Gives us some freedom
We have made good use of this feeder for overnight trips. We hang it from the ceiling and let the food fall onto the floor for our 4 cats They have fun chasing the dispersed food and it keeps any one cat from gobbling all the food. In fact, we have developed enough confidence in the feeder to order another one so we can occasionally be gone for two nights, though I still like to have someone come by the house to check on them and be sure the feeders are working properly. Our only complaint is that the feeders are not designed to be used vertically and the lid sometimes falls off after it opens, but this is not a real problem.