My cat, Antoinette, is a rescue. She tends to get anxious about little things, especially food. When her food bowl is empty she flips it upside down or drags it all over the place.
If I have to go out of town, my day is ruined trying to find someone I can trust enough to enter my apartment to feed her. An automatic feeder was the light at the end of my tunnel.
And here we are. I did my research, and here are my findings for the best 5 cat food dispensers.
Top 5: Auto Cat Feeder Machine Reviews
Product Image & Rating (Out Of 10)
This (DOGness Automatic WiFi Dog/Cat Smart Camera Feeder) is one of the very sophisticated versions of the regular cat food dispensers. It holds a little under 7 pounds of dry food. The owner needs to be sure that there is enough food in the dispenser for it to release it.
Otherwise, you can set up the dispenser by connecting it to your WiFi and downloading the app for it from the DOGNESS company. Then, you can program the machine by voice recording. In order for the unit to work, be sure that your network has a frequency of 2.4 Ghz.
It weighs just under 7 pounds and it can program a few meals per day. The lp camera allows you to see and speak to your pet. The unit comes in a choice of 5 different colors including Tiffany blue, blue/orange, pink, grey, and dark blue. The unit comes with 24/7 customer service.
This (WOpet Automatic Cat Feeder) is one of the top choices. After reading the features of this unit I wasn’t shocked at all that the ratings were so high. It offers the most features and yet its cost falls right in between the most and less expensive units.
It offers a ton of different things such as programmable meals (up to 4 per day) with portion control. This actually helps regulate feeding time, since you can keep the same schedule every day and get your cat used to it.
Your pet won’t feel anxious, like Antoinette, if you aren’t home on time, or if the bowl is empty.
Also, you can voice record a message for your pet when the food is dispensed, like “Here, Annie” or “Time to eat!” This unit does not need WiFi to operate, or an app to program the feeding. You can do everything right on the unit, which features a programmable LCD screen. The machine is both electric and battery operated, which is great, in case there’s a power outage. There is 24/7 customer service available for this product.
This (PetSafe Automatic Cat Feeder- 6.5L) is a very cool machine. It has everything you need, without getting on the fancy side of things. It has a huge container for dry food that holds up to 7 pounds of cat food, or a week’s worth. It has buttons for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It also has a timer as well as voice recording for you to “call” your cat to eat.
It is electric powered as well as battery powered. I have always said that this is a plus because if the power goes out, I am not at home, and the food bowls are empty, my cat gets very antsy. The backup battery power is definitely a plus. Its design is quite chic, and you can choose from 4 different colors. The white option is cheaper than the other colors, and may cost you about $65 dollars.
When it comes to cat feeders, this (PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Cat and Dog Feeder) is the “Cadillac” version of them all. This amazing feeder schedules up to 12 meals, portioned from ⅛ cup to 4 cups.
It has four different feeding intervals: slow feed option for fast eaters who like to wolf down their food, the immediate feed option that dispenses snacks, and the pause option, which holds off dispensing without messing up the original schedule.
It runs on 4 D-cell batteries, but you can purchase a power adapter from the company, separately. The unit holds about 24 cups of dry or semi moist food.
The unit has a panel with buttons that you can use to program the schedule. I like the slow feed option because Antoinette sometimes wolfs down her meals and then feels sick from eating so fast. So, she can get her food in smaller portions and then digest it little by little.
This (Iseebiz Automatic Cat Feeder) unit is very good. First, it is not shaped like a big, boxy machine, but it has a friendlier design that may even attract cats to it. My cat is scared of everything and anything that looks big makes her back off.
This design has a friendlier shape. It has an infrared sensor that makes the dispenser stop when the bowl is full. It has portion control, and it operates with batteries and via USB and wall charger. You could even plug the usb from your computer!
The container is designed to keep food fresh. I like this unit because of its design, most importantly. I also like that it has a dual power source, with the power adapter and batteries. Better still, all of this comes already with the unit.
The other thing I like most is the panel, which dispenses food by breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can also program portion weight, voice recordings, and time for feeding. It also has a manual button.
As you can see, you can purchase a very simple cat feeder for a low price. These dispensers operate with gravity, pushing down food from the main canister as it gets eaten. The only drawback with these units is that, the more your cat eats, the more food will be dispensed. If your pet is greedy, or eats just for the sake of eating, you run the chance of running out of food pretty quickly...and making them fat.
If you prefer to have more control over your cat’s feeding time, you may have to increase your budget and get a dispenser in the range of $60 to $150 dollars. The reason why these machines are more expensive is because they are not only automatic, but they can also control food portions, dispense food at specific times, and put you in charge of your pet’s feeding time, even when you are not around.
Most of the automatic dispensers feature a dispensing mechanism and a scheduler. The more sophisticated the machine, the more features it will have.
The top of the line units come with everything, from cameras to apps that can help you schedule your pet’s feeding time remotely. Most of the automatic units come with a voice recorder so that you can record yourself calling your cat to the dispenser. Other units have more specific options for feeding intervals.
The important thing is to get a unit that:
Now that you know which are my favorite cat food dispensers, let me tell you why I feel you should consider getting one as soon as you can.
It was a real game changer for me:
Our top Pick: DOGness Automatic WiFi Dog/Cat Smart Camera Feeder.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do Automatic Cat Feeders Work?
An automatic feeder is a food dispenser that releases portions of food at different time intervals that are usually set up by the pet’s owner.
How Much Is an Automatic Cat Feeder?
The prices of automatic cat feeders will depend on how sophisticated the machine is. You can get a “gravity-based” simple dispenser for around $14. These are the ones that will dispense food as the cat eats it. The more your cat eats, the more food it will push down.
You can also get programmable machines. These machines have timers that you can set up to dispense food at a specific time. These can cost anywhere from $45-$50 dollars at your local pet supplies store.
Now, you can also get the big daddy of all cat feeders. They come with voice recording capacity, timer, camera and WiFi capabilities where you can download an app to control the machine. Something this fancy can cost around $150-$180 dollars.
Is There an Automatic Cat Feeder for Wet Food?
Yes, there are both wet and dry cat food dispensers. They can be programmed manually or automatically. These dispensers normally come with dishwasher-safe bowls, and it is important that they get cleaned daily to avoid bacterial buildup. These dispensers cost anywhere from $30 to $45 dollars.
How Do You Set an Automatic Cat Feeder?
A programmable automatic cat feeder can be programmed by using the buttons that are right on the unit. However, those super powerful WiFi units can be programmed using the dispenser company’s app. The time intervals for programming are different on each machine, so do your research before you get your dispenser.
So, what are you waiting for? Select your favorite cat feeder and have fun with it. You will realize how much you have been missing out on each time you have to stop what you are doing just to run home to feed your pet. There has never been an easier time to be a pet parent!