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Cat Food Dispensers Reviews 2014

Cat food dispensers are a great solution to feed your cat when you are away from home but to buy one can be confusing. Don’t worry, here you will find a very complete selection of the most popular cat food dispensers with pros and cons and very objective analysis of each one of them. Our ultimate goal is to help you decide the most suitable solution for you and your pet.

 

Before reading the reviews:

  • It’s important to mention that in most cases, people have to adjust the portions of meals through the trial-and-error method when buying an automatic feeder first time.
  • Cats are very unique and versatile animals and the reaction your pet has to any of these devices is unpredictable. However, these reviews will give you a good idea of what to expect and what works better for each type of cat.
  • Stars rating are overall based on customer reviews and they may be subject to change.

 

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1.CAT FOOD DISPENSER CSF-3 “SUPER FEEDER” 4+ Stars Rating

The CSF-3 Super Feeder is one of the best and most reliable automatic cat feeders in the market. The best performance and accuracy is guaranteed if you feed your pet with round/spherical small size pellets (1/4″ diameter), but also works with bigger pellet size, up to 1/2″ diameter. The digital timer along with a very dependable feeder allow you to be away from home for several days.

automatic CSF-3cat feeder This food dispenser is great for any type of cat and especially for:

  • Cats in a weight control program or with diabetes.
  • Cats that eat too fast (by capacity to be set to dispense a few kibble at a time throughout the day)
  • Smart cats obsessed with food
  • Feeding two cats
  • If your pet is allergic to plastic (you can adapt this feeder to use it with stainless steel bowl).
  • Long period of time away from home (could even be used with home automation system or/and web based system). FULL REVIEW

 

2. AUTOMATIC COMBO CSF-3XL “SUPER FEEDER” 4+ Stars Rating

This is the CSF-3 Super Feeder that comes in a combo with a 24 cups capacity hopper and analog timer. You can find the same combo version of the Super Feeder with digital timer. The CSF-3XL combo is an excellent and dependable automatic feeder if you have to be away from home for several days.

CSF-3 cat Super feeder comboThe performance of this unit is guaranteed with round/spherical small size pellet 1/4″ diameter. The unit also works with bigger pellet sizes, up to 1/2″ diameter. This combo is especially recommendable for:

  • Cats under a weight control program
  • If your cat has diabetes
  • Cats that eat too fast (by setting it to dispense a few pellets at a time throughout the day)
  • Wild cats obsessed with food
  • Feeding two cats.
  • If your pet is allergic to plastic (you can adapt this feeder to use it with stainless steel bowl).
  • When you have to be away from home for several days (can be used with home automation system or/and web based system).FULL REVIEW

 

3. PET FEEDSTER AUTOMATIC PET FEEDER 4+ Stars Rating

Pet Feedster Automatic Pet Feeder

Pet Feedster Automatic Pet Feeder

The Pet Feedster is also one of the best automatic pet feeders in the market; it allows you to feed your cat up to 5 times by day and you can set different portions of food to be dispensed at a time. Each portion can be setup from one tablespoon up to 6 cups of kibbles. For example, if you want your pet to eat 4 times a day and the strongest meal to be dispensed in the morning with half cup of dry food and then one tablespoon each meal (the following 3 meals) you can do that with this automatic feeder.

This automatic feeder is suitable for:

  • Cats that are on a diet
  • Cats that need to eat several times a day, up to 5 times
  • If you want to feed your cat with different amounts of food, from few kibbles to big amounts of food at a time
  • If your cat is obsessed with food
  • If you want to feed 2 cats that can eat together
  • If you want a feeder that can performance with AC adapter and batteries at the same time. FULL REVIEW

 

4. CAT FOOD BALL SLIMCAT TOY FOOD DISPENSER  4+Stars Rating

Cat Food Ball Slimcat

Cat Food Ball Slimcat

Even though this ball toy food dispenser is not an automatic solution, I recommend it with no reserves for cats that eat any size of food (you can adjust the holes on it). It is a very good toy to re-educate your cat if your pet shows bad eating behavior, for example, eating too fast and stealing your other pet’s food. It is also perfect to keep your indoor cat active. This toy feeder is especially for cats that:

  • Are overweight and need to exercise
  • Have anxiety
  • Show bad eating behaviors
  • Eat too fast
  • Steal other pet’s food. FULL REVIEW

 

5. PETSAFE FEEDER WITH STAINLESS STEEL BOWL  4+ Stars Rating

Petsafe Feeder

Petsafe Feeder

This cat food dispenser has a gravity food system and also a dishwasher safe removable stainless steel bowl. This unit is a good solution if you want to forget about pouring food every day to your cat’s bowl.

This feeder is recommendable  to be used under these conditions:

  • If you don’t have your cat on a diet.
  • If your cat is well disciplined with food.
  • If you want to feed several cats.
  • If your pet is allergic to plastic (and you fit all the conditions above). FULL REVIEW

 

6. WIRELESS WHISKERS AUTOMATIC PET FEEDER  3+ Stars Rating

whiskers2Wireless Whiskers automatic pet feeder gives you a real solution to your multi-pet feeding problems. This feeder works with a wireless tag that is attached to your cat’s collar and it activates the feeder to open when a daily portion is available in your pet’s diet.

