Petmate LeBistro Portion-Control Automatic Pet Feeder – Product Review

Last Updated on July 8, 2021 by Jenny

le bistro – programmable feeder
le bistro – programmable feeder

We received the 5 lb. Petmate LeBistro with all the other goodies from Petmate.  I was excited about this one in particular because I had seen it featured on an episode of Good Morning America.

That episode had a segment that focused on pet obesity and how you could use an automatic pet feeder like Petmate’s LeBistro to feed your cat or dog several times a day, rather than just once a day.  Ironically, my vet had just told me that if I could feed Charlie and Trigg 3 times a day that would be better than the 2 times a day I was doing.  In other words, it would be more like humans in the sense that they would do better with several small meals than 2 big ones.

And it made sense – if you think about what they’d be eating in the wild – they’d catch a 30 calorie mouse and then be satisfied for awhile until their next meal.

Charlie says, "Hurry up and figure it out, Buddy!"
Charlie says, “Hurry up and figure it out, Buddy!”

So for obesity reasons, I really like this product.  I also like the LeBistro automatic pet feeder because it’s great if you are gone for work all day.

Here are the some other cool features about the LeBistro:

  • It’s programmable
  • dispenses portions from 1/4 cup to 2 cups at three selected times per day (you program it)
  • Battery-operated unit requires no electricity to function (doesn’t come with batteries though – you will need 3 D size batteries)
  • Capacity: Hopper: 4.2 lbs.; base unit fully loaded, bowl & wheel will hold additional 1.3 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 14.5″ L x 8.875″ W x 15.125″ H
  • Battery Life: Up to 1 year
  • Warranty: 1 year, limited
  • Includes: Hopper, Hopper Lid, Food chute, Feeding Bowl and Instructions.

Here’s a video I snapped of Bill explaining how it works:

I didn’t feature the cats much in this review because they don’t really care how they get their food, as long as they get it!!  I have transitioned Charlie and Trigg completely from dry food and have them on wet food only now.  So the LeBistro was helpful to guarantee portion control for the transition.

I then moved it to my mom’s house for Caymus and Murphy who are still on dry food, but who I hope to get off of dry food shortly.

The only negative of the LeBistro for me was that I wished the detachable bowl was made of stainless steel rather than plastic because of the zit problem cats can have on their chins from eating out of a plastic bowl.

You can buy the LeBistro online for $63.01 through where it qualifies for their FREE with Super Saver Shipping.  Of course, if you find it somewhere else for cheaper, be sure to comment on this post and let me know so everyone can take advantage of the discount.

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7 thoughts on “Petmate LeBistro Portion-Control Automatic Pet Feeder – Product Review

  1. Natalia says:

    After searching high & low for a feeder to take care of our four (greedy) cats, I went for 2 of the Petmate LeBistros. We wanted to give the cats regular feeding times during the day so they wouldn’t try to wake us at dawn every morning & while at work, then we’d enjoy giving them a tuna meal in the evening. I’d say for the most part this product has achieved exactly that, just if you’re thinking about getting one, bear in mind the following:
    – The hopper plastic is quite flimsy & our cats have no problem pushing the lid off so we would come home to find they’d got in & eaten vast quantities direct from the hopper. We have to put heavy books on top but they still knock them off & get in so it has become annoying as it’s quite a major major design flaw.
    – Secondly the small dry biscuits we use don’t seem to fall through into the yeah very well (maybe it’s meant more for larger dog biscuits) so ou can hear the motor goin but only a small amount of food drops out. The cats have learned to stick their paws up inside the chute to pull the rest out but it’s not ideal as it means the bigger ones tend to get most of the food.
    Overall I would recommend the feeder as I don’t think there are better ones out there for large volume feeding but it definitely has it’s frustrations!

    • Jenny says:

      Natalia – Thank you for sharing this! I think this will help Petmate improve their product too. I thought Charlie might try to take off the top of the bowl where the food is kept – but he never tried. This makes me laugh, “The cats have learned to stick their paws up inside the chute to pull the rest out” – although I am sure it is frustrating for you. Thank you for taking the time to share.

  2. JLSW says:

    I bought this but had a problem with the turning dispenser clogging up and not dispensing the full amount. I found that if I didn’t dump the food right onto the turning dispenser that it worked. Our kibble is the correct size too. Did you have this problem?

    • Jenny says:

      No we didn’t….how strange. I used big kibble and small kibble too to try them both. So it is now working for you without the turning dispenser?

      • JLSW says:

        I got the dispenser to turn, but had to load the food along the sides of the storage bin. As long as no food was sitting directly on top of the spinning paddles, it worked.

  3. Rebecca says:

    need a cooler type one for raw feeding, nope that wouldn’t work either, one likes her food room temp. Stainless steel would be better than plastic for that too. But sure could have used this, when I did have one cat that would lie in front of the automatic feeders and just eat until it was all gone.

    • Jenny says:

      yes, i was thinking i could use one for wet food at the moment….and then eventually for raw when we get there.

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