Reliable Automatic Portion Control Cat Feeder
Finding a good, reliable automatic cat feeder these days can
be quite a nightmare! You spend your hard-earned money on
supposedly good feeding machines, but they fail to perform
You experience the all-too-common issues such as hugely
inconsistent portion control, inferior construction, grossly
inaccurate timer, etc.
So long story short, just by chance, I came across this
automatic portion control cat feeder. The machine is pretty
funky looking and it’s manufactured by a company called
Portion Control Feeder for Cats
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I felt somewhat skeptical at first because number one…it
doesn’t look like your typical pet feeding machine, and number
two…I’ve never heard of Super-Feed before, and I don’t like the
Anyway, at the time I had some extra cash to splash thanks
to my freelance gigs, thus I decided to splurge some of that
dough for my loveable, yet insanely annoying cats. Besides,
reviews of this machine were overwhelmingly positive so I
reckoned, “what the heck, I’d give it a shot!”
Okay first up, I have to give my thumbs up to the feeder’s
capacity which is pretty generous. How generous? Around 24 cups
per refill and that is equivalent to 1.8 gallons! Such a big
capacity is ideal for a lazy person like me because I don’t
have to constantly reload the hopper with dry cat kibbles.
With the CSF-3XL’s sizeable capacity, you’d probably need to do
the refill like once every few weeks. Say for example, you set
the feeder to automatically dispense half a cup of kibbles
twice a day. So that’s one cup per day, and the machine can
supply up to 24 cups.
This means a kibble reload is in order every 24 days. Isn’t
that insanely convenient? What’s even more convenient is the
feeder’s portion control function.
It’s quite consistent in doling out the amount of dry food
calibrated by the user for each cycle. Although I’ve noticed
sometimes it does give out slightly more/less food per feeding
Portion accuracy is not a hundred percent spot-on I’m
afraid, but darn near close enough. As pointed out by the
manufacturer with the silly name, this machine can’t absolutely
guarantee totally precise distribution of food.
For your info, the shapes and sizes of kibbles will affect
the machine’s portion control accuracy. The manufacturer claims
that the portion control cat feeder works exceptionally well
with round or square-shaped kibbles, and I find that to be the
My cats love the “Go!” brand dry cat food and the CSF-3XL
feeder’s portion distribution is pretty accurate with this
particular brand. I think it helps that the Go! kibbles are
This feeder can be calibrated to dispense near any amount of
portion you want for up to 24 hours. Maximum number of feed
cycles is 48 per day with intervals at every half an hour.
For me, 48 feeding cycles per day is totally overkill, but
other users might find that amount of cycles useful, especially
for cats with special needs. Case in point, my friend Deb has a
cat that requires about 9 small feedings per day.
So she configured the machine to dole out 1/8 cup of kibbles
every 3 hours. As for me, I set it up to dispense 3 cycles a
day and at half a cup per feed. The 48 feeding cycles is made
possible because the feeder comes with a decent quality indoor
analog timer (see picture below).
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The timer has a useful red LED light so you’ll know whether
it’s on or off. It’s programmable and gives you the ability to
configure that massive number of feeding cycles every 24 hours.
Now I gotta say…the CSF-3XL automatic portion control cat
feeder isn’t exactly beginner-friendly.
I’m not saying the thing is super difficult to set up,
but the initial portion adjustment takes getting used to. It’s
not something that you can take out of the box, and within a
couple minutes you’re able to figure out how the portion
control works. I found the portion control feature a bit tricky
to calibrate in the beginning.
Also a little assembly is required before you can set it up.
Don’t worry the assembling process is simple. Assembling
instructions are included so just follow along. However, as
mentioned above, the portion control configuration is pretty
To tell you the truth, it took me roughly 20 minutes to
figure out how to get the desired portion for each feeding
cycle. God only knows how many times I had to keep pressing the
reset button and fiddling with the feed dial in order to obtain
the portion I wanted.
Good news is you can find a URL on the cover of the user
manual which provides access to an easy-to-follow video
tutorial that teaches you how to properly calibrate the portion
control function. The video helped immensely!
Even better news…The portion control adjustment is a
one-time thing. You just set it once and then forget about
it…unless of course, you accidentally hit the reset button or
you switch to a different kibble size.
By the way, kibble size and the length of time the machine’s
chute remains open are the two determining factors of the
CSF-3XL’s portion control feature. If the chute stays open for
exactly one minute, that equals to approximately a cup of
So from a portion distribution standpoint, the machine is
super flexible and highly reliable. The construction is
exceptional too. Not many portion control feeder for cats
possess such heavy-duty build.
This machine in particular is constructed of various metal
parts as well as highly durable plastic materials.
The machine is also highly secured, which means even the
most devious food obsessed cats will not easily be able to
break into it. Also, you may purchase an optional protective
chute cover for that extra security.
From my experience, the cover isn’t necessary because the
feeder is way too tough to break, and mind you, my cats are
very obsessed with the GO! brand dry cat food.
Two things I dislike about this auto dispenser. One: it
can’t be operated with batteries so if there’s a power outage
in your area, then your cat is screwed! No food for the poor
thing until the power comes back.
Fortunately, you don’t have to keep readjusting the feeding
cycle/portion every time a power outage occurs. Feed cycles and
portion amount that you calibrated earlier will resume when
power is restored.
The CSF-3XL dispenser comes with a 6-foot cord AC adapter
which is a low voltage one to ensure your pet’s safety.Two: The
portion control feature could be more user-friendly.
Like I mentioned earlier, the proper calibration took me
around 20 minutes to figure out. I wish the feature wasn’t so
tricky to set up first time around.
All told, I’d highly recommend this portion control cat
feeder. The price tag is a little on the high-ish side, but
it’s totally well worth the money because it’s reliable, works
great, and the exceptionally sturdy construction means this
unit will hold up for plenty of years. No point buying a 40
dollar feeder that fails within 6 to 12 months.