Cats are great pets and even dog people agree that cats make better roommates. Well, until you need to travel for a few days and can’t trust a neighbour to come and add food to your cat’s dish. Automatic cat feeders are lifesavers that offer a wide range of benefits with the most important one being the ability to dispense enough food at the right time for your kitty. Automatic feeders are also good at ensuring your pet doesn’t overfeed or let food go to waste which saves you money in the end. It is important to choose a feeder that will last long enough and also serve the purpose you are buying it for without breaking the bank. Here are 10 amazing options you can buy.
PETLIBRO Automatic Timed Cat Feeder
This is a simple yet amazingly effective automatic pet feeder. It is not smart, so you won’t need Wi-Fi to operate it but it has the same features like any smart pet feeder. There are 4- and 6-litre options so you can choose whichever fits your bill and the size of your pet. It can be programmed to dispense up to four meals a day with nine different portion size settings so you can set how much food you think your pet can handle effectively in one sitting and if you got it wrong once, you can always increase or reduce.
It is meant for a single pet and you can also include a 10s recording of your voice to call your pet to come and eat. It will feel like you are always there even when you are not. It has a memory saver for power outages and also has a dual-power supply where you can put in alkaline batteries and it will switch over automatically in case of a power outage. The feeder is one of the best rated in the market and also comes with a Desiccant bag to keep the food fresh for days even when you are away.
Petsafe Simply-Feed Automatic Cat And Dog Feeder
Petsafe is another brand that allows you to take better control of how often and how much food your pet consumes. The best thing about this automatic feeder is that the food dispenser is closed off to prying paws which tend to cause blockage, especially with dry food. This feeder can dispense up to 12 meals a day which is an advantage for small pets who tend to need to eat tiny portions many times a day. You can also time a certain portion of food to be dispensed over a period of up to 15 minutes if you have a pet that tends to eat too quickly. It is our top pick for a budget-friendly automatic feeder that carries most of the advantages of any automatic cat feeder.
Faroro 7L Automatic Dog Feeder
This is the ultimate solution for big pet owners who need to store more food especially if you won’t be around for days. The outlet is also closed off from paws to prevent the pets from going for food before it lands in the tray. You can reprogram the timer to suit your needs and that of your pet and you can also set up to 40 different portion sizes for your pet which is perfect if you are putting them on a diet or if you need them to eat more. This feeder also has a sleek design with the screen and timer at the top and out of the way when the pets eat.
Noodoky Gravity Dispenser Pet Feeder And Waterer
If alarms, buttons and electricity are not in your budget, you can still invest in an automatic feeder and give your pets a feast when you are away. This is a simple package of a feeder and a water dispenser that is both efficient and affordable. The food dispenser can hold 4.4lbs of food while the water dispenser holds 2.5 litres which is enough to feed a cat for up to two days. It doesn’t have portion settings nor timers, but as long as there is food in the feeder, your cat will eat all thanks to gravity. Nothing will stop because of a power outage either so you are safe either way.
PETLIBRO 6L Twist Lock 50 Portion Pet Feeder
This is Petlibro’s upgrade from the first pick in this list meant to give you as much freedom from your pet feeding responsibility as you can ask for. It has a twist lock that ensures that playful pets don’t open the lid. The food outlet is also closed off on this one so that the pets won’t clog it while reaching for food. It also allows you to use batteries and a power cord and also record your voice to invite the pet for food.
It allows you to be away for as long as four days without having to look after the pet because it can also dispense six meals a day. It has an LED indicator for when the food is low. The food holder is also transparent so you can see the level food and refill in time. Unlike the earlier option, this one allows you to set up to 50 different portions for your pet and also allows for slow dispensing for up to 15 minutes if you don’t want the pet to eat too quickly.
Aluke 7L Two-Pet Cat Feeder
Having two cats is way better than one because you can play parent with a preference for one over another so that each of them fights for turns to sleep with you. Feeding them can be a problem if you don’t have a plate for everyone which is why this would be the right solution for you. It has all the features of an automatic cat feeder including the portion settings, the timer and the alarm.
The splitter ensures that each pet gets enough food. You can set 48 different portion sizes and dispense up to six meals a day which are more than enough to keep your pets satisfied. The food holder is also transparent so you always know when your kitties need a refill. The trays are stainless steel too, so they are easy to wash.
Cat Mate C500 White 5-Compartment Automatic Cat Feeder
Sometimes, the large upright cat feeders can be a nuisance in the house and all you need is a low rotating feeder that dispenses portions just as well. This Catmate automatic feeder is made of five compartments each holding 330g of food and only one being opened at a time. Once you fill it with food, you can set the timer for how the four remaining portions will be dispensed.
It also comes with ice packs that keep the food fresh so you can use it serves up both wet and dry food. It also uses batteries so it doesn’t limit you to feeding from one spot and the indicator tells you when the batteries are low. It is cute and inconspicuous so you will hardly notice it while it feeds your kitties. You can also take it apart for cleaning and put it back together with ease.
Ezmioo Automatic Cat Feeder
This one won our hearts for its amazing robot-like design that will complement the rest of the electronics in your house. It also has a large removable bowl with a stainless-steel interior which is cute and easy to wash. This one also comes with a wider outlet that won’t get blocked even if your pets play around with food around it.
Its robot-like head with a speaker that looks like a mouth can play your 10s voice recording to call pets to eat. It also uses both AC and batteries so that you are covered when the power goes out and it can dispense four meals per day. Its capacity is 3.5 litres which is enough to feed your cat for up to two days so you are free to travel.
WOPET 6L Automatic Smart Pet Feeder
If you are going smart, then you have to go for the best value and that is what this feeder offers for no much more than the other automatic feeders in this list. This feeder is versatile, allowing you to use your smartphone to activate food dispensing by connecting it to your Wi-Fi. You can still set the traditional electronic feeder timer and portions and it also has a manual feeding option that allows you to release food whenever your pet needs it. It also allows you to connect to your socket or use batteries.
The food container is also transparent allowing you to track the food left. The best part is the connection to your phone that gives you alerts when you are out of food and also allows you to set your portions from your smartphone. You can dispense up to 15 meals a day and set 50 different portion sizes for your pet.
Petsafe 5 Meal Compartment Automatic Feeder
This is your best budget option if you need a cat feeder that will cover your pet for the day or night just like the Cat Mate compartment feeder discussed earlier. This one doesn’t have ice packs so it isn’t suitable for wet food but it will dispense dry food perfectly. All you have to do is fill up the five compartments and then set the timer for dispensing the four closed compartments as the feeder rotates. It is compact and also locks tightly so it won’t be destroyed by playful kitties. It also comes with the feed now button that allows you to serve an instant meal.
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