Cat Mate C500 Review – Automatic Pet Feeder With Timer

Today I would like to review the Cat Mate C500 Automatic Pet Feeder, a very useful tool, especially designed for cat parents 🙂

My partner and I often spend weekends away with the dog, leaving our 2 beloved cats behind (they love it really… I mean, who doesn’t like to have the house all for themselves???).

We often try to get someone to come in and feed them for us, as it is nice to know that there is someone around to give them some affection, however, there are times when nobody is available and we find that automatic food dispensers are very handy in this sort of situations.

Please read the Cat Mate C500 review below if you are looking for a cheap automatic pet feeder. You will be surprised how much value you can get out of such affordable price 🙂

A Brief Description of the Cat Mate C500 Pet Feeder

The Cat Mate C500 is a great yet affordable automatic pet feeder, mainly designed for cats and small dogs.

It is suitable for feeding both wet and dry foods as it contains ice packs and has a close-fitting lid that helps keeping food fresh.

This pet feeder requires 3 x AA batteries which will last for 12 months. Meals can be programmed individually and are visible on the LCD display.

It has five large food compartments and each of them holds 330g of food. It is easy to clean and it has a dishwasher-proof lid and bowl.

It has also been designed to be tamper resistant to pets.

Ways you can Set the Pet Feeder Timer

This automatic food dispenser contains 5 bowls but only 4 of them work with the timer (The first bowl will always be uncovered and can be used to manually feed your pet).

Below I have listed some examples on how the timer can be used:

  • You can set 1 meal per day, at the same time each day for a maximum of four days.
  • You can set 2 meals per day over a maximum of two days.
  • You can set 4 meals to be served at different set times over one 24 hr period.

The programmed times will be shown on the Cat Mate C500’s LCD screen.

Reasons to Buy the Cat Mate C500

Automatic pet feeders are probably something you might want to use only when going away for a couple of days. At least I would personally not like to completely leave my cats on their own for more than 2 days 🙂

The main reasons why I bought the Cat Mate C500 are:

  • It is very handy to set for nighttime snacks, so that the cats do not wake us up in the middle of the night (win win!!!)
  • Going for a last minute weekend break and not having to rely on someone who is available at short notice to feed the cats
  • Setting it up to serve the next meal at a certain time of the day when you know you might get stuck in a meeting and get home late. This way, your cat will maintain their routine 🙂

This is just a great little tool, that can be purchased off Amazon at a low price, so affordability is definitely another perk here!

Amazon’s Product Reviews – Best Pet Feeder for its Price

The Cat Mate C500 currently has 127 customer reviews on Amazon UK with a 4.5 star rating.

Looking at the price, it seems like this could be going up, so if you are looking for an automatic pet feeder with timer, now might be the time to get a good deal on a great product 🙂

You can view and purchase the item by clicking here

PS: If you liked reading this article, I think you will find this other review useful 🙂



Author: Cristina

23 thoughts on “Cat Mate C500 Review – Automatic Pet Feeder With Timer

  1. Hi Cristina,

    I came across your article and as I was looking for ways to train my poodle dog to eat while we are away.

    We usually don’t leave her at home for more than 8 hours and fill her bowl as much as we can to ensure she has enough to eat and this usually works well.

    We are planning to leave for the weekend. I have a neighbor that will come to let her out to do her business so that part is covered.
    I was wondering if this pet feeder would work for a dog that size?

    I like the idea of timed meals to ensure she doesn’t eat all her food and ends up with nothing for the rest of the weekend.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

    1. Hey Carolyn,

      Thank you for your comment 🙂

      Each bowl holds up to 330gr of food, so that will be plenty for your dog!

      Let me know if you need anything else.


  2. Hi, We often go out for the whole day and leave our two cats home alone (what a mess they make hahah) So that is whats brings me here. 

    I am on the search for a great feeder with a timer as we currently use a spiraled feeding bowl that makes them pace the eating of the food but I do worry it doesn’t keep the cat biscuit food fresh enough for them. 

    The catmate C500 seems reasonably priced.

    Many thanks!

    1. Hi Dianne,

      Indeed, the Cat Mate C500 is nicely priced for what it does. We have been using it for a while now and we cannot fault it.

      Let me know how it goes, if you ever decide to buy it 🙂


  3. WOW! Who’d a thunk it!! LOL This looks like a handy tool. I too have to leave my animals at time and it’s always a concern as to how things will go while your away. This would be so useful wouldn’t it?  Thank you for such a wonderful review. I will look into this!

    1. Hi Susan 🙂

      Yes, it is a very handy tool indeed! We have now used it many times and it has never failed us!

      It allows to go away for the weekend even when we cannot find anybody to come in to feed the cats.

