Best Automatic Cat Feeder
Regulating the amount of food your cat gets is important in order to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Us cat owners are often faced with the problem of feeding the right amount of food at the right time, but as we all know cats can be quite fussy with their food at times. This is where the automatic cat feeder comes in, it covers both of these common problems.
There's a vast range of automatic cat feeders available on the market today but some aren't available in the UK. In this post, I'm going to look at the best automatic cat feeders.
What is an Automatic Cat Feeder and Do you need one?
An Automatic Cat Feeder regulates and dispenses food automatically. Some Automatic feeders have timers so you can preset a time to feed your cat.
Automatic Cat Feeders are especially useful if you work long hours, they give you the ability to regulate the amount of food your cat eats which can help prevent Feline Obesity.
Cats always prefer fresh food and an automatic feeder will either refill the bowl when empty or dispense food at a preset time. This is especially useful if your cat is on a diet as requested by your vet.
There's no definitive answer as to whether or not you need an automatic feeder, you can manage perfectly fine with a normal food bowl if your schedule allows you to feed your cat at the required times.
However, an automatic can feeder can be a very useful tool for cats on a diet or if you work long hours. Personally, I have one for my Persian cat and think it's a fantastic tool.
How to find the best automatic cat feeder
There are quite a few things to consider when trying to find the best automatic cat feeder.
If you have a cat that's on a diet or you work long hours then a timed automatic feeder will be your best bet. However, if your cat is just a fussy eater then any automatic feeder will be a benefit.
The capacity of the feeder is important as this varies if you have a multi cat household you will need a feeder with a decent amount of storage.
Some feeders allow you to record a small message and this will then be played when the meal is served, this helps with cats that associate a phrase or message with eating. This could be "yummy yummy" or "food time" or whatever you've said in the past before serving a meal.
Price and quality are obviously factors when looking for the best automatic cat feeder, quite a few of the versions you see online aren't available here in the UK.
Top 3 Best Automatic Cat Feeders
Best of the Rest
There were quite a few other automatic feeders that didn't make the list but that's not to say they aren't good products. The Surefeed Microchip Pet Feeder is a particularly interesting option, it isn't an automatic feeder as such but it has the ability to read your cats microchip and open the lid on the feeder once it's done this. The main benefit for this would be for households with dogs or other cats where you only want a certain cat to access the food in the feeder. Being airtight the lid keeps the food fresh for longer, especially useful for fussy cats.
The Andrew James Large 90 Day Automatic Pet Feeder is another great option that stores 90 days worth of dry food, ideal for multi cat households. As with the other Andrew James feeders, you can record a voice message and set the feeding times via a digital timer. The reason this didn't make my list was due to the fact it's a dry food feeder only and in most cases, you will want to feed both wet and dry food.
All of the automatic cat feeders in this post are available on the Amazon marketplace and all are viable options. Ultimately your decision will be based on your own specific needs and requirements.
All of the above options make life a little easier when it comes to feeding your cat, in today's busy world anything that can save time and effort is worth looking into.