When it comes to feeding our pets, dogs and cats would probably eat until they couldn’t move if they had unlimited feeding bowls. While you might fill your dog or cat’s feeding dish every day and let them eat at will, they may have weight issues requiring better diet timing.
With a busy schedule, though, this isn’t easy to do if you feed your pets just twice a day, usually in the morning and evening. An automatic pet feeder can solve many of these issues, but you need to find one with the right features for you.
Recent statistics show 58% of all cats and 54% of all dogs are obese in America. With these startling numbers, here are the best reasons to use an automatic pet feeder, including reasons beyond controlling your pet’s weight.
Automatic Pet Feeder for Cats
Despite cats being independent and doing well while you’re gone, they still expect feeding times. They may get used to you feeding them in the morning before you leave for work, and then again when you arrive home.
Automated pet feeders enable you to plan meals in advance for your cat if you’ll be gone for several days. Some feeders let you set feedings up to four times per day.
When you’re concerned about portion control of your cat’s feedings, these feeders help manage kitty’s weight without leaving an overly full feeding bowl. The best automatic feeders let you set feeding times at the exact moments when your cat (or cats) expect it.
Many feeder products let you automatically dispense wet and dry food to give your cats the variety they want. You’ll even find some models letting you record your own voice if your cat relies on voice recognition when being fed!
Automatic Pet Feeder for Dogs
Many automatic dog feeders are out there as well, and they provide some of the same features you’ll find for cats. However, you’ll get more variety in features designed for dogs, most notably gravity feeders, as well as those that are electronic.
Gravity feeders usually work well if your pet has unrestricted access to food. Electronic feeders have more ways to control how you feed your dog, including portion control.
Working with battery power, electronic feeders use LCD screens for easy programming capability. Some of them even provide water at specific times so you don’t have to leave a large water bowl that your dog might empty before you return.
Automatic Feeders on the Market
Automatic pet feeders are priced based upon their features and complexity. But here is a feeder and a watering station, both from PetSmart, and both that are for cats or dogs that are received good reviews and are also affordable.
The PetSafe 5-Meal Automatic Feeder allows you to fill 5 one-portion sections and set a timer for when you would like your pet fed. This is great for portion control and establishing eating routines. It holds 5 cups of dry cat or dog food and is priced at $55.24.
Also from PetSafe, the PetSafe Healthy Pet Water Station comes with a removable, stainless steel bowl that is easy to clean and dishwasher safe. It also features a Lock in Place Reservoir to prevent spills as well as a Flow Control Valve. It is priced at $24.99 and is only available online.