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PetSafe Electronic Pet Feeder; 2-Day $31.69USD, 5-Day $42.18USD Shipped @ Amazon

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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 digress…

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.

Love, Tafe

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.

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  • +28 votes

    My dog would destroy that thing as soon as I turned my back. Looks like a good deal if your dog is old or disabled or something.

    • +5 votes

      My puppy would eat that thing and whatever is in it the moment I look away. Speak of the devil, I have to go pry the rug out of her jaws now

    • +1 vote

      'old or disabled or something'

      Hahah

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      Yep my Husky would eat that whether she thought it had food inside or not.

      • +1 vote

        Too soon for Husky jokes?

        • +2 votes

          Keep it nice please. Is is Alsakan too much?

    • +4 votes

      My smart cat would figure out how to program the 5-day one by lunchtime on the first day, and my dumb cat would happily help her eat 5 days worth of food in one afternoon. They'd be faux-frantic with faux-anxiety at their faux-starvation by the following morning. So yeah, nah, I wouldn't leave cats alone with it for 5 days either.

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        Tried something like this for my dog. She ate the whole lot in 1 sitting.

        The goldfish version is much better. It drops a bit every day rather than open the flood gates for a buffet.

      • +5 votes

        The Samoan's cat from across the road always comes to scab food off me and if I don't give him any he sh*ts in my backyard and doesn't bury it. Its like he's running a protection racket or something.

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        Faux-starvation… Hahahahahaha yep, my cats have mastered this one too.

  • +77 votes

    Need one of these for myself to stop me snacking at work throughout the day…..

  • +9 votes

    ~$40 AUD shipped is small price to pay to alleviate my guilt, hopefully it helps some other time-poor/overly-pet-motherly OzBargainers.

    Hopefully Ozbargainers aren't cruel enough to leave their pets unattended for 5 days…

    • +1 vote

      I agree… Especially dogs - I imagine that there are some cats who wouldn't give two hoots if left alone though!

      • +5 votes

        Cats are slutz, they just work each poor bastard with a sad face to get a feed…

    • +1 vote

      I do, but i have a months supply worth of biscuits and bones in the yard so they wont go hungry…
      Either that or have a friend throw a kangaroos tail over the fence every 3 days. I am rural now, so for a mate to do this dress ve out and back to my joint is a 1hr round trip.
      Bought two! Thanks OP!! My dogs Ruv you!

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      Id see it more useful when you're not home at a time when they should be fed. EG, you get home really late or such for their dinner, but are there in the mornings.

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        Id see it more useful when you're not home at a time when they should be fed

        You shouldn't be feeding your dog at exactly the same time each evening, it can lead to anxiety… I just feed mine when I get home…

        • +1 vote

          After OZB check or before?

        • +1 vote

          During, surely you dont let things like living get in the way of ozbargaining.

          You must also chuckle at the obvious bargain you got on purchasing their food.

    • +1 vote

      In my experience that very much depends on the breed and training … some dogs are fine left to theoir own devices. Others go to pieces.

  • +17 votes

    upvoted for the description

    • +3 votes

      +1

      • +36 votes

        Please don't steal Christmas again.

    • +3 votes
      • +from me as well for the descriptions
    • -4 votes

      From the voting guidelines:

      Please refrain from voting deals that are not good deals but have a funny picture, good description or any other element that is not related to the deal itself.

      • +11 votes

        Please refrain from voting deals that are not good deals…

        This is a good deal :)

        • +12 votes

          Up voted just to piss you off!

      • +3 votes

        Up vote for the description 'cos I live the thug life.

        • +2 votes

          Dayum son you holdin it down right thurr

  • +3 votes

    Don't really need - but +1 for the OTT write-up!

  • +6 votes

    I've been looking for a automatic pet feeder for the furry-child for a little while

    Do they work for non-furry children? School holidays are coming up…

  • +1 vote

    Didn't mention BPA free.

  • +8 votes

    why i am reading it in the "The Checkout - Guilty Mum" voice?

