Some of you might be considering getting an automatic pet feeder but are not so sure about the benefits if any.
If you are a busy cat owner you will appreciate using these devices because they not only feed your pet but they give you some control over this feeding activity and other important advantages as follow:
1. It disassociates you from the food
Cats associate their owners with food and this association could be very annoying because cats demand food anytime when hungry or not so hungry. The most common situation of this is to be woken up at 5 or 6 AM in the morning with loud meows asking for food. If you need your rest you will really appreciate your cat to disassociate you from food.
Automatic pet feeders allow you to feed your pet without you being present and this means a lot when you need your time to sleep or just relax.
2. It takes care of feeding your cat while you are at work or on a trip
If you have to leave your cat alone at home while at work all you can do to feed your cat without an automatic feeder is leaving a bowl full of food for the rest of the day.
We all know cats are food lovers and they tend to eat all their food at once as soon as you leave it in the bowl so imagine how much your cat starves because he or she eats all the food in the morning. By the time you get home the poor cat will be loud and desperate asking for food.
An automatic cat feeder has the ability to dispense the amount of food you want your cat to eat throughout the day in several portions. This way your cat does not gorge all the food at once which is much healthier.
If you go on a trip the automatic feeder won’t replace the human care but if you get a good and reliable device as the Pet Feedster for example, you can ask the pet sitter to come to your house less often to check on your pet.
3. Control of Intake and Portions
If your cat is overweight or tends to eat too much, this is one of the best benefits of having an automatic cat feeder. If you love your cat as I know you do, you don’t want it to be fat because this creates a lot of health complications.
Automatic cat feeders allow you to control how much food your cat eats and you can accomplish that even while you are at work because the unit will only dispense the amount of food you have programmed to dispense during the day. You can control portions as well if you setup the feeder to dispense the food in 2,3, 4 or more parts/meals throughout the day, including snacks in between if you want.
With an automatic feeder you forget about measuring the food; the machine will do this job for you, every day.
Not all automatic cat feeders allow you to control healthy amounts of food and portions so you have to get a unit with this capability. Some good automatic feeders (dry food) to accomplish this, are the Pet Feedster and the Super Feeder. To feed wet food a good device is the Feed and Go and the Petsafe 5-meal.
4. Control of hours when to eat
If you want to set a feeding schedule for your cat, this is a very good advantage.
If you want a very personalized feeding schedule for your four legged furry friend, let’s say a very early breakfast at 5 am, main breakfast at 9 am, then lunch at 1 pm and another at 4 pm, to finish with dinner at 8 pm, for example, you can accomplish that by choosing the right automatic feeder that has this capability. You don’t want to choose the one that only works by intervals or with preset hours. You want to have a unit that can be programmed to feed your cat anytime you want and several times a day. Again on this list are the Pet Feedster, Super Feeder, Ergo pet Feeder, just to name some of them.
5. Control which pet eats the food
With some automatic feeders like the Wireless Whiskers you can control which pet will have access to the food. This is a very good benefit if you have:
- A cat with a prescription diet and more pets in the house
- A cat and a dog
- If one of your cats eats the other cat’s food.
Usually when two cats eat together, the dominating one does not leave the other cat to eat enough or maybe not eat at all. This situation could get really bad to the point of having the starving cat with risk of malnutrition. Fortunately, there are good solutions to keep your chubby cat away from the other’s food. See solutions for this here.
Getting an automatic cat feeder could be a blessing if choosing the right one.