If you want to automatically feed your pet, but don’t know how to choose a good pet food dispenser, this is the article you want to read. A lot of frustration and wasted money can be avoided by proper research before purchasing a product.
I drew up this list after reading many customer reviews, so you don’t have to do all that research – I already did it for you. By following these 8 tips you can be sure you’re getting a good solution for you and your pet:
Tip 1: Check if the automatic feeder has a digital timer that allows you to customize your cat feeding schedule.
If the digital timer allows you to customize times and frequencies you:
- Can program a customized feeding schedule for your cat.
- Have the ability of setting minimum intervals between each programmed meal if you want. For example some brands allow you to set 10 minutes between each meal if you want.
- Can set different intervals for one day of dispensing. This means you can, for example, set the first meal at 7 am, then the second one at 11 am, then the last one at 6 pm (1st interval of 4 hours, second interval of 7 hours).
- Having accuracy in the dispensing programmed times.
Tip 2: If you have your cat on a diet, check if the feeder allows you to feed your cat small amounts of food at a time.
For example, If you want your cat to eat half cup of food by day and no more, check if the feeder allows you to distribute this amount of food during the day in smalls meals at a time with accuracy. Currently, there are two options in automatic feeders that allow you to dispense very small amounts of food at a time, the CSF-3 Super Feeder and the Pet Feedster. And there is a very unique option of a feeder that shuts down its dispensing when your cat has reached the daily intake, that feeder is the Wireless Whiskers, perfect for cats on a diet.
Tip 3: Check whether the feeder is guaranteed to work with the pellet size you feed your cat.
Some automatic feeders don’t guarantee the correct amount of food dispensing when using a different pellet size than what they recommend. It is recommendable to choose a feeder that can handle a wide range of pellet sizes. The more sophisticated the feeder, the more sizes and shapes of kibbles can handle.
Tip 4: Check whether the feeder’s digital system retains the programmed information when you switch it off or change batteries.
This is specially important if you don’t like to be programming devices every time from scratch.
Tip 5: Check whether the feeder system can be violated by your cat.
Especially check whether the nozzle system is protected. Be sure to check this point if you have one of those “locksmith” type cats! For example, the CSF-3XL Super Feeder has a hopper and accessories to mount the feeder on the wall where it will be impossible for a cat to get access to the food.
Tip 6: Check if the automatic feeder works with batteries, has to be plugged in or if can work with both.
This is a very important point specially if you plan to leave your cat for several days because if the power goes out, an automatic feeder with battery backup will keep dispensing and your cat won’t starve.
Be careful because some automatic feeders can be plugged in and also have battery compartment, but they cannot work with both at the same time as backup. Example of this is the Crown Majestic. Example of a automatic feeder that can work with AC adapter and batteries at the same time as backup, is the Pet Feedster.
Tip 7: Quality of materials
It is worth to consider this point when you are searching for a good automatic feeder. This is important if you want to get a good product that lasts for a long time.
Tip 8: Check the warranty
To make sure you will be able to ask for refund, replacement or repair of your unit.
With these 8 tips you should be able to choose the right automatic feeder for your cat. Your pet will be very grateful and you will save yourself a big headache!