder gets jammed and I rely on my cats to let me know when this happens (they come bug me if they haven’t had enough food). This usually happens because I have filled the hopper too full (again use the half full to 2/3s full policy).
The cats also figured out how to reach their paws up the dispensing tunnel and claw at the plastic flywheel to get a few pieces of food out at a time. Over time, they completely clawed off a couple of the little flywheel tabs, causing the portion sizes of food to be unpredictable. I had to take the unit apart and refurbish this part myself with a new flywheel which I constructed myself out of similar plastic. They seem to have eased off on their habit of raiding the food dispenser, so hopefully this wheel will last longer.
It’s nice to have the clear hopper to be able to clearly see when it needs to be refilled.
The one thing I wish this feeder had was an option to dispense to 2 bowls. The only reason I have continued with this feeder for this long is my chubby cat waits patiently while my slim cat takes her fill before he moves in for what’s left.
Overall, the dispenser does what I need it to do on a daily basis, which is to automatically dispense a similar quantity of food at a prescribed time. It is generally reliable now that I know the machine’s limits and I have left my cats for a couple of days at a time with this.
June 24, 2013