This intelligent automatic feeder has the ability to measure, set and control the daily food intake for one, two or more cats or dogs (up to 8 pets) individually. It feeds all your pets keeping each one away from each other’s food. A special feature shows you a light to warn if your cat is eating too little (possible sign of illness).

I recommend this automatic feeder:

  • If your cat eats too fast (by setting Portion Control which shuts down compartments if your cat eats too fast)
  • If you want to feed more than one cat, controlling the intake of each other.
  • If you want to stop your chubby cat from stealing the other cat’s food.
  • If you have a dog and a cat and want to stop them from eating each other’s food.
  • If you need to put your cat (or cats) on a loss weight diet. FULL REVIEW

 

7. PETSAFE 5 MEAL ELETRONIC PET FEEDER  3+ Stars Rating

Petsafe 5 Meals

Petsafe 5 Meals

This automatic feeder serves up to 5 meals by day. The first tray has a cover to protect the food and it is served at present time.

This is a unique device because it is a dish feeder with digital timer, which gives you accuracy in times.  The digital timer allows you to set feeding schedule with one hour between each meal.

This feeder is ideal for any type of cat and especially for:

  • To use it during the day if your cat eats 3 or more times a day.
  • To use it for multiple days with 1 or 2 meals by day.
  • For diabetic cats. FULL REVIEW

 

8. BERGAN PETITE GOURMET FEEDER & WATERER  4+ Stars Rating

Bergan Petite Combo

Bergan Petite Combo

These feeder and waterer are very sturdy units which is good because they offer good stability. The Bergan Petite feeder works through gravity, which means it does not work with timers so you cannot set a feeding schedule for your pet. This feeder+waterer combo is ideal for:

  • Feeding and supplying water to two cats.
  • To be used indoors, not exposing the feeder and waterer to external elements.
  • For cats that don’t have feeding schedule.
  • If you don’t have your cat on a diet, you just want to eliminate the task of pouring food every day to a feeder. FULL REVIEW

 

9. BERGAN PET FEEDER TRAVEL  4+ Stars Rating

Bergan Pet Feeder Travel

Bergan Pet Feeder Travel

Bergan Pet Feeder Travel has a special design to feed your pet when you are traveling. With this unique system you can feed your cat and continue your travel, that easy.

The feeder features a snap-on lid and a rotating bowl that you can swing open to feed your cat and swing it shut when your pet is done eating. The unit keeps the food fresh and free of contamination.

With a handle on the lid the feeder is easy to carry without spilling food and you can control how much the bowl gets filled by how far you open the bowl. The Bergan Travel feeder is suitable for:

  • Cats and small pets
  • Pets not obsessed with food
  • For travels. FULL REVIEW

 

10. CROWN MAJESTIC DIAMOND SERIES V2 PET FEEDER  3+ Stars Rating

Crown Majestic is a pet feeder that allows you to feed your cat and at the same time to supply a water station system, attached to the feeder . This automatic pet feeder is suitable for dogs and cats and has a maximum capacity of 4.4 Lbs of dry food with the extended transparent container. The feeder has a special voice recording system so you can call your pet to eat when you are not home.

In order to assemble the unit, you don’t need to use tools. This automatic pet feeder works with or without the water dispensing system.

This automatic feeder is recommended for:

  • Smart cats obsessed with food.
  • Cats on a diet if they eat 2 times a day, every 12 hours.
  • Feeding two cats if they eat 4 times a day, every 6 hours. FULL REVIEW.

 

11. CAT MATE C10 AUTOMATIC CAT FEEDER  3+ Stars Rating

Cat Mate C10

The Cat Mate C10 is an automatic pet feeder with a very simple concept that allows you to feed your cat one meal at a selected time. It works with an analog timer and the meal can be programmed within a 24 hours period.

  • This automatic feeder is perfect for:
  • Docile cats that won’t try to break into the unit.
  • Pets with specific regular meal in a diet.
  • As a complement to other automatic feeding systems.
  • Feed 2 cats one meal if they can eat together. FULL REVIEW

 

12. CAT MATE C20 AUTOMATIC PET FEEDER 3+ Stars Rating

catmatec20

Automatic cat feeder designed to feed one or two pets when you are away from home for some days. This food dispenser has two compartments where food is kept fresh by ice packs located underneath of the trays.  I recommend this feeder for:

  • Feeding a docile cat (not obsessed with food)
  • Feeding two cats with two meals by day if they can eat together from the same tray.
  • Feeding your pet moist and dry food. FULL REVIEW

 

13. ERGO AUTO PET FEEDER  3+ Stars Rating

Medium ErgoThis automatic pet feeder comes in small, medium and large size for different sized pets and pellets. The Ergo Auto Pet feeder allows you to feed your cat up to 8 times by day, each meal can be set with its own measurement (e.g. big breakfast and small dinner). With its digital timer, you can program each meal to go from a few kibbles (5 or 6 kibbles) up to cups of dry food at a time. This automatic feeder is recommendable if you want to:

  • Feed your cat several times a day (up to 8).
  • Feed your pet a different portion for each meal (for example, big breakfasts and small dinners).
  • Customize a feeding schedule for your cat (e.g. feeder releasing food only on the weekends).
  • Feeding multi-cat households
  • Put your cat on a diet. FULL REVIEW

 

14. PERFECT DINNER PET FOOD DISPENSER 3+ Stars Rating

perfectdinnerThis automatic food dispenser can be set to dispense up to 3 meals by day with a minimum of ¼ cup of dry food and up to 1.5 cups at a time. The programming is simple through the large LCD panel where you choose amounts of food to be dispensed and times according to your cat needs.

