The machine works well and is reasonably easy to set up. However my skittish cat is having a difficult time adjusting to it. I followed the instructions to acclimate my shy cat and took a lot of time with it. He was fine until it closed when his brother got too close and it was back to square one. Unfortunately it seems every time he is getting used to it, his brother comes to investigate and it closes. It has been over two weeks now and he generally only uses it when I am standing by it. Still, it works well and I am hopeful he will eventually get used to it.
We bought two for our three cats. One is on prescription food and the other 2 are on regular food and are sharing one. I just programmed enough food for both of them. If I need to slim them down more, I may have to buy a third. I started on closed mode, but use them both on open mode now because the door opening kind of freaked out my cats. They’re now eating out of them, but they were
reluctant at first.
I was excited for these because my cats are smart enough to figure out all of the other feeders I’ve tried. With one kitty who wants to eat constantly and another who lets her steal her food, this was exactly what I needed. The Problem: one unit works great just like it should; the other unit messes up multiple times a day with the alarm going off every time, waking me up, having to get up and go reset it sometimes multiple times in a row before it stops doing it (the same issue that Gracie is having, my cats are indoor only and my place is only 1700 SF, that should not be an issue in this space-has to be a defect because only one unit does it). Not what I expected at this price. If only they both worked instead of one. I have mobility issues and problems sleeping. This was supposed to help with that. The way it has turned out, it’s starting to make me worse and I’m beginning to think the stress of having to separate them might be easier on me even though it’s not on them.
It’s great when it works!! We get an error message that pops up about twice a week. Once we reset it everything is great. Just kinda defeats the purpose for having it.
I would give it 5 stars, except for two things. Firstly the size of the PFC TAG is huge for a cat, or small dog. Secondly, not being able to replace the battery in the Tag is also less than ideal. Other than that, it is a very fuss-free and easy way to provide the correct food and amount for your pet's health, and great for multiple animals. The motor is a little loud when on a hard surface, but putting a rug underneath it will mute the sound and make it more tolerable.
Excellent training device!
We have two little food purloiners who are in need of this discipline.
Hoping to be able to gain control of their weight.
The video showed one feeder for two pets with two tags. Wrong!! And you have to pay for the second tag. I felt dipped but I worked it out.
Great solution for a hungry cat who needs restricted meals (i.e. can't be free fed or will get fat!) but also lives with other animals who would try to steal their food.
I've had my feeder for about a month and am very happy with it. It was easy to set-up, and only took my cautious cat about a week to get used to it (didn't help I was also transitioning her from wet food to kibble). I love that it allows her multiple meals a day and brings me peace of mind - I can leave for the weekend and not worry about feeding her. My only wish is that it was able to recognize her microchip so she didn't have to wear the chunky collar attachment. I know the technology exists for other feeders (not automatic feeding though) so am looking forward to the development.
It measures out correct amount of food. I’m on the road a lot, so now I know she’s getting fed.
The portion pro is a great machine. Just not having much luck getting my finicky eater to try it out.
We became a 2 dog house a few months ago. Our older dog has chronic pancreatitis and is on a special diet. She was eating the puppy food, gaining weight, and vomiting often. We purchased the portion pro for the puppy's food. We keep it in open mode and have the tag on the older dog set to "denied", so she can't eat his food. It has worked great for that. A few things I wish were better. The tags are pricey, when the battery dies you have to buy a new tag. When I take the dish out to clean it a little food falls from the feeder, and if it get stuck it's hard to put the dish back. If you have a larger dog/puppy that grazes all day, there is no sensor in the feeder to detect leftover food. So the portion amount tires to be dispensed, and then the feeder will kpeep because the shoot is backed up, and continues to beep until you clear it. Another thing is when you try to clear the feeding shoot if you're finger is there too long the door shuts on you. But overall it has worked for us. My older dog is losing weight, and having fewer flares which was my hope to spend $175 on this versus another 2k on vet bills for a pancreatic flare up. This feeder has the best reviews of any other automatic feeder we found.
These are great and worth the cost. I am trying to get one cat to lose weight and the other to maintain. The feeders make sure that each cat is eating only their food. I can’t recommend these enough.
There are very few products on the market like this, currently. This was the only feeder I found that dispenses food at intervals, and has a door that shuts. This was also the only solution for my overweight cat who gets 3/4 cup of dry food per day, split into many small meals, without me having to be the one to do it 6 times a day. There is another product I found that allows the cat to eat a certain amount, then the door shuts on them. This is not what I wanted, so I bought the PortionPro. In a sense, it's perfect for what I was looking for and needed for my multi-cat household.
The downsides, which I hope are tweaked in the future:
- the tag is gigantic. I'm sure it looks fine on a dog, but it's ridiculous on a cat. I've been told by the company that it cannot be made smaller.
- the feeder is gigantic. Again, I'm sure it's perfect for dogs, but in my opinion they should have made a model better suited for cats and sold two different models.
- the dish is ceramic. The huge tag clangs on the ceramic dish and keeps me awake since the cats eat across the hall. I took the company's advice and taped the tag onto my cats collar which is hideous, but is working.
- the dispenser and door are VERY loud. I had this feeder next to the cats wet food and water, and it would open and close every time he went to eat wet or drink. I eventually had to relocate it to a different area, which is not ideal. I prefer microchip feeders over RFID apparently, because they do not open from many feet away.