      Have fun with your possible purchase 🙂


  4. Thanks for the review, it’s great to see such handy tools designed to make life easier!
    I have a feeder that works indefinitely because my cats like to be fed at the crack of dawn and I don’t like to be woken up by the meowing!
    I highly recommend these automatic feeders for everyone, whether it’s one just for short-term use or long term.

    1. Hi Helen,

      My cats scratch the bedroom door in the mornings, until they force us to get up… Not a happy way to wake up, especially on a weekend lol 🙂

      Pehaps I should start using the feeder for this purpouse too, so thank you for giving me this idea!

      I am glad automatic pet feeders have made your life easier!


  5. Wow – I never knew something like this was available! I raised a cat for 17 of her 18 years and this would have been a great tool for her, especially as she got older. Although she has passed a few years ago – I am seriously considering getting another one, as I simply love pets. And this would be a great way keep my cat on a schedule. (my beloved cat, Sarah) was never on a schedule. She basically ate whenever she was hungry or wanted a snack. I also see that your website discusses pet monitors too, so I will need to check this out. Always was curious what pets do when away from the house. 

    Thank you for sharing this truly sensational product and saved me a trip from trying to find one on line. Definitely book marking this site. 

    PS. Read your “About Me” page and so glad to hear Kimberly is doing well. What a precious dog!!!

    Blessings! 🙂

    1. Hey LT,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment 🙂

      I am so sorry to hear that your beloved cat Sarah has passed away but glad you are willing to give a home to another pet. I cannot imagine how hard it must be, so I admire you a lot and I know your next pet will be very well looked after!

      Automatic Pet Feeders are a great tool, so let me know if you ever end up getting one in the future 🙂

      All the best,


  6. This is so cool, I need two! One for the cat the other for the little ankle biter we have. We are so busy sometimes some days I can be out of the house for well over 10 hours and my girlfriend will be gone at least 9 hours. We feed them once in the mornings and if we know we are going to be gone a long time we’ll overfeed them, and I know they overeat instead of waiting saving it because when we do get home it’s like they are starving. Plus we can set the one for the cat at 6 am instead of needing to get up on the weekends at 6. AWESOME!!!!

    1. Haha cats and dogs can be little piggies at times, Jason 🙂

      The automatic pet feeder can definitely help you with giving your pets a couple of meals a day, instead of overfeeding them in the morning.

      Happy purchase and please let me know if you have any questions 🙂


  7. Thank you for this review this product I think is for most people who works every day the comfort the this pet feeder offers is quietly impressive it can be good who travels but it could be for any one because you set the timer and you don’t have to worry about it,thank you for this review I will tell my girls about this pet feeder and I think they will love it since they always forget to feed our cats thank you

    1. No problem 🙂 I am glad you found the review useful! Let me know how you find this product, if you decide to buy it!


  8. Well this much more sophisticated than the method we used to use – pre automatic feeders.

    Fortunately our cat wasn’t an over eater or else our method would have been useless.

    We would leave a bag of dry food, size depending on length of our absence, with a small hole about mid height. Then we would put a container in the bath tub and leave the tap barely dripping. This way the container would always have fresh water in it.

    She would poke her head in and nibble the food. This worked well for her but that’s an specific solution for only some cats.

    Now this little feeder device would have been an ideal addition to her eating regime.

    You have given us great information about the product so well done.



    1. Hello Helen,

      Thank you so much for your comment.

      Wow, what a clever cat 🙂 but I agree that a pet feeder would be a much easier solution in general.

      I am glad you found this information useful but please feel free to ask any further question.


  9. I needed this years ago! I used to have a cat named Roo (she passed away due to complications caused by cancer) and prior to her getting sick, she would always overeat then throw everything up. I would have to leave an overload of food whenever I was away for an extended period of time (like a shift at work) and of course, I’d have to have someone go check on her just to make sure she didn’t eat all of her food before I got back.

    Having a timer would be a major stress reliever because you wouldn’t have to worry about your pet overheating or running out of food before you got back and you wouldn’t have to fear that you’d come home to a starving pet.

    1. Automatic cat feeders are such a handy thing to have and I don’t know what I would do now without one 🙂

      I am really sorry to hear about Roo’s cancer. My dog had jaw cancer this year and they had to remove her lower jaw. It was the most heartbreaking thing ever. Luckily she recovered quickly and re-learned how to eat. She is now as happy as ever 8 months later 🙂

      All the best,


  10. Superb review, Cristina! I love the idea of using an auto cat feeder like the Cm c500. The Reviews look good and the price is nice too.

    I do hate it when pets are left without any attention, this seems perfect for when no one is available to cat-sit.

    I’ve seen similar models, but this one seems really good, thanks for the in-depth review!

    1. Hi Jacob,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Automatic pet feeder are a great thing to have, especially for cats as it is easier to leave them at home for a longer period of time, compared to dogs.

      Please do let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to help!


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