It is easy to assemble, putting together basically 3 pieces and ready to go.

I recommend this cat food dispenser for cats that:

  • Are not overweight
  • Are docile, not obsessed with food or determined to get extra food from the hopper.
  • Feeding two cats.  FULL REVIEW

 

15. CAT MATE C3000 AUTOMATIC DRY FOOD DISPENSER 3+ Stars Rating

This automatic feeder allows you to feed your pet if you are home or leave the backup setting when you are away. This unit works just with batteries. I recommend this food dispenser, especially:

  • For cats that eat 1/2″ diameter size pellet food. This feeder is accurate in dispensing food, if using the appropriate pellet’s size.
  • If your pet is used to a feeding schedule up to 3 times by day. FULL REVIEW

 

16. PETMATE LE BISTRO PET AUTOMATIC FEEDER BLACK 3+ Stars Rating

Petmate Le Bistro 5 pounds Black

Petmate Le Bistro Black

This cat food dispenser is a programmable feeder which dispenses  food portions up to 3 times per day. The portion range is from ¼ to 3 cups per serving, so you can set small amounts of food at a time and also bigger portions. If you get this feeder, use it under these conditions:

  • If you don’t have a feeding schedule for your pet.
  • If your cat is not overweight.
  • If you don’t mind your cat reaching extra food from the nozzle. FULL REVIEW

 

 

17. LENTEK-6 DAY AUTOMATIC CAT FEEDER 3+ Stars Rating

Lentek 6-day automatic feeder dish is designed for your pet to get six meals when you are not home, one of them served at present time. This unit has 6 slots and each one holds 2/3 cup of dry food or 5-1/2 Oz. of wet food. This feeder has to be used under these conditions:21YO9z1L2hL._SL160_

  • If you are willing to set the feeder with a minimum of 6 hours in advance of feeding time (it doesn’t have clock as just works with intervals).
  • If you don’t want to use it for long periods away from home.
  • If your cat is docile, not a smart “locksmith” type pet. FULL REVIEW

 

18. LARGE CAPACITY AUTOMATIC PET FEEDER 3+ Stars Rating

This food dispenser has a pet proof lock on the lid that protects the food from your cat, especially if your pet is always trying to get extra food. cat feeder blackYou can also record a customized personal message for your pet to call it when eating time comes.

This food dispenser has also an alarm that sounds when feeding schedule expires. It has a LCD clock easy to read, microphone built-in, speaker and indicator when battery is low. This feeder could work only if :

  • You use at least ½” diameter size pellet food.
  • You don’t mind re-programming the feeder every time you turn it off.  FULL REVIEW

 

19. 6-MEAL LCD AUTOMATIC CAT FEEDER 3+ Stars Rating

This dish food dispenser has microphone, speaker and low battery indicator that allows you to make sure your feeder will work. It has programmable feeding sequences up to 6 meals by day.Feeder

You can record a personal message calling your pet to eat and if your cat is food driven, a new design lid lock keeps the food safe.

This dish feeder is special for:

  • Feeding a docile cat
  • Feeding your pet moist and dry food
  • Feeding your diabetic cat.
  • Feeding a cat on a diet. FULL REVIEW

 

20. CAT MATE C50 AUTOMATIC CAT FEEDER 3+ Stars Ratingcat mate c50

The automatic dish feeder serves up to 5 meals with a rotating lid system and 5 slots where you can put moist or dry food. The first meal is served at present time and it is covered by a lid.

The Cat Mate C50 works with analog timer and you can setup feeding times with a minimum of 4 hours between each meal, with 90-hours total range meal time program.

The unit works with 1 AA battery (not included) FULL REVIEW.

 

Petmate Infinity

Petmate Infinity

21. PETMATE INFINITY CAT FEEDER 3+ Stars Rating

This cat food dispenser is programmable to dispense 1, 2 or 3 meals per day. You can customize the feeding schedule according to your needs, programming, for example, the time for your cat to get breakfast, lunch and dinner .

The Petmate Infinity dispenses from ¼ cup to 2 cups of dry food at a time.

The hopper has a large capacity of 5 lb of dry food. The bowl is removable and dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. FULL REVIEW.

 

22. WONDER BOWL SELECTIVE PET FEEDER 3+ Stars Rating

Wonder Bowl Selective Pet Feeder

Wonder Bowl Selective Pet Feeder

Wonder Bowl automatic feeder works with infrared technology that allows the unit to open the lid only to the pet that is wearing the unique tag on its collar.

This automatic feeder is suitable for multi-pet households and to feed cats on a prescription diet. The unit includes a unique tag for the pet you want to feed.

Wonder Bowl operates with 3 D-cell batteries and also can be plugged in with AC adapter (not included). FULL REVIEW

 

23. PETSAFE 2-MEAL AUTOMATIC PET FEEDER  3+ Stars Rating

Petsafe 2-meal Pet Feeder

Petsafe 2-meal Pet Feeder

Petsafe 2-meal allows you to feed your pet two meals within 24 hours or one meal every 24 hours or whenever time you want to program the unit up to 48 hours length in advance. Minimum interval between each meals is 2 hours.