  • +1 vote

    TL:DR too long DID read… +Plus for the description:)

  • +2 votes

    We need a deal on any of the Drinkwell pet fountains please :)

    • +2 votes

      Here you go: 50% off

      • +1 vote

        I should have looked closer myself but thank you kindly for giving me the heads up. With shipping to my address its AU$48, down from ~AU$61 previously. I hope my cats like it

        • +2 votes

          We have one, one of our cats loved it but she died. The other two drink out of the bath and shower and only sometimes the regular bowl, wouldn't touch the fountain, so we stopped using it because it was too annoying to clean for how much it was used.

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        "For use in the US only"

        Does the carbon filter not pass health standards elsewhere?

        • +1 vote

          Poops :(
          Probably the power supply.
          I'd prefer one that only activates when it senses that an animal is near…don't need the constant tinkle of water through the house.

          And why is it that my cat, even though we replace the water in her bowl daily, seems to only ever drink from either a running tap…or from the shower basin???

    • +1 vote

      The standard one tafe linked to above is OK but this 'Platinum' version is far far better: http://www.amazon.com/Drinkwell-Platinum-Pet-Fountain-168oz/...

      Only AU$75.70 delivered via the link above which is a great price as these currently sell for $130 in PetBarn. I purchased two of these over 10 years ago for just under $200 each and they have been the best accessory we've ever purchased for our two cats. They're still going strong however one is used 24/7 and the small pump has just started to sound a little tired lately. The cats are still going strong too ;) The large tank on the back keeps the bowl full for a couple of weeks in the middle of Summer through to about 4 weeks during the cooler months. Can't recommend these enough!

      • +1 vote

        how does it go with AUS 240v versus US 110v? is it universal? Can you just swap in an aussie plug figure 8 cord? or do you need a voltage converter.

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          Ah yes, good question salem. I was asked which power supply I required when I originally bought mine so got the AU pin pattern with both. Not sure when buying through the above Amazon links if that will be confirmed before it's shipped so yes that's something that will need to be checked. The power supplies output 12V AC (not DC as per most other devices) at a tiny 200mA and I doubt the ones supplied with the units from the US will be able to handle 240V input so yeah they will be kinda useless even with a basic pin adaptor. You can buy generic plugpack power supplies locally that will do the job however they are all around the $20 mark which unfortunately takes the shine off the savings :( Still cheaper than Petbarn by a good $30 though :)

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    D batteries are a bummer but the 5 Dayer looks great.

    Anyone have these Eneloop D spacers?

    http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-BQ-BS1E4SA-Eneloop-Spacers-R...

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    Surely you could just put out more than one days worth of dry food at a time if you wanted to? If your pet eats it he has enough calories to last for a day without food - which would be far more natural than being fed regularly anyway. And if he doesn't eat it all the first day then he can eat it later.

    • +8 votes

      You obviously don't have a dog or have a well trained dog. I, like a majority of OzBargainers here would be able to vouch that if a weeks worth of dog food is available to their dog, it would all be gone in one sitting.

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        On the plus side they can go a week without eating and survive.

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        that if a weeks worth of dog food is available to their dog, it would all be gone in one sitting.

        What isn't eaten that first day will get eaten by the Indian Myna birds…

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          My dog caught one last week and ate it!! Lil f{}kers

    • +1 vote

      Probably for the same reason you don't eat triple size meals for breakfast then not eat until the next day. Lots of pets won't regulate the amount they eat at one sitting

  • -1 vote

    This one is cheaper:
    http://www.amazon.com/KONG-Classic-Dog-Toy-Large/dp/B0002AR0...

    No it won't feed your pet for 5 days, but neither will the other one which will be used in a similar manner. Your pet will accept your challenge to get into the other compartments by destroying the feeder.

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    If they have them (and types compatible with Australian microchips) I can thoroughly recommend the microchip triggered pet flaps. No collar required and only your pets can get in.

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    I've had the 5 slot feeder for a few years now.
    You can set it to multiple times a day. There's basically 5 timers so you can set 5 different meals.

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    Might be good for me. I have a small dog who isn't overly worried about food, but sometimes I am away overnight and want him to get some food before I return.

    In any case I do not think dogs need to eat everyday anyway. Mine is too fat.

  • +6 votes

    When I'm away I just ozbargain a delivery hero coupon and insert: "throw over the fence" in the delivery instructions.

  • +6 votes

    Picked up one for my mother in law

    • +2 votes

      Set it to one meal every 5 days..

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        Ah, a true scavenger