REVIEW – Someone once told me that one of Murphy’s laws states that there is a direct proportion between the value of a rug and the probability that a cat will vomit on it. My cat is a vomit machine, but I love him anyway. Her vet recommends small meals throughout the day, which is where PetLibro’s Granary Pet Food Vending Machine comes in.
What is that?
The PetLibro Granary Automatic Feeder is a programmable system for small animals that dispenses up to six servings of feed each day.
- Capacity of 3 liters of croquettes
- LED display
- Scheduled feeding up to 6 times a day
- Backup battery using three D batteries (not included)
- Voice recording function
- 5 volt USB-C adapter, 110-240VAC input
- 80mA working current
- Size: 28 Ã 19 Ã 19cm / 11 Ã 7.5 Ã 7.5inch
- Weight: 1.5 kg / 3.3 lbs
- 0 Â° – 55 Â° C / 32 Â° – 131 Â° F operating temperature
What’s in the box?
- Automatic animal feeder
- Removable food bowl with stand
- AC adapter
- USB-C power cable
- Desiccant bag
- User’s Guide
Design and Features:
The Petlibro Grainary Automatic Pet Feeder set.
Most of the packaging is made of cardboard. It should be sufficiently protective, since the feeder is made of sturdy plastic. I liked that the accessories and parts were stored in the food bin for shipping to reduce waste.
After unpacking, the charger was assembled in minutes without tools. The fit and finish are great!
Under the body of the charger is a battery compartment which houses three D-cell batteries which serve as backup in the event of a power failure. It is very comforting to know that if I am away, my cat will not be hungry if the electricity in my house is cut.
The AC adapter is USB-C.
Along with the batteries, the AC adapter was plugged in and a 7-segment white LED lit up, prompting me to set the clock.
Programming was easy, going through hours, 10 minute increments and 1 minute. On devices like this, it’s not uncommon for clock and schedule settings to only have one button to advance settings. This is not the case with the Petlibro – + and – buttons mean that even if you exceed your planned parameters, it is not necessary to go all the way around to access the correct setting. Attractive.
Then I programmed the 6 hours of feeding. Starting at midnight, I added the distribution every 4 hours with the smallest portion of food.
Three liters of dry food can be added to the feeder hopper, but it is important that the size is not too large.
There is a small window to check the food level, but it is a bit small to see clearly with dark colored food in a black feeder.
Depending on my cat’s age and size, the Petlibro will give her 1.5 ounces of food, about Â½ cup per day. I tested and measured the amount of food and was happy to report that the amount is constant from day to day. It’s definitely more consistent than I would when taking kibble out of the bag.
For me the best feature of this feeder is smaller meals more often. My previous feeder dispenses meals every six hours, but with larger portions. Like many cats, mine tends to gobble up her meal as quickly as she can, upsetting her stomach and causing the inevitable vomit cleanse. I hope smaller, more frequent meals (every four hours) will reduce the number of paper towels consumed in my household and a happier, healthier cat.
If the kitten or puppy needs a little feeding boost, a manual feed button will dispense some food on the squeeze. I don’t use it a lot, but it’s nice to have it there.
The bowl is made of stainless steel and is easily removable for cleaning without the need to lift or turn the feeder. This is a major advantage over other automatic feeders.
The bowl holder is also removable.
The hopper can be removed for cleaning. When on the feeder, it locks into place to prevent spills if the feeder is knocked over by your rambunctious puppy or curious kitten.
Under the lockable lid is a desiccant bag to keep food from getting moldy.
Button operation is automatically locked to prevent accidental powering or messing up the time or programming menus, and toddlers obsessed with buttons.
The Petlibro Grainary also has an interesting voice recording function. You can record a message up to 30 seconds long becoming your furry baby at mealtime. Recordings can be programmed to ring up to 5 times per meal or be turned off completely. The speakerphone isn’t particularly loud, but it works and can be an interesting way to condition your upcoming kitten or puppy when called upon.
What I like:
- Six meals a day and constant portion control
- Easy disassembly for cleaning
- Removable stainless steel bowl
What I would change:
- A slightly larger window to see the food level
- Bigger hopper would be welcome
The Petlibro Grainary Automatic Pet Feeder is as close as it gets to the perfect dispensing system for my cat. The portions are precise and consistent and I hope this will help ease my furry friend’s tummy ache and the number of âaisle six clean-upâ experiences in my house. Great job, Petlibro!