Each tray has 1.5 cups capacity to hold dry food. The Petsafe 2-meal is designed to feed dry food but some customers have managed to use it with wet food, freezing the food before placing it on the trays.

The Petsafe 2-meal is easy to use, you have to fill the compartments with food and set the meal time on each tray, according to the times you want your cat to eat. The unit uses 1 AA battery that lasts approximately one year. FULL REVIEW

 

This website was created to help you on the adventure of feeding automatically your loved pet. We hope our content is useful for you and if so, we are very happy to accomplish our goal!

We are growing in our reviews spectrum and now with information about other pet products such as litter boxes and cat food.

We will make much more reviews in the near future to help you decide what is the best for your pet in different products.

 

Comments or suggestions are very welcome!

 

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68 Responses to “Cat Food Dispensers Reviews 2014”

  1. Roger says:

    Very informative article, might just have to invest in one of those gadgets for our two. They seem permanently hungry at the moment.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      If you have two felines and they can eat together, I recommend the Automatic Feeder Combo CSF-3XL 1.8 Gal. Just adapt the nozzle with two dispensing directions and put two bowls. It is a perfect solution because it can be set with several times a day of dispensing (up to 8) so you can feed them both at the same time. You can set the time for feeding them too, making your own schedule :-)

  2. Pat McConaha says:

    I have 3 felines in our house if you count my wife, Kat. lol For the other two pets, the automatic feeder would be a great idea. Especially for our big kitty, SARGE! He is LARGE and in Charge! Would be a good time for him to go on a diet before he is as big as a lion.

  3. Pilotman28 says:

    The Le Bistro it seems has been “enhanced” since the last review on here. There is a flap which will prevent a cat from reaching up the chute to the food. Also the top and hopper seem to be much more securely fastened to the base than previous models.

    As for portion control yes it does over feed with small pellets but only by about 2 tablespoons. For the price difference I think I can live with that and just feed my cat fewer times a day.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Thank you very much for your contribution Pilotman. The nozzle problem was very usual in lots of customers and it is good to know they have fixed that problem. My ultimate goal is to help people not waste money in something it won`t work for them. About portion problems, if your cat is not overweight or diabetic, it makes totally sense what you say, especially if your cat is active and can eat little extra food from the feeder. I will begin to investigate Le Bistro again to make a new review. Thanks again for your input!

  4. Nora says:

    I need to feed one cat often and not let the others access his food. Since I’m away at work all day, I was wondering if there was a feeder that would open only when that cat went to it, via a signal from a collar, for example, and would close after he leaves. They have this kind of thing for cows in barns where they can move around. Have you ever seen a feeder like this for cats?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Nora, thank you for your question. Soon I will add reviews for this type of situations because they happen very often. So far I have investigated one feeding system that works with collar, but it has horrible reviews so I would not even mention it to you. But I have seen customers with your same problem finding solutions with electromagnetic cat flaps which allows you to separate the cat that does not eat from the others. You will see a page with several brands here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dpets&field-keywords=animate%20electromagnetic%20cat%20door

      So far is the best solution for this problem. I hope my answer helps you. Good luck!

      Update: an excellent automatic pet feeder that resolve this problem is the “Wireless whiskers” that works with ID in the cats collar and opens only after recognizing one particular cat from the other. You can find the link here of this great feeder.

  5. Joe says:

    Hi,

    Your reviews of the Cat Mate products are very helpful, but before I try the Cat Mate auto feeder, do you have any recommendations for an even better product for wet food? My two cats are strictly wet food eaters, and I have no idea if my they would be aggressive about raiding and disabling the feeder; I think they are more likely to be frightened by whatever noise it makes. In any case, I’d plan on buying two so they wouldn’t compete for the food once the tray opens. Are there any higher rated feeders that also have some system for keeping wet food fresh?

    Thanks!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Joe, thanks for your question. Before an answer, how many times do you feed your cats by day? and the other question is: what is the length of period do you want to feed your cats? (example, 2 times a day within 10 hours or 3 times a day within 24 hours, etc.) Thanks!

  6. stuart says:

    I have one cat that needs some treats through the night ,not a feed ,so do you know of any cat dispensers that just give out a small handful of dry food rather than 1/4 or 1/3 of a cup

  7. Dr John Freemantle says:

    If a cat has diabetes he or she shouldn’t be eating dried food! Dried food has far too much grain: this is what probably caused the diabetes in the first place.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Thank you for your comment John. If you notice all the automatic feeders I recommend for cats with diabetes are the one for feeding moist food and not for dry food.
      Anyway, to figure out what is the best type of food (if dry or moist food) is completely decision of the cat owner based in their searching about this topic. But if they decide to feed dry food their diabetic cats whether because availability of dry cat food for diabetic cats or any other reason, they will find useful information in my website.
      Thank you again for your input, I am sure cat owners will appreciate it.

  8. Lara says:

    Hi Lorena
    Just came across your site when looking to find a dispenser our Burmese cats can’t break into while we aren’t there. One is what you would call a locksmith cat – not only does he knock out the flap on the 6-MEAL LCD AUTOMATIC CAT FEEDER ★★★ but he can somehow remove the whole cover and access the food below. He is also a guts who will push our other cat out of the way to eat his food too.
    What would you recommend for two cats, where one is very sneaky, determined and obsessed with food?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Lara, thank you for your question. It is hard to feed two cats at once when one of them is obsessed with food because usually the one that is food driven eats the other cat’s food before the docile one finish its meal. My suggestion is to use an automatic pet feeder especially designed to resolve this problem. It is the “Wireless Whiskers” automatic feeder which works with wireless ID in the cat collar and allows you to feed your 2 pets individually without problems because it opens only when it recognizes each pet. You can find in this link this great feeder.

