Automatic cat feeder review

Few years ago, when there was no automatic cat feeder, most cat owners, when they know they are going to leave the house for a long period, they leave a big bowl or sometimes multiple big bowls full of food and water for their cat, when they get back home they usually find a big mess because the cat knocked everything down.
Automatic cat feeder

In our modern age those kind of concerns are no longer a problem, because now we have automatic cat feeders. An automatic cat feeder is a device that keep cats fed while their owner is away. They offer the possibility of giving precise portions of food to your cat on specific times during the day.

What can an automatic cat feeder do?

The feeder allows you to dispense precise portion of meals at a specific time of the day even if it is off line. Every cat feeder has a reservoir that can contain enough food for your cat for multiple days.
Bellow a list of what a smart cat feeder can do:

  • the devise offers accurate timing and accurate portion control.
  • It has a backup battery that can run the device for up to 24 hours. in case of a power cut.
  •  Youn can connect it to your Wi-Fi network.
  • Most devices have an easy to use interface and can be monitored through an app.
  • You can program dispense timing and portions on the devise and the phone app, which means that you can control your cat’s meals with your smartphone from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection.
  • You can dispense food remotely through the app and get notifications when the reservoir is empty or when the food is dispensed.
  • It does not take a lot of space, come with very good design which means that it fits perfectly in the space and it is heavy enough so the cat will not be able to knock it over.
  • You can use a sound or record a voice note on the device to be played at feeding time.
  • Some automatic feeders offer the possibility of programming different schedules for different days.
  • Some dispenser have the option of putting different types of food.
  • You can talk to your cat through the device using the phone app.
  • Some pet feeders have an integrated camera that allow you to keep a look on your cat.
  • Some smart pet feeders are suitable for dry food only; others are suitable for wet and dry food.
  • The mobile app gives you insights about your cat eating behavior.
  • It is available in multiple colors.

How to use an automatic cat feeder?

Put the batteries then connect the device to the power outlet.
Connect you smart pet feeder to your Wi-Fi network.
Fill the device’s reservoir with the type of food you want for your cat.
Each cat feeder has its own smart phone app, so first you need to download and install the phone app specific to the brand you are using which is generally available on iOS and android.
You can manage all the function and program all the meals and portions from the phone app.
The app send notification when it dispense food or when the reservoir is empty for example, so you can leave your cat home alone with peace of mind. It also allows you to check the amount of food remaining in the reservoir.

How much does an automatic cat feeder cost?

A good quality automatic cat feeder costs between $70 to $299. Depending on the brand and the features you want, in most cases a budget of $110 could be considered. We can list some good brands such as Whisker, PETLIBRO, PETSAFE, and WOPET Automatic Cat Feeder.

if you want a more detailed comparison between different brands you can check this article in the spruce pets website.

You can also visite our store if you are interested in other pets products.

Do I need an automatic cat feeder?

If you are a cat owner and you spend the majority of your time at work, outside or travelling then you have to buy one of those devices to keep your cat well feeded. However, if you are sure that you are always home when it’s time to feed your cat then an automatic feeder could be a luxury for your cat or a little help for yourself.

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The writer is an engineer, a marketer, a blogger and most importantly a lover of automation and smart home technologies.

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