Monitor your pet’s food intake with the Pawbby Smart Bowl

If there is one thing cats and dogs share in common, it’s the love of food. Pop a tasty treat down and they’ll snaffle it up, but how do you make sure you’re not accidentally overfeeding your precious pet?

The Pawbbt Smart Bowl is the worlds first smart diet control pet food bowl allowing owers to track eatin habbits and monitor food intake over time.

Coming soon to Indiegogo, the bowl can be used by cat or dog owners and Pawbby kindly sent me a sample unit to take a first look.

Pawbby Smart Bowl Specs

  • Power supply: 3 x 1.5V No. 5 (AA) batteries
  • Weighing unit: grams (g), pounds (lb), ounces (oz), millilitres (ml)
  • Minimum indexing: 1g
  • Weighing range: 5 – 2000g
  • Product size: 18018083mm
  • Product net weight: 560g
  • Wireless connection: Bluetooth 5.0
Pawbby smart bowl button

Note you can change the weighting units, you do this via a button located on the back.

Setup

This took very little time to set up. There isn’t a great deal in the box, there was the main black unit which houses all the smarts, a metal inner tray that holds your pet food, and a small screwdriver to help you add 3 x AA batteries (not included).

The metal tray just sits in the main unit, it’s really easy to remove and wash clean in the sink before replacing and filling up with either dry food or water.

Setup time is mostly spent in the companion app, setting up your account, pairing the bowl and adding a pet profile.

This can be used with either cats or dog. The app asks you to create a profile completing the following informaiton:

  • Profile photo
  • Name
  • Gender
  • Birthday
  • Breed
  • Weight
  • Neutering
  • Main food for feeding

Some of these have lists of options to pick from, but not all options are covered. For example, I’ve a British Shorthair cat, but only British Longhair was listed, the closest I could get was American Shorthair.

Similarly, with the food, there are lots of options available, but not the specific food my cat has. I suspect these lists will be added to overtime, for now if the food you use isn’t listed you can add your own, entering nutritional information from the back of the food pack.

Everyday Use

With profile created Pawbby will give you a feeding guide as to how much food your lovely pet should be having each day.

There is an LED screen on the front that automatically lights up and displays the weight whenever you add to the bowl, helping ensure you don’t overfeed. Overfeeding can be a big problem for animals, being overweight could decrease dogs’ and cats’ lifespan and predispose them to diseases such as heart or kidney failure, arthritis, and cancer.

The smart bowl logs whenever it’s visited, when you open the app the data is downloaded to your mobile and you can see how much and how often the bowl has been used.

My cat, Willow, had no issue eating out of the Pawbby Smart Bowl. If anything, it looked more comfortable for her than her usual bowl. Unlike a regular bowl that sits flat on the flow the Pawbby is slightly raised and the bowl is presented with a 7-degree tilt to protect the spine.

The app is easy to use and allows you to build up a picture of how much is being eaten on a day/week/month basis.

Couple of things to be aware of, if, like Willow, your pet has a hybrid diet of wet and dried food the smart bowl can only track the dry food. I also found it recorded me removing some food (I’d added way too much by mistake) as a feed and there was no way to remove that measurement, hopefully something that can added in to the app at a later date.

If you’re interested in getting a Pawbby Smart Bowl it will initially be available via a crowdfunding campaign. As I write this the campaign hasn’t started, your best bet is to check the manufacture website: https://petbowl.pawbby.com/

Mark J Draper is a self-confessed gadget lover who forged a career in the telecommunication and utility industry while maintaining a hobby of writing and filming reviews that are published on YouTube and Reviewify.co.uk.

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