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"Gordo" The Fat Cat Slims Down with Ergo Pet Feeder with Timed Kibble Release

by Barbara 1. March 2013 14:24

Question about the effectiveness of Ergo Pet Feeder for Cats and Dogs.

Q: "How can an Ergo Pet Feeder help me slim down my adopted cat? With my former cat, I could leave kibble out all the time in a gravity feeder. This cat will eat until all the kibble is gone.Thanks. Carol.

Answer: Like humans, cats and dogs maintain a healthier weight with several smaller meals each day. My younger son and his family adopted a cat several years ago from the Minneapolis Humane Society. He was literally a fat cat. Their attempts to let him eat using a gravity feeder failed. They named him "Gordo" just like in the old time comic strip. He would eat all that came out.

They purchased an Ergo Pet Feeder and set it to release kibble four times a day, the total being what he needed to reduce his size yet be adequately nourished. Gordo soon learned when the food was about to be dispensed. I understand he still maintains watch for about 10 minutes before the food dispenses. Gordo reduced his weight to a healthy one except for two times. The first happened when he got into the closet with the cat food and ate his way through the bag. The second was during the three weeks he was missing in the spring of 2012. He was returned because he was micro-chipped. For a while, they nicknamed him "El Gato" the thin one as he was really skinny. They also purchased a Medium Ergo pet waterer. That way they can leave Gordo alone over the week-end without worrying about food or water or a cat sitter. They do add an extra litter box as he is particular as most cats are.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

How Pet Safe are the Ergo Oasis Automatic Pet Water Fountains with Continuous Water Filtration

by Barbara 18. August 2009 07:18

Question about the Ergo Oasis Automatic Pet Water Fountains

Q:":"I would like to purchase several of the Oasis automatic pet waterers, but would like to first know whether the plastic and rubber components are safe for the health of my dogs.  Specifically, can you please let me know whether the Oasis waterer is BPA-free, PVC-free and whether the tubing in the waterer is made from drinking hose or other tube material that is safe for this use?" Thanks. Mary


Answer: Our constantly Oasis filtering pet waterer is BPA free (Bisphenol A), PVC free (Polyvinyl chloride). The water bottle is food grade PET (.(Polyethylene terephthalate) The tube between the water pump and the filter is food grade PET.(Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic.  The base and bowl are PP or Polypropylene. The materials chosen in the manufacture of these units have always met the ROHS requirements. ROHS is an abbreviation for the European Union Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliant products.

The Oasis units are identical except for the size of the water bottle. We prefer the Ergo Oasis with the 3 gallon water bottle since we have two Boston Terriers and a Siamese cat sharing it. They drink almost 3 gallons a week during the summer months. We keep the waterer in the kitchen plus we put water bowls on the back porch for when the dogs are outside.

We do recommend that you change water filters at least every month or sooner if they won't backwash clean. When we refill the water bottle, we also rinse out the water bowl and the base, backwash the filter under running water and clean the filter for the pump.

So, the Oasis is safe for your dogs' health.
Thanks again for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

 

Use Pet-2-Ring Dog Door Bell or Pet Chime for Housebreaking Puppies and Dogs

by Barbara 6. March 2009 11:39

Question about the Pet-2-Ring Dog Door Bell and the Pet Chime by Lentek-Koolatron.

Q: "I have a quiet dog, virtually a non-barker. I need to know when she has to go outside to potty. Where can I find a dog doorbell that uses batteries? I don't want bells hanging from the ceiling or from the door knob like the bells on Santa's sleigh/" Thanks. Joe.

Answer: We currently sell two different dog door bells. The Pet Chime by Lentek-Koolatron has two parts, the paw transmitter and the receiver. The Pet-2-Ring Dog Door Bell has a platform lever that pushes a round door bell knob. The Pet-2-Ring lever takes only a light touch anywhere on the large 7 inch by 6 inch panel to cause the door chime to sound.

The Pet-2-Ring is a new product, Made in USA. The weatherproof plastic base dog doorbell receiver and transmitter can sit as a single unit on the floor near a door to your yard. Wall mount the unit if you wish,hardware included). The receiver is small and can be placed on a table, window sill, shelf, etc. The advantages of the Pet-2-Ring unit include the large platform, the sensitivity (only a gentle touch is needed to activate the chime) and the 100 ft range. Because the unit uses C batteries, transmitter battery life is typically a year or more.. The receiver unit  includes a replaceable lithum battery that can last 2 years or more. Purchase two units if you want one inside your home and one outside. The advantage is that you can now place each receiver 100 ft from the door. This means you can have one upstairs and one downstairs or at each end of a larger home.  Pet2-Ring dog door bells can also be used for outdoor/indoor cats. Many service dogs for those with brittle diabetes are trained to use the Pet-2-Ring rather than to bark when glycemic levels change.

We've sold the Pet Chime for many years.  The receiver generates either a door chime sound or a barking dog sound. Frankly, I never advise the barking dog sound as it could encourage a dog to bark in return.  Extra paws are available: you can use the same receiver for 1 or more paws. The chime is the same so you may get some exercise if you have more than one door into your fenced back yard. The Paw requires more pressure than the Pet-2-Ring to transmit to the receiver. Also the Pet Chime is less waterproof due to the open space around the paw. The Pet Paw uses one 9 volt battery: the receiver chime uses 3 AAA batteries. Unless you put the Paw in a waterproof bag, the Paw may fail if exposed to rain or snow.. The Paw activates a chime placed at 30 to 100 ft away.  This is Made in China.

Thanks for your question. Enjoy your dog.

Sincerely, Barbara

Are Pet Chime Paws Weatherproof

by Barbara 19. September 2000 15:31

Question about Lentek Koolatron Pet Chimes for Dogs or Cats

Q: "Are the pet chime paws (transmitters) weatherproof and hence suitable for outside use?"

Answer: According to Koolatron, the manufacturer, the paw is essentially weatherproof/water resistant.

  • The paw shelters the electronic components.
  • Seal the paw in a baggie placing it where it may be flooded or doused by torrential rains.
  • Or mount the paw outdoors on a wall or under a protective overhang.
  • Use an additional paw for the dog to signal that it wants to go outside.

Sincerely, Barbara