      I hope I could help you!

  9. sarah reves says:

    You need to review Petfeedster!

    I bought a Petfeedster in April 2011 and have used it everyday since. It can be used for cats or dogs; we have a cat. It is an ingenious, well-designed device that is versatile, efficient, and effective. It has been well worth every penny of the $199 I paid two years ago. It now sells directly from the manufacturer at $249. The flex feeder assembly has worn out after two years; I ordered it online for only $25 plus S&H.

    We can sleep in or stay out late without worrying about Tiger going hungry. We can go out of town for a few days and have a neighborhood petsitter come change the catbox and play with Tiger at his/her convenience without worrying about Tiger getting fed twice a day at inconvenient times.

    It has a battery-powered back up system to prevent loss of function in a power outage. It can be set up to feed as many as 5 times per day using dry food from ⅛” to ¾” size pieces.

  10. Steve Whelan says:

    Hello Lorena
    We noticed that Wireless Whiskers had disappeared from the 2013 Reviews. We had some technical issues with this listing disappearing on Amazon, and maybe you thought it was no longer available. This problem has been resolved and I hope we can be added back to the 2013 review, as you did an excellent job describing our product for your subscribers. Thank you.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Thanks for your contact Steve. Exactly, I thought the product was not available anymore. I will put the review back.

      Thank you.

  11. Deb says:

    I’ve had three automated (dry) feeders and all three have the same problem. The food occasionally gets stuck and doesn’t come out. I don’t see the feeders we have listed here but we got them at PetSmart. The problem is the food size and I can’t find small sized kibble food. Most bags of food don’t show what the food looks like. One cat I feed $$ prescription food which is perfect small pellets but I don’t want to feed that to the other cats.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Deb, thanks for your comment.
      What happened to you commonly occurs with automatic cat feeders and it is hard to adjust the kibble size to their systems. The main reason why the food gets stuck is because most automatic feeders use a “screw type” system to push the food out causing in some cases the damage of the gear drive and this means the feeder won’t dispense food. My suggestion is using a unit that works with roll and baffle system and this way the food won’t get stuck.
      The feeders that work this way are the ones you can program the portions by setting how long the feeder will dispense the food. For example, one second setting means the feeder will dispense 7 kibbles in that second. Example of this is the Super Feeder.

      For your cat with prescription I recommend the Wireless Whiskers that works by gravity and it has a door that blocks the food and opens or shuts by wireless contact with a collar that you cat wears.

      My personal suggestion for you it is the Wireless Whiskers for your cat with prescription and the Super Feeder or a second Wireless Whiskers for the other (others) cat(s).

      Hope I could help you Deb and good luck!

  12. Angela says:

    What do you recommend as a wet food feeder for my cat? I want to feed him wet food twice through the day when I’m gone about four hours apart. I want to make sure that it has some type of a cooling feature on it. Is the cat mate c20 The only one you know of that offers the ice pack feature? Have you heard anything from other people about how effective this is like keeping the food fresh?
    Thank you!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Angela, thanks for your question. If you want to feed your cat twice a day moist food with 4 hours apart the C20 is a good solution because each lid has its own timer and you can set up the times at anytime you want. Plus, the ice packs lose the coolness from 6 to 10 hours, depending on the climate you live. A good tip to keep the moist food even fresher is to place it frozen on the trays plus the ice packs underneath the feeder.

      The other alternative is the C50 that has 5-meal-capacity, one of them to be eaten at present time but is not practical since the ice packs lose the coolness in about the same time between 6-10 hours so it would not be worth to fill the 5 trays with moist food. This solution is more practical for people that feed the pet more than 2 times a day wet food.

      Note that cats can smell the food from these feeders, especially wet food so you have to make sure your cat is not so obsessed with food, it is a “good boy or girl”. Cats are very unpredictable when it comes to feed them automatically.

      Hope I could help you!

  13. MG says:

    Hi, I’m wondering if the C50 will work with wet food only for two days in a row if it is frozen first? My cat needs to be fed wet food only twice a day, but it would be easier if my pet sitter only had to come every other day. Just wondering if the food will still be okay on the second day if it starts out frozen. If not, do you have another recommendation for a wet-food only cat? Thanks.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello MG, thanks for your question. How long the ice packs last and how long the frozen food lasts will depend of the weather where you live and the room temperature. If we consider an average temperature room (approx. 70°F) and if you use canned wet food and you freeze it before and place it on the trays without spreading it, the 3rd meal might still be OK for your pet consumption. However, I am not sure about the 4th one. Consider that the ice packs melt within 4 to 10 hours depending on the weather, still keeping the coolness though.

      If you don’t want to waste the money buying something it might not work, maybe it is a good idea to do a test first. If you have ice packs on your freezer use them underneath any plastic container with a lid. Place the wet food there and cover it with the lid and wait 48 hours and then check the condition of the food. That way you will make sure the device will work fine, according to what you want.

      I hope I could help you and good luck!

  14. Marc C. says:

    There seems to be a large price difference between these products.

