Cat Automatic Feeder

When you're away from home, you want to ensure that your four-legged friend gets enough to eat or drink until you come back. To that end, a cat automatic feeder makes it easy to keep pets fed and watered when you're not there. Automatic feeders come in several types and styles and offer a range of features, so make sure to choose the feeder that best fits your lifestyle and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your pets are taken care of while you're away.

Automatic Feeder Types

There are a few different types of feeders from which to select. Some feeders are meant for dispensing food, while others dispense water. There are single-bowl and dual-bowl feeders. Choose a feeder that dispenses food or water based on gravity with no bells or whistles, or opt for a more sophisticated feeder that releases food or drink based on a timer. Feeders come in assorted sizes, depending on how many animals you're accommodating, and there are even feeders that combine food with toys, making the process more educational and fun for animals by using food as a reward.

Automatic Feeder Brands

Many well-known companies manufacture automatic feeders, and these are generally distinguished by their features, their prices and the type of feeders each brand offers, so consider each of these factors before deciding on the right automatic feeder. Some brands you may come across include PetSafe, SureFeed, Catit, Drinkwell, Rogz and Petmate. Brands may vary by materials as well as by design and size. In addition, it's always wise to keep your budget in mind as you browse feeder brands.

Automatic Feeder Features

Arguably, the most noteworthy difference in automatic feeders is their features, as feeders range from basic models to state-of-the-art designs. There are programmable feeders that feed your pet a specific amount at a specific time that you've programmed. You can also record voice messages for your pet and talk to them via an automatic feeder. There are large-capacity feeders that you don't have to fill as often, while motion-activated feeders let cats eat as they approach the bowl. A microchip automatic feeder only lets certain cats eat from specific bowls, which works well for cats on diet food or for cats who need to eat less.

Automatic Feeder Materials

Automatic feeders are not only distinguished by design, but by material as well. The most affordable material is plastic, which is also lightweight and easy to clean. Other material options include durable and heavy-duty stainless steel and ceramic, which is also heavy and sturdy. Materials also vary by price and by design.