What is an automatic pet feeder?

It's not always possible for pet owners to spend as much time as they would like with their pets. While some pet owners would like nothing more than to hang around at home, snuggling on the couch with their cat or dog, that usually doesn't pay the bills in the same way as a regular job would. So, for those long days away from home, pet owners can at least provide their pet with their meals on a regular schedule, by using an automatic pet feeder or automatic pet bowl.

Unlike a standard dog or cat bowl, which remains stubbornly empty after Fido or Kitty has eaten their dinner, an automatic pet feeder will dispense food automatically, according to settings adjusted by the owner. An automatic dog feeder will dispense dry dog food, while an automatic car feeder, will of course, dispense dry cat food. But, as with most things, automatic pet feeders range in functionality and usability, so it's best to know what to look for before investing in one.

Comparing Automatic Pet Feeders

One of the first things to look at with an automatic pet feeder is its capacity. Large dogs tend to eat larger amounts, which means the pet feeder needs to suit the size of the pet, and have a storage tank that can accommodate those larger portions. Some pets also need fed more frequently during the day, especially younger pets. Ensure the pet feeder can dispense food frequently enough throughout the day so that Fido or Kitty does not get too hungry.

On that note, it's also a good idea to look at the adjustable settings on the pet feeder, and how easy they are to set and adjust. Some automatic pet feeders allow owners to record a personal meal call, so that the pet knows when each meal is ready, with other handy features that include dual power on mains or battery, and a magnetic lock lid for easy (human) access to the food storage tank. Check out all the options on eBay to find everything from cat and dog raised bowls, to automatic pet feeders!