    The CSF Super Feeder seems like the best bet in terms of reliability.

    Yet, at less than 1/2 the price is the PetMate LeBistro design any better these days?

  15. Marc C. says:

    Edit – Sorry, I did some further reading on Petsmart. Recent reviews seem to continue to blast the LeBistro feeder for the poor trap door design and improper portion release.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Marc, thanks for your question. Yes, the CSF-3 Super Feeder is one of the most reliable feeders. And the Petmate Le Bistro has some issues like the one you just described. I would recommend that device only if you want to feed several cats where the daily dispensing amount is not a big issue and where none of the cats are obsessed with food.

  16. Fernando says:

    Hi. Thank you for your reviews and information. It is very interesting.
    I have a single indoor cat that is fed dry food during the day (left out for her to eat when ever she wants) and a wet meal once a night, around 8pm.
    What automatic feeder would you recommend for us going on vacation for up to 7 days? Is there any product out there that automatically keeps the wet food cold and fresh and simply pushes it out at a set time? Of course if it could also push out dry food once a day (say in the morning) and even cover the lid of the old food would be great! We have ant problems here being in the tropics too. Thank you

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Fernando, thanks for your question. If you are in the tropic climate I am afraid that there is not any device that can keep wet food fresh for 7 days. Any ice pack melts and loses the coolness within 6-10 hours depending on the climate. For wet food I would recommend you the Cat Mate C20 but this device would feed your cat 2 and maybe 3 of the 7 days. And you have to use it with the follow instructions: Putting frozen canned wet food without spreading it on the tray and with the ice packs of the Cat Mate C20. And this would work as I said, only for 2 or 3 days at the most.

      Regard dry food I can suggest you the Super Feeder which can be programmed to dispense food according to the schedule you need for your cat and it is a very reliable feeder. The Super Feeder can be programmed up to 7 days as well.

      So my suggestion is to feed your cat dry and wet food the first 2 days and then only dry food. Or only dry food the whole time. It is also important that you ask somebody to check on your cat after a couple of days because 7 days alone it is too long for leaving a cat alone at home.

      I hope I could help you and good luck Fernando.

  17. Eva says:

    I am the owner of one very hungry cat who likes to make her point of ‘I want food’ very early in the morning (and pretty much all throughout the day). She is on a (more or less permanent) diet of three feeding times a day. I am pretty sure she would violently attack any feeder, so I just want to know which ones are really really sturdy and which ones I am able to get because I live in the Netherlands and not many are available. I am considering to buy a Cat Mate product (either the C50 or the C3000) because that is almost the only available brand here in the Netherlands. Is this a good idea? Should I try to import another one for guaranteed success?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Eva, thanks for your question. I think the Cat Mate C3000 will work OK for you if you manage to keep your cat away from the lid and the nozzle like this smart solutions from current customers. Smart cats can move the lid off and also get extra food from the nozzle with this feeder. And if you use small size pellet (1/4″ diameter size) make sure to setup the feeder in smaller amounts than you really need because the accuracy is not 100% with small pellets. If you do all this you should be fine with this feeder.

      A second suggestion is somehow to get the Super Feeder which is more reliable, accurate and it works better with small round pellets. The advantage of this unit is that you can connect it to a home automation system for a better control of the unit being away from home and you can also mount this feeder into a wall to keep your cat from reaching the food. You can see examples of this on this picture http://super-feeder.com/CSF-3XLGUTTERsmall.jpg

      I hope I could help you, and good luck!

      PS: I forgot to mention if you buy the Cat Mate C3000 you have to buy the voltage converter for Europe. If you decide to buy the Super Feeder, do not buy it online, contact directly the supplier and they will tell you how to proceed. Here you can find more information about that http://www.super-feeder.com/qanda.html

  18. TJ says:

    Hi,
    Nice website! I am currently looking into automatic feed systems, and I think I prefer one that is accessible through an app.
    I was wondering what you think of the feed&go and the Petnet SmartFeeder.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      I have not made reviews of those automatic feeders yet but I will keep them in mind for a review to help our readers. Thanks for the collaboration.

  19. Amanda says:

    Hi,
    I am looking for a feeder for my two cats. I live in Canada and I was wondering you have any recommendations for Canadians buying. I don’t have an issue ordering from the USA but I don’t want to have to dish out extra money for duties and such at customs. I have been considers the Pet Feedster and the Perfect Petfeeder.

  20. James says:

    What product would you recommend for a cat that is awakening it’s owner every morning at 6am crying to be fed? She is fed twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. Thanks for help.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello James, if you want your cat to eat a healthy amount of food daily, let’s say 1/2 or 3/4 cup by day, you have to buy an automatic feeder with the ability to dispense this amount of food by day distributed in more than 2 meals by day. This way your cat will be able to eat more than 2 times a day, adding the 3rd meal at 6 am without exceeding the recommended intake for an adult cat. The other feature you need to look for is the ability to customize the meal-times you want to set for your cat.

      Automatic feeders that accomplish this are: Pet Feedster, Super Feeder, Ergo Pet Feeder. Another alternative is the dish shaped Petsafe 5 Meal. These automatic feeders are reliable and the best in the market. Good luck James!

  21. Wendy says:

    Hi – I wonder if you can help. I have two quite sick cats who are on a strict raw food diet (wet only). One is food focused and will push the other out of the way to eat her food also.

