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Old March 17th 14, 02:04 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Arthur Rubin
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Please suggest other groups this should be submitted to.... It's been a long time since I've accessed Usenet or Google groups.

I'm looking for a feeder which only one cat can use; I have three cats here, and one of them can be free-fed. Others should be on a restricted diet.

I tried the WonderBowl, and I (per consumer reviews, which I didn't read first) couldn't attach the fob to his collar in such a way as the bowl stayed open. That being the least expensive option (~$60), I thought I would ask for advice before trying more expensive options (~$100 to ~$250).

Any ideas? He (and one of the other cats) have a harness and have had a collar; the third cat _could_ have a harness and collar if necessary. (One of the feeders advertised on the net had options to program separately for up to 8 animals.) All of the feeders I've seen advertized on the Web, except for the WonderBowl and the most expensive RFID tag system, warned that some cats cannot use the feeders because they don't remain at the proper angle for sensor detection while eating.

Arthur Rubin
Brea, California
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Old March 17th 14, 02:53 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
MaryL[_2_]
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Default Selective pet feeder recommendations



"Arthur Rubin" wrote in message
...

Please suggest other groups this should be submitted to.... It's been a long
time since I've accessed Usenet or Google groups.

I'm looking for a feeder which only one cat can use; I have three cats here,
and one of them can be free-fed. Others should be on a restricted diet.

I tried the WonderBowl, and I (per consumer reviews, which I didn't read
first) couldn't attach the fob to his collar in such a way as the bowl
stayed open. That being the least expensive option (~$60), I thought I
would ask for advice before trying more expensive options (~$100 to ~$250).

Any ideas? He (and one of the other cats) have a harness and have had a
collar; the third cat _could_ have a harness and collar if necessary. (One
of the feeders advertised on the net had options to program separately for
up to 8 animals.) All of the feeders I've seen advertized on the Web,
except for the WonderBowl and the most expensive RFID tag system, warned
that some cats cannot use the feeders because they don't remain at the
proper angle for sensor detection while eating.

Arthur Rubin
Brea, California

~~~~~~~~~~
I'm not familiar with feeders that only one cat can use. However, my
brother and sister-in-law has a cat (one of three) that has to be fed
separately. They built a box with a cat door in it, and they place this
cat's food in the box. The cat door can only be accessed by the "special"
cat. It sounds like the WonderBowl uses a fob similar to the one on this
cat's collar that opens the door on the feeding station. They live some
distance from me, but I could email and ask them for information if you
think you would be interested in this type of setup. Their setup does not
depend on sensor detection while eating--it is sensor detection to get into
the box. Of course, they also had to train their cat to do that.

MaryL

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Old March 20th 14, 03:11 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
dgk
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Default Selective pet feeder recommendations

On Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:53:27 -0500, "MaryL"
wrote:



"Arthur Rubin" wrote in message
...

Please suggest other groups this should be submitted to.... It's been a long
time since I've accessed Usenet or Google groups.

I'm looking for a feeder which only one cat can use; I have three cats here,
and one of them can be free-fed. Others should be on a restricted diet.

I tried the WonderBowl, and I (per consumer reviews, which I didn't read
first) couldn't attach the fob to his collar in such a way as the bowl
stayed open. That being the least expensive option (~$60), I thought I
would ask for advice before trying more expensive options (~$100 to ~$250).

Any ideas? He (and one of the other cats) have a harness and have had a
collar; the third cat _could_ have a harness and collar if necessary. (One
of the feeders advertised on the net had options to program separately for
up to 8 animals.) All of the feeders I've seen advertized on the Web,
except for the WonderBowl and the most expensive RFID tag system, warned
that some cats cannot use the feeders because they don't remain at the
proper angle for sensor detection while eating.

Arthur Rubin
Brea, California

~~~~~~~~~~
I'm not familiar with feeders that only one cat can use. However, my
brother and sister-in-law has a cat (one of three) that has to be fed
separately. They built a box with a cat door in it, and they place this
cat's food in the box. The cat door can only be accessed by the "special"
cat. It sounds like the WonderBowl uses a fob similar to the one on this
cat's collar that opens the door on the feeding station. They live some
distance from me, but I could email and ask them for information if you
think you would be interested in this type of setup. Their setup does not
depend on sensor detection while eating--it is sensor detection to get into
the box. Of course, they also had to train their cat to do that.

MaryL



This is sort of great. I haven't heard of these devices but I have
tracking tags on my cats' collars so I can find them if necessary.
Clearly this is the same principal.
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Old March 30th 14, 02:27 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Arthur Rubin
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Default Selective pet feeder recommendations

On Sunday, March 16, 2014 7:53:27 PM UTC-7, MaryL wrote:
"Arthur Rubin" wrote in message

...



Please suggest other groups this should be submitted to.... It's been a long

time since I've accessed Usenet or Google groups.



I'm looking for a feeder which only one cat can use; I have three cats here,

and one of them can be free-fed. Others should be on a restricted diet.



I tried the WonderBowl, and I (per consumer reviews, which I didn't read

first) couldn't attach the fob to his collar in such a way as the bowl

stayed open. That being the least expensive option (~$60), I thought I

would ask for advice before trying more expensive options (~$100 to ~$250).