- the sound of the door opening and closing and the food dispensing sometimes wakes me up, but I am a light sleeper.
- the battery in the tag only lasts for a year. so the cost doesn't end at the huge purchase price. it's essentially $20 a year.
Even with all of the little issues that I have, it's still saving my sanity because I do not have to remember to give him dry food every 4 hours myself, and if we are gone for the night, he will still get food at intervals instead of all at once. Also, I think getting a small meal at 2:30am and 6:30am has helped the daily crying for food at 5am situation. Definitely a great invention!
(photo shows his SureFeed microchip tag for his wet food dish, and the big grey thing next to it with the black electrical tape is the PortionPro tag)
I have two cats on two separate prescription diets. Both on portion control because both are overweight. Works like a charm!!!
Although a little noisier than expected, works exactly how I'd hope. Free feeder pup gets to eat when he wants and the fatty pup can't access any extra food.
Your product is very impressive. Each of my Shepard’s have learned better eating habits and have lost weight. Highly recommend.
Thanks for having this technology available to my obese cat.
There’s nothing else to help him stop stealing food from his two step sisters.
We purchased this because this is exactly what I've been looking for. It's a little pricey but overall worth it for our sanity. Our special cat who's on a special diet is a gobbler and loves eating the other cat's food. We bought it to let our other cat eat in peace and so we could go on vacation.
Thankfully, a company finally gave us what I've been looking for. the cat who uses this food bowl took to it very quickly which was a plus. Only experience that irked me was coming back from our 3 day vacation. I found both collars off. (My 2 boys like to play hard) open collar was next to food bowl..and I dont know how much my special diet cat ate the other food.
We bought 2 PortionPros for our 3 cat household because one of our kitties was turning in to a fat cat. We have a female (fat cat), an older male who was under weight, and a kitten. Fat cat would eat the kitten food and hog the regular food from our male cat. We purchased two feeders, one for the kitten food and one for the regular food. We put the sensor only on fat cat and have the regular food feeder on a portion schedule and have the kitten food feeder closed to fat cat. The older male and kitten can eat freely from both. As a result, fat cat has trimmed down after only a couple months and our male has been able to gain some weight (as he often eats from the kitten food). It wasn’t hard to set up if you follow directions. The only criticism I have is the noise when the door opens and closes (as it does often when fat cat walks by the kitten food feeder), which is somewhat loud. We have gotten used to it over time but an improvement in the mechanics to make that quieter would be good.
We purchased 2 feeders for our 2 cats approximately one month ago. We could not be happier with them. One of our cats had a habit of eating his brothers food, and had put on a bit of weight. We are happy to report, the feeders with the collars, are keeping our over eater on track to getting back in shape, in fact he's already lost about two pounds. It only took them a couple days to be completely used to using there own personal feeder. Also an added bonus, they no longer wake me up at 4am begging for food 😁. So now I am getting better sleep as well. These truly are a life saver.
Placed the order. It was NOT clear that a matching tag was not included with the feeding dish.
I don't write reviews often but this product deserves one from our family. The issue was that our 9-year old male cat has kidney issues and is on a special diet--the food we get him actually increases appetite, which is fine as he is thin. Our other kitty, a 4-year old, had gotten fat from eating too much of the kidney diet food. I tried to feed them different kibbles but it was impossible. Further, the fat cat will sit and eat a ton when the bowl is full. The old cat likes to nibble all day--but the fat cat was eating all the food. So cat feeding was stressful and there was lots of begging and trying to get one cat to eat less and one to eat more, etc.
I had seen auto feeders but I knew that the fat cat would just push the old cat out of the way and eat his food. So that this system closes the feeding dish when the wrong cat approaches it is genius. It works perfectly for us and we've had it for a few months.
This is what we did--we bought two feeders, put one in kitchen and one in dining room and put them both on the Open bowl mode. So each cat can eat out of his/her bowl whenever they please. But, if fat cat goes to eat old cat's food, the dish closes. We were worried that the 10 seconds to close time would mean fat cat could eat a good amount but it happens when the wrong cat is within a few feet of the feeder so that she doesn't even get a chance before the lid closes. Putting the feeders far away from each other and on Open mode were the tricks for us. We have no more begging for food, they don't paw at our faces at 5 am for feedings, and they are each getting their separate kibble--Kidney rX and weightloss. We never have to feed them or worry about it. The only small issue we've had is that our older cat spends a lot of time at his water bowl and we had his collar too loose so the chip thing stopped working. We ordered another one and tightened his collar and it's fine now. Yes, they are expensive, but for our family they are worth their weight in ...
While skeptical at first, I’m sold! I have two obese cats that spend their whole day trying to find and steal food. Three cats need diet food and two need GI sensitive. It took about two weeks to acclimate everyone to new Portion Pro feeders and locations, but everyone is more peaceful and starting to shed some weight where needed. Buying five feeders was a huge investment I kept putting off, but am now glad I made the jump. Husband is happy to not be pestered an hour before feeding time every morning.
This was perfect for my shy cat to get her food uninterrupted and stopped my dog from getting into her food constantly.
I ordered replacement tags since the batteries had died in the old ones. They arrived very quickly.