    I need to find a way to feed them when I am stuck late at work. I am based in London, UK.

    I looked at buying two of the wireless whiskers but that is dry food only and not available in the UK anyway.

    Any thoughts?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Wendy, I don’t see in the UK automatic wet food feeders what work with tags but you can create a special feeding station with microchip flap for the cat that does not get to eat. You can see my post about it.

      This is a very good solution because it’ll completely stop the cat from stealing the other cat food. Good luck!

  22. Sarah says:

    LOVE your site. THANK you for doing this.
    I’m searching for one to feed two elderly cats wet food. I don’t want plastic bowls. Ideally, it would be programmable and/or have a motion sensor, would have glass, ceramic, or stainless dishes, and could take an ice pack. Message-recording is a nice feature, but lower on my list. (btw, If it runs on a battery and I did go away, I’d set up a kittycam to be sure it kept working, and call in an emergency human if it failed.)
    Can you help?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Sarah, with the requirements you ask so far there is one model, the Wonder Bowl, I have not made a review of this product yet but you can see details of this automatic feeder here. It has infrared technology to detect each cat and an insert stainless steel bowl. It has low battery indicator as well, but it does not have ice pack.

      Another choice is the Petsafe 5 Meal which does not have ice pack underneath but current customers have found good ideas how to use it to keep the wet food fresh and also ideas for cats with allergy to plastic. You can see more details of this in my review.

      Good luck!

  23. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much! I’ll check them out!

  24. Jamie says:

    I have a question about feeding my cat. With all the stir about wet and dry food, I recently started to give my cat both. She is 13 years old, 17 lbs. female. I have been feeding her a 1/4 cup of dry kibble in the a.m. and 1.5 oz. of canned food in the evening. I switched to diet kibble in the feeder (a.m.) but it hasn’t began to dispense as of yet. She has arthritis in her front legs I know from the weight. I don’t want to make her sick by not feeding her enough and also not make her sick by feeding her to little. Thank you so much for your help and LOVE your site!!!
    Thank you!
    Jamie and T. <<<< the cat :)

  25. Jamie says:

    In 2 days she lost 3 ounces. Wow that kinda scares me. I know its a good diet but I think to much toooo fast! I added 1.5 oz wet food in the a.m. with the 1/4 kibble and 1.5 oz wet food in the evening.

    Thank you :)

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Jamie, a rapid weight loss could be dangerous for a cat. A good rate for a cat to lose weight is about 1-2% of its body weight per week. When cats lose weight too fast is highly likely the weight will come back once the diet is over. Also, some cats could experience liver disease and even failure due to hepatic lipidosis. My suggestion is you to register your cat weight loss in a week and check if this fits in that rate.

      My best recommendation is taking your cat to the Vet and make a diet plan with him for your cat to lose weight safely.

      I am happy you like my site :-) thank you for your visit. Good luck!

  26. Jamie says:

    My cat is very mean :( She hisses and spits and gets mad!!! She will even bite me when others are around. She is fine with me as long as no one else is near us :(She doesn’t like anyone other than me. The Vet is scared of her (even have a mobile vet) and she has the option to be put her to sleep but, at age 13 the vet does not want to do that. I discussed a plan with the vet a while back and she told me to start at 1/2 cup of Kibble a day.:( My Vet will visit and see her on occasion but she always gives me a discount because she can never perform a full test on her :( Your site is great and I love that you reply to us :)
    Big hugs :)
    Jamie and T.

  27. Jamie says:

    I figured up 1% and I am a bit confused. She weights 16.7 if I take that times 1% I get 0.167 is that ounces?

    That would equal 16 ounces? Which would equal a pound? Thanks so sorry to be a bug!

    Jamie and T.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Jamie, you can extract that percent from your cat’s current weight so you go: 16.7/1.01=16.53 this will make your cat lose 2.72 ounces by week (0.17 pounds). If this seems to little for you, you can go up to 2% in which case you go: 16.7/1.02=16.37 and this way your cat will lose 5.28 ounces by week (0.33 pounds). This is a safe and healthy rate for your cat to lose weight, especially considering she is old and has arthritis. Hope I could help you and good luck Jamie :-)

  28. Jamie says:

    Wow my other bad subject math :) lol! How do you get
    2.72 out of 16.53? I was good with the 1.01 then I got lost. Is there something I am missing. Sorry! Thank you so much :)

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hi Jamie, you go 16.70-16.53 and the difference in pounds (0.17) go to a converter to ounces and you will get the 2.72 ounces. It is the way I did it since I am more used to kilos lol! Good luck!

  29. Lesley says:

    I was just about to order the Pet Feedster online, but it’s out of stock! Is there another feeder of similar quality (specifically portion control – I’d love to feed very small portions throughout the day), that also has the battery back up? I live in an area where the power goes out frequently when it rains. I’m very surprised the CSF models don’t have this option…

    FYI – I currently have a Le Bistro which worked OK for a couple years (except that the portion control was not great), and now my cat is obsessively beating it to get extra food out. But I really like the battery option so I don’t have to worry about the power going out and disrupting the food supply.

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Lesley, the only automatic feeder that is able to work with both AC adapter and batteries at the same time is the Pet Feedster. This automatic feeder will be available on the end of June I understand.
      The Super Feeder is an excellent automatic feeder too and if you experience constant power outages the Super Feeder is able to dispense normally as soon as the power is restored and that is why it is a good idea to program the Super Feeder with several small meals by day, up to 8.
      If the power outages you experience in your area last a long time (more than 10 hours) I suggest you to wait for the Pet Feedster.

