I bought the cats a feeder that auto-feeds them 1/2 cup twice a day at selected times. Actually, I could change the amount dispensed, can set it to dispense one to three times a day, and can set the times of day it should dispense.
However, the dog was way more fascinated by the new gadget than the cats. The cats, however, think the box the feeder came in is great fun.
By the way, the purpose of buying the auto-feeder was to try to train Aloof (the mean black cat) that I am not the source of food so he will stop keeping me up all night, reinforcing my insomnia — I swear he probably taught them some things at Gitmo. Anyway, I figure that if he thinks the gadget is the source of all food, he’ll stop knocking things off of my tables and shelves, trying to get me to put more food in his bowl and he’ll stop harassing me while I’m trying to sleep. However, he hasn’t caught on yet about the bowl getting filled at regular times, despite the fact that he’s supposed to be the “smart one” — Pugly however has totally figured out what that little whirring sound is even though he can’t see or reach the feeder on the microwave table.
The other issue is that Aloof has trained Pugly to wake me up at 3 or 4am and be persistant about it. Now I have to retrain Pugly, who I do actually want to associate me as the provider of food (and as such the Alpha) that breakfast isn’t until at least 6am. This is not easy with Aloof still tormenting me with the cat ninja torture techniques, which involve knocking everything on my side table onto the floor (including any unfinished soda cans) and Aloof continuing to lie to Pugly about the true feeding time. Evil cat.
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