Any ideas? He (and one of the other cats) have a harness and have had a

collar; the third cat _could_ have a harness and collar if necessary. (One

of the feeders advertised on the net had options to program separately for

up to 8 animals.) All of the feeders I've seen advertized on the Web,

except for the WonderBowl and the most expensive RFID tag system, warned

that some cats cannot use the feeders because they don't remain at the

proper angle for sensor detection while eating.



Arthur Rubin

Brea, California



~~~~~~~~~~

I'm not familiar with feeders that only one cat can use. However, my

brother and sister-in-law has a cat (one of three) that has to be fed

separately. They built a box with a cat door in it, and they place this

cat's food in the box. The cat door can only be accessed by the "special"

cat. It sounds like the WonderBowl uses a fob similar to the one on this

cat's collar that opens the door on the feeding station. They live some

distance from me, but I could email and ask them for information if you

think you would be interested in this type of setup. Their setup does not

depend on sensor detection while eating--it is sensor detection to get into

the box. Of course, they also had to train their cat to do that.



MaryL


Sorry about the delay. Google groups was blocking the "reply" button for a while, and we've had some earthquakes here, and I've had to recover the cats from their hiding places. I hadn't thought of adapting a cat door (with sensor) to the problem of selective feeding. I'll look into that, but I would appreciate it if you would contact your friend for more information.

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Old March 31st 14, 02:52 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
MaryL[_2_]
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Default Selective pet feeder recommendations



"Arthur Rubin" wrote in message
...

On Sunday, March 16, 2014 7:53:27 PM UTC-7, MaryL wrote:
"Arthur Rubin" wrote in message

...



Please suggest other groups this should be submitted to.... It's been a
long

time since I've accessed Usenet or Google groups.



I'm looking for a feeder which only one cat can use; I have three cats
here,

and one of them can be free-fed. Others should be on a restricted diet.



I tried the WonderBowl, and I (per consumer reviews, which I didn't read

first) couldn't attach the fob to his collar in such a way as the bowl

stayed open. That being the least expensive option (~$60), I thought I

would ask for advice before trying more expensive options (~$100 to
~$250).



Any ideas? He (and one of the other cats) have a harness and have had a

collar; the third cat _could_ have a harness and collar if necessary.
(One

of the feeders advertised on the net had options to program separately for

up to 8 animals.) All of the feeders I've seen advertized on the Web,

except for the WonderBowl and the most expensive RFID tag system, warned

that some cats cannot use the feeders because they don't remain at the

proper angle for sensor detection while eating.



Arthur Rubin

Brea, California



~~~~~~~~~~

I'm not familiar with feeders that only one cat can use. However, my

brother and sister-in-law has a cat (one of three) that has to be fed

separately. They built a box with a cat door in it, and they place this

cat's food in the box. The cat door can only be accessed by the "special"

cat. It sounds like the WonderBowl uses a fob similar to the one on this

cat's collar that opens the door on the feeding station. They live some

distance from me, but I could email and ask them for information if you

think you would be interested in this type of setup. Their setup does not

depend on sensor detection while eating--it is sensor detection to get
into

the box. Of course, they also had to train their cat to do that.



MaryL


Sorry about the delay. Google groups was blocking the "reply" button for a
while, and we've had some earthquakes here, and I've had to recover the cats
from their hiding places. I hadn't thought of adapting a cat door (with
sensor) to the problem of selective feeding. I'll look into that, but I
would appreciate it if you would contact your friend for more information.

~~~~~~~~
I contacted my brother for you. It is the microchip, not a collar, that
lets their cat through the door.

Here are the steps in the process:
They put he food in a dog cage and then their cat went through the door.
Next they put a cardboard door in and got her to go through it.
Then the microchipped door always opens.
Finally, they got the microchipped door trained for her.

The brand name is SureFlap Microchip cat flap.
Amazon has it as SureFlap Microchip Cat Door- White.

I looked it up on amazon.com and found it at this location:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...0Door-%20White

If you go to Questions & Answers on that sitr, I noticed that one of them
describes how to set it up so it works for one cat and not for the others.

MaryL

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Old May 16th 14, 07:14 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Arthur Rubin
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Default Selective pet feeder recommendations

On Sunday, March 30, 2014 6:52:03 PM UTC-7, MaryL wrote:


I contacted my brother for you. It is the microchip, not a collar, that

lets their cat through the door.



Here are the steps in the process:

They put he food in a dog cage and then their cat went through the door.

Next they put a cardboard door in and got her to go through it.

Then the microchipped door always opens.

Finally, they got the microchipped door trained for her.



The brand name is SureFlap Microchip cat flap.

Amazon has it as SureFlap Microchip Cat Door- White.



I looked it up on amazon.com and found it at this location:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...0Door-%20White



If you go to Questions & Answers on that sitr, I noticed that one of them

describes how to set it up so it works for one cat and not for the others.



MaryL


They (SureFlap) say they will have a pet feeder this summer. I think I'll
wait, rather than constructing a door to enclose an existing feeder. Thanks
for the information.

Arthur
 




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