What is an automatic pet feeder?
Many pet owners may not have heard there is such a thing as an automatic pet feeder. So here is a brief overview of what they are:
Some designs are as basic as a container that holds set amounts of pet food, mostly dry kibble type which let gravity do its job as and when the pet eats, more falls down to the bowl/dish. Then there are interactive toys, which owners can put dog food into, and the dog then has to try and push the toy around in order for the food to be released through the various outlets on it..and other designs are almost as tech savvy as one can imagine, with varying gadgets galore, with timers controlled by apps on mobile devices.
Some can only fulfil one meal, while others can do several meals for several days. There are automatic pet feeders that provide water as well as food too.
I can hear you asking “Why would I need an automatic pet feeder?”
Well, the answer to that question could be as diverse as the range of pet feeders currently on the market.
However, no one has enough time in a day to go through all the possible reasons as to “Why?” or indeed “Why not?” to get one, so i compiled some great information to help you make an informed choice, taking a few examples of automatic pet feeders available from various price points.
A few things to ask yourself first and foremost:
- Am I likely to be leaving my beloved pooch for longer period of time than normal, more than say once per week?
- Are there days where I need to set off to work earlier than normal?
- Does the commute to and from work fluctuate all the time?
- Is anyone else likely to be home before me to see to the dog/s?
There are different types of pet feeders, as I mentioned earlier.
For example the “Free flowing” type of pet feeder, where it is controlled by gravity, and the automated type, which is usually controlled by a timer or an app on a mobile device.
It sure is something to think about isn’t it? So, while you have a little think, let’s look at some of the items available within the differing price points, starting with lowest first..
Price under £15
DADYPET Dog Food Ball
This item is a Best Seller in its price range.
As well as being a food/treat dispenser, it is also an interactive product, giving dogs a bit of a cognitive workout too!
Suitable for all sizes of dogs, it’s guaranteed to keep your pet amused for hours.
Made from a strong, durable non-t toxic plastic it’s able to withstand rough and tough play without breaking.
PAWise Millster Pet Food Dispenser
This automatic pet feeder has a timing device which can be adjusted to a time within 48 hours
The feeder is made from food grade materials, which are harmless to the human body and pet. So that’s good to know.
To keep food fresh, you can add ice to the inner compartment.
Remember to order some AA batteries too, as they aren’t included.
Ferplast Azimut 600
This pet feeder can be used for either food or water! It also has anti-slip base to give it stability too!
The product is quite small so it’s best suited for smaller dogs (or even cats!).
It works well as a water dispenser so paired with PAWise above it makes a great feeding solution.
Price £15 up to £50
In this price category, there is a big jump as to what is available for our money.
One pet feeder that catches my attention in this price point is this one.. the key features are simply fantastic for the price. However, don’t take our word for it, take a look..
PetSafe Digital Two Meal Pet Feeder
Using an LCD Display and Digital Timer setting, meals can be programmed for up to 4 days in advance and also comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.
It’s Easy to clean as both dishes are eaily removable.
Unfortunately, this is another feeder that doesn’t include the 4 AA batteries it needs to work.
Automatic Pet Feeder by Iseebiz **Our Choice**
This automatic pet feeder takes feeding your dog (or cat) to the next level.
You can customise the whole feeding experience with this automatic pet feeder and even record your voice/call your pet at feeding times too. The IR Detection helps prevent the Dry food clogging up the machine.
This high tech device doesn’t use much energy either. Powered by 3 “D type” batteries, which aren’t included, the manufacturer claim it will work for more than 6 months.
If you’d prefer not to use batteries you can use the included power adapter and USB cable.
A true contender in this price point.
Navaris Automatic Food and Water Dispenser
2 in 1 automatic pet feeder with a timer also allows you to set a voice reminder to “remind pets that it’s their feeding time”.
This pet feeder allows up to 4 meals to be programmed, has 4 individual compartments and also allows the option of having water available too.
It is battery powered by 3 “D type” batteries, and yet again, they’re not included. If you don’t want to use batteries a power supply is included in the box.
£50 and over
Feed and Go Smart Pet Feeder With Webcam and WI-FI
This fantastic automatic pet feeder is packed with great features. It can connect via wi-fi to your home network in under a minute.
It has a built in webcam so you can keep an eye on your pet via any Smartphone, Inc iOS, Android or Windows.
It has 6 compartments, and you can set a one off feed or program a schedule.
And the as if that isn’t enough, this mains powered automatic pet feeder also works with both Wet and Dry dog food, or treats!
Wagz Smart Dog Feeder
Just when you thought you had seen it all …. take a look at this aptly named Smart feeder.
From your Smartphone, you can set up schedules and automatically feed your dog anytime, anywhere. It also includes a built in HD camera, allowing you to interact with your dog on the go.
It has a built in system to monitor the food level so it can reorder when the food is low. It also connects with Alexa skill so you can integrate alexa to check if your dog was fed!
So, the only question now that you have seen a selection of what is available is which one to buy?