Every now and then I leave my Jack Russell at home alone for the day while I go out and earn a living to afford the things I see on OzBargain. Sure, a $60 branded tablet is pretty good value, but when your habit grows to one a week, it really starts to add up. Add a $100 Chinese dual-sim smartphone once a month and over time the budget starts to feel the pinch.
Other days, when I know I'll be home late after driving halfway across Victoria to my "click and collect" order on a clearance item from a regional Dick Smith, I worry that my boy won't be fed on time.
I don't want him to miss out on his breakfast because I am despondent, refusing to get out of bed after missing out on a time-critical deal after wasting valuable seconds backtracking, closing browser windows and starting again via Cash Rewards to get an extra 4%. You know?
I've been looking for a automatic pet feeder for the furry-child for a little while, and they all seem over-priced or they are the cheap "hopper" style dispensers. I want a trapdoor style feeder where I can put strategically timed rawhide treats or similar as opposed to just dry kibble.
PetSafe has ~40% off on Amazon at the moment, and thier pet feeders have 1267 reviews averaging 4/5 Stars (~half of which are 5 Star). Some of the negative reviews say that some animals have brute-forced it open so YMMV.
They are powered on a singe AA Eneloop (2-Day Feeder) or 4 x D Eneloops (5-Day Feeder)
~$40 AUD shipped is small price to pay to alleviate my guilt, hopefully it helps some other time-poor/overly-pet-motherly OzBargainers.
For reference, these feeders are usually AUD $52/$86 + $8 shipping direct from PetSafe or $52/$88 +$10 shipping from Ebay.
Note: Responsible pet ownership means spending adequate time with your pet. Automatic pet-feeders are no substitute for this, but may come in handy from time to time.