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80% Recommend this product (24 of 30 responses)
By Sable
works good enough
April 27, 2017
Works great, my only disappointment is the food tray moves out of place with many feedings. The lid is a bit difficult to remove and replace.
By Lindsay
Glendale, Ca
June 20, 2015
I tried two of these and they were both defective. It doesn't dispense enough food when it activates.You can never tell if if it worked or not. Food would trickle out randomly. It caused way more of a headache than what it's worth. 100% defective product.
By Alan
Rancho Mirage,CA
Nice unit seems well built,easy to programArrived well boxed
June 14, 2014
arrived well boxed,easy to put together,easy to program
  • meals come down on time,everything seems to work fine
  • meal discharge opening allows clever cat to put paw up to the next meal compartment to release most of it,resulting in next meal amounting to very little.
  • my cat now spends all of her waking hours playing a "meal release game" to see how much she can get out of the unit beyond her normal meal.
By jon
Great concept, not perfect.
August 31, 2013
I can say that the whole idea behind automatic pet food feeders is a welcome platform. The idea of controlling the amounts and times our pets will be fed is very attractive and welcome. The only problem I've encountered is my petmate auto-feeder is not consistent enough. I got it for my cat and I feed her Blue dry cat food which is fairly small bits. My understanding is this feeder works with 1/2" size food bits at a much more consistent as far as its ability to completely drop the predetermined amount into the food dish. Mine does some of the time, others it will drop part of the predetermined amount into the food dish and either the rest hasn't completely emptied into the food dish, where you need to shake the feeder to get the rest to drop. Or not enough was picked up by the rotating wheel inside the main portion of the feeder. And it also seems that every third feeding never comes out at all unless you shake the feeder. When it happens on the early morning feedings(reason I got it) my cat will come let me know.
  • pros: if your not home for a couple days your pet will get fed.
  • cons: just not consistent enough for my taste.
By Mike
Petmate le Bistro portion Control Automatic Pet Feeder
July 5, 2013
Unit looks well designed and works well.
  • Only problem is Constructing a "Raccoon proof" box to enclose the unit. no problem with the unit itself.
By Susie
Petmate Le Bistro Portion Control Automatic Pet feeder 5#
February 8, 2013
I have been having trouble with the feeder getting the food stuck in the pinwheel. So it has been intermeditely working.
  • That you don't have to be home for them to get fed.
  • That the food get stuck.
By David
Young Harris, GA
Too much food
January 30, 2013
this item can't be reset to drop just once a day after being set up to drop three times a day. I tried to remove the batteries to reset.After a month in service it started droping three times too much food per serving with the lowest drop setting.
  • It dispenses food three times a day and on time.
  • After a month LaBistro started droping too much food per serving.
  • No way to stop the three servings per day after set up.
By Curtiss M.
Flagstaff, AZ
Raccoons love it.
January 16, 2013
Raccoons love it. I duct taped it closed & wired it down and they still got into it. Programming instructions should be molded into the unit.
  • Convenience when we're out of town.
  • Lack of instructions on the unit.
By Katherine
Lubbock, TX
Best Price
December 26, 2012
PetGuys had the BEST price on this item of all the places I shopped on the web. Good product. It feeds on time and the right amount. It didn't take my dogs anytime at all to get used to it. I got one for each dog so they didn't fight over the food. Works reliably well and we are more than satisfied with this product.
  • Reliable
  • Portion control has many options
  • Holds a lot of food
By Ted
Seattle, WA
Petmate LeBistor Portion control
November 17, 2012
This feeder does not control the portions as expected. It worked for a few days then started putting 4 to 6 times the programmed amount.
  • I like having a self feeder but need one that gives an accurate amount of food. It would probably be OK if your animal doesn't overeat as mine do.
  • Giving more food than programmed - up to 6 times as much.
By Mel
Camarillo, CA
2 cat household
October 25, 2012
As a working Cat mom this has made my life easier. I don't have to rush home from work to feed my babies. So far it's working out, it dispenses the correct amount of food i programmed at the right time. The only negative so far is that it doesn't come with an AC adapter, but it does have the option of adding one. Not sure how long the D batteries will last I put in it.
By Theresa
Petmate Le Bistro Portion Control Automatic Feeder 5#
October 23, 2012
I really like this feeder & my cat likes it too!
By Laura
New York
So far so good
August 12, 2012
We've only had the Petmate Le Bistro for about two weeks and we got this so we could go on vacation and our cat would have food (we also got an automatic water bowl) It worked well when we went away and she seemed confused by the noise it made at first, but took to it quickly. It always feeds her at the right time that we programmed. It does feed her too much food though, but she doesn't eat it all and seems to stop eating when she's full. Overall we are very happy so far and hope it will last for at least a few years. I do think the top feeder shouldn't be clear though because sometimes she tries to paw up at the food she sees.
By Annie
Nice helper
July 29, 2012
This items is great to help out busy cat owners who want to be sure "Cuddles" eats on a regular schedule, even if the owner is not (or traveling for that matter). Very easy to program with the ability to vary feeding amounts and times up to three times a day.
  • Easy to use.
  • It seems the smallest food setting (1/4 cup) isn't always released fully from the hopper and a slight jiggle of the device releases it. Perhaps it is not a heavy enough portion for the particular food I have in there.
By Glinda
Kingsport, Tn
Petmate Le Bistro
July 20, 2012
I like it. It was easy to put together and it does dispense the food properly
  • The convenience
  • There is documentation about a ac adapter but no way to order it.
By M
Definitely a good addition to our home.