      • Lesley says:

        Thank you for your reply Lorena. I think we’ll wait for the Feedster just to be safe… but good to know about the Super Feeder.

        • Lorena Ávila says:

          No problem Lesley, if you have any other question don’t hesitate to visit me. Glad to help you. :-)

  30. Gina says:

    Hi,

    I was looking for a feeder for my son’s cat so I’ll get to see him more often. His cat always eats until the bowl is empty so they have to spread her feedings out during the day. I have sent them this link so they can choose for themselves. Thank you!
    One question I had though was about kibble shape. All my life the dry food we’ve fed was shaped like stars, fish, triangles, Xs and so on. Yet your reviews talk about a round size, 1/4 or 1/2 inch. What do you recommend for dry food of various shapes and sizes?

    Gina

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Gina, for stars, fish or triangles shaped food I recommend automatic feeders that don’t use screw systems to push the food out because they get stuck most of the times.
      The Super Feeder has a different system so it does not get stuck and works with any size or shape of food. I recommend round 1/4″ diameter size food because the Super Feeder gets a better accuracy when dispensing with that size and shape. If using a different shape or size with the Super Feeder you simply have to program it through trial and error method till getting the exact amount needed. All sophisticated automatic feeders work like that because you don’ program them by cups or ounces, but by the time of the feeder releasing, for example, 1 minute of the feeder dispensing is equal to one cup of dry food.

      For any question don’t hesitate to ask me. Thanks for your input :-)

  31. Katie says:

    Hi,
    I have three cats who roam fields all day and don’t wear collars due to always loosing them and coming home with scratches on them, (there fine now), but is there a food bowl on the market which opens without having to use a sensor on their collar or timed at set parts of the day, as they come in and out when they please and I need to stop those horrible flies from getting into their feed bowls as one cat only likes to eat meaty jelly cat food,

    Katie

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Katie, I haven’t made a review of a product like that yet. I think all automatic cat feeders that cover completely the food have some automatic system to open. However, some time ago a follower of mine from England asked me about a feeder she knew it was sold in Italy and could not find the website. After a good researching I found the website and sent it to her. I think this feeder is distributed only in Europe so it’s sold in euros. The page it is in Italian but you can use a translator. In my opinion this is a good solution for what you need. Here’s the link. Maybe you can send them an email and ask. Good luck!

      Update: Hi again Katie! I came across to a new feeder with a system to open and close as the pet gets close to the unit. The brand is Sharper Image. I have not made a review yet, but you can take a look to this unit and see if you like it. You can see a customer’s video how it works here.

  32. Dean says:

    I bought the CSF-3 Superfeeder–it works great! I plugged it in with my Lowe’s Iris WiFi kit and I can now feed my cats dry food from anywhere in the world via WiFi or smartphone app. This is by far the BEST option on the market for dry cat food period.

    I have been trying to find a suitable feeder for canned cat food. Though I have not bought it yet, I did find a thermoelectrically cooled one from Germany called “Catsomat”.

    Perhaps you can review it someday. Thanks for your informative site.

    Dean

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      I am happy you have had a great experience with the Super Feeder, Dean. About Catsomat I checked it and it seems like a great device though, very expensive ($520). I will do a review of this device soon.

  33. Forest Rittgers says:

    I am trying to find an automatic feeder for wet cat food that my 12 lb cat can’t outsmart. Needs to handle at least 4 meals so that it only has to be filled daily. What is the best one you can recommend?

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Forest, wet cat food feeders generally are subject to be outsmarted by cats because they contain food with fresh and strong meat odor that is irresistible to cats. To me, a good option is the Petsafe 5-meal electronic pet feeder (though it does not have ice pack) because it has a digital timer which gives more accurate feeding times, it is sturdier than other wet food feeders and trays have a good capacity. The “Con” of this feeder is that it does not have ice pack underneath the trays but what customers have done is to freeze wet cat food cans and place them in the trays only spreading the first meal and this way they take longer to thaw and they last fresh longer as well, for about 10 hours. If your cat is too smart and tries to get food from the first covered tray, you can place the food in the second tray but this way your cat will have only 3 meals daily. Good luck!

  34. Forest says:

    Thanks. I’ve ordered one for a try. Your idea about freezing the food is especially good. Will let you (and others) know how this works out.

  35. Claudia says:

    I need to find an automatic feeder for dry cat food that has a good air-tight seal for the food hopper. I feed my 2 cats a grain free food with natural preservatives that has the downside of going stale some what quickly. My cats love the food when it’s fresh but won’t eat it as soon as they perceive it’s stale. So I want to find an automatic feeder that I can fill with just a few days worth of food at a time and has a good seal to keep it fresh. Which feeders do you think have containers with the best seal (on both lid and dispenser)? Also my cats are healthy and not overweight/food obsessive so I’m fine with getting a feeder with less accuracy on time and amount, and I don’t mind if is has a larger capacity than I need. Thanks for your help!

    • Lorena Ávila says:

      Hello Claudia, the Ergo Pet Feeder small size for cats has an airtight cover for the hopper to keep the food fresh. See my review of this product here. Good luck!

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