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December 20, 2012

The Gatefeeder cat-feeding system

The Gatefeeder cat-feeding system

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The trouble with having more than one cat is that sometimes one will decide that all the food belongs to it, and the other goes hungry. The Gatefeeder cat-feeding system addresses this situation via RFID tags, to ensure that only the cat wearing a tag can gain access to its food bowl.

Gatefeeder isn't a timed or programmable feeding dish. Originally designed for a cat that needed a special diet, it works a bit like an RFID doggie door. The cat comes up to the feeder and when its head touches the gate, the door unlocks. The cat then pushes the door open and it’s dinnertime. When it finishes, the door swings down shut and locks.

Getting into the feeder is a bit of a squeeze, but that’s deliberate. The idea is to make it so only one cat at a time can get its head and shoulders in. It comes with five programmable smart tags, though only one tag can be programmed at a time. The others are spares, in case the cat loses one.

The Gatefeeder

The Gatefeeder is battery powered, can store enough food to last the average cat up to five days and has a stainless steel bowl. It also includes room for an ice pack to keep canned food cool for up to ten hours. On the enclosure lid there’s a window, so you can keep an eye on the cat while it feeds.

On the downside, the Gatefeeder isn’t cheap at US$249.

The video below explains how it works.

Source: Gatefeeder via Apartment Therapy

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Now I if it can link to a smart phone and alert when it is being used and if it isn't then you can check to see if the cat is okay, or maybe the batteries dead and the cat cannot get access to its food.

Paul Anthony
21st December, 2012 @ 09:36 am PST

So...what about feeding both cats at the same time in different places? While the Alpha cat is eating, you can fee the subordinate cat in a different place. Nobody fights, everybody eats, and you save $240 ($9 for extra food bowls)

Ed
21st December, 2012 @ 02:25 pm PST

Fantastic idea, but the price is totally cost prohibitive. Marketing/accounting dept was really dumb on this one. No one that owns multiple cats is going to spend $250 just for one of these. For that much money I could hire a teenager to feed all of my cats every day for a month.

Remember the whole reason you do this is because you have MULTIPLE cats so you probably need more than one of these at feeding time. At $250 a pop uh yeah, no. RFID tags and the reader are not that expensive.

RESISTANCE
30th December, 2012 @ 03:09 pm PST

I have tried the feeding them in separate rooms, and one of the other cats will inevitably ignore their food and then run as fast as they can to the other cats food. Also one of my cats is a grazer and will leave her food and eat through out the day, which the other cats will eat. This would be a good idea, but it is way to cost prohibitive for people with multiple cats. I wonder how easy this would be to make and set up for myself.

Guenivere Desiree McAllister
29th January, 2013 @ 03:10 pm PST

As I understand it, it's designed to give one and only one cat access to food. It could allow one submissive cat access to food that others couldn't get to. It accomplishes that goal.

I do think the market would like a version that is smarter, i.e. does more tricks.

Dan Lewis
17th December, 2013 @ 03:24 pm PST
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