July 11, 2012
Overall, I love this product. The pros definitely make up for the cons.
  • I like the fact that my pet is fed the same amount at the same time everyday and with this product being battery operated, I do not have to worry power outages if I am not at home.
  • The only thing I don't llike is that periodically it will drop a few pieces a food while she eating and it scares her. After this happens she is very skittish and doesn't eat after it drops. It takes her a while to get up the courage to try it again.
By Meg
May 6, 2012
I only wish I would have gotten these 10 years ago when we first got our cats! So easy - no problem if we're late getting home in the evening, and no begging cats on weekend mornings!
  • Easy to set up, and works flawlessly.
  • It would be nice if it dispensed an amount one step below 1/4 cup.
By Julie
Just okay
March 24, 2012
The product does the job, but it does not come without a few quirks and the overall quality of the product was less than I hoped for. If you are in a situation where you need this product to manage your pets while you are away from home, it is useable, but it could be made better for the price you pay.
  • It allows multiple daily feeding settings to be programmed. It also allows the feeding quantity to be set which is great.
  • Quality of material was poor. Dome that holds pet food is cheap plastic. Plastic lid does nto secure very tightly to the unit. When my cat rubs against the machine, it jiggles food loose so she gets more food than her diet allows.
By Devona
No better than a large open container of food
March 12, 2012
I bought two of these bowls to feed my 2 cats while on vacation for a week. I'm glad I tested them out before just leaving my cats alone. Both feeders dispense way more food than the settings. And then one of them would go off earlier or later than the set time. I ended up using the bowls while on vacation. It was better than leaving the cats with no food at all. But I didn't feel confident about them. Unfortunately I had no choice.
  • Dispenses incorrect amount of food at wrong times.
By Dawn
Sonoma ca
Petmate le bistro
February 15, 2012
I love my pet feeder and so does my dog,if it stopped working tomorrow I would buy a new one!!!!
By kitty l.
Smyrna, Georgia
Great Product
January 24, 2012
I have an eighteen pound cat who has broken 2 other feeders so I was doubtful about this feeders ability to withstand his assaults. I can fully endorse this product as it has withstood his numerous attempts to break into it. Programming the unit was easy and cleaning is quick and simple.
  • Durable, easy to program.
By Cyndi
Concord, VA
Love it but....
January 21, 2012
I wish it had more options of times for feeding.
By Bob
Wilmington, NC
Auto Pet Feeder
January 17, 2012
Great item. Cat still wakes me up in the morning, but now it's to say thank you.
  • EZ setup, quantity settings.
By Roberta S.
Casper, Wyoming
Petmate Le Bistro control feeder
December 7, 2011
Iam sending this back as it doesn't put out the feed as it should or it puts out twice what is scheduled to do. This doesn't deserve a rateing.
  • At least it puts out feed even if it is way too much.
  • IT isn't consistent with what is scheduled. My cat is on a reduced diet and it puts out sooooooo much even on the smallest setting.
By April
Jacksonville, FL
Life Saver
November 14, 2011
seems to work just fine. My cats were not afraid to eat from it at all. Have to go out of town for a few days and i will feel better about leaving because i know they will have food on the normal schedule
By Linda
Bankston, Alabama
Petmate Le Bistro Portion Control Automatic Pet Feeder 5#
October 6, 2011
Feeder was easy to set up. Very sturdy. Had a raccoon try to get into it the other night...couldn't get it opened. Although it did try to run away with it, to no avail. ;-}
  • The heavy duty plastic container lid twists and secures well. The bottom of the machine is heavy duty as well.
  • The raccoon could reach its paw into where the food comes out, and get a little bit at a time. Maybe the release of the food needs to be closed more (like a gumball machine)
By Kelly
Melbourne, FL
Been using these for years!
September 15, 2011
My cat used to wake me up every morning to eat. I purchased an older version of this a few years ago and absolutely love it! Unfortunately they only last a couple if years, but it's worth buying a new one. The new version is much easier to program, and the detachable bowl is a nice change. I'm also glad you can now get the accessory to plug it in. I just wish it came with it! Unfortunately our male cat has figured out that if he sticks his paw up in the hole he can steal food. Overall, this is a great product!
  • Programming options
  • Food portioning
  • Removable bowl
  • Wish it still was available in black
  • Sometimes goes off when it's not supposed to
By Susan
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wonderful Item
September 8, 2011
I think this makes life easier. Three times a day my dogs get the food they need. All I have to do is watch and when it gets low refill it. It works great.
By April
Baldwin, WI.
great product
September 6, 2011
I love this product the ONLY reason I did not give it a 5 star rating is because if you leave for the weekend and you take your dog with you you have to go through the whole series of breakfast lunch and dinner to turn it off it would be better if there was simply an on/off switch for it but over all it is a great effective product. My dog is very little though and as such she is still very weary of it quite frankly shes afraid of it because it's so much bigger then she is but once she realizes that it has dropped her food she does eat it.
  • timer and amount dropped work wonderful and if I CAN'T MAKE IT HOME TO FEED MY DOG i DON'T HAVE TO WORRY
  • No on/off button for when you go away and take your dog with you
By Carolyn
Midlothian, Texas
Love This Automatic Feeder!
August 5, 2011
We needed this feeder pronto, and it arrived in time for our short vacation. We had it set for 3 meals per day, and it went off with a hitch, with the neighbors checking. That sound when it dispenses, has her come running. We love it and use it for everyday use.
  • 3 automatic feeding times
  • Not a thing! It is great!

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