Best Automatic Cat Feeder (2018)

By Kate Hendricks | Pets

Apr 17
Cat Feeder

An automatic cat feeder is the perfect solution if you can’t always be home at the right time to feed them. If you want to make sure your pet is getting access to the right amount of food, at the right time, buying a feeder is a great idea.

There are a wide range of models on the market, with many different features and price points. This guide will answer your questions and help you choose the right one to buy. Your cat will thank you for it!

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Types of Automatic Cat Feeders

WiFi – Cat feeders that are operated via WiFi have the ability to schedule and control the feeding times and quantities of meals via an app installed on your smartphone. Most feeders have apps for both Android and Apple devices.

Timers – Many feeders have a timing feature that enables you to set the intervals or times of feeding your pet.

Chip Operated – These are ideal for households that have more than one pet. The feeder works by only opening for the cat with the programmed in chip number.  

Features to Consider Before Buying

Customized Feeding Schedule – Your feeder should have the ability to be fully customizable according to your routine. Make sure you can set it to feed at the times and intervals you need.

Maximum Feed Sizes – Ensure you can feed the right amount to your cat. Check the maximum capacity for each meal.

Durability – It is vital that your feeder cannot be compromised by a food motivated cat! Once they know where the food is coming from they will try every trick in the book to prise the food out before schedule. Check the feeder you buy is very robust and durable and cannot be easily broken in to.

Power – The ideal solution is one that runs from the mains electrics but has a battery back up ability in case there is a power cut.

Cost – It is true that you get what you pay for and this is definitely the case with automatic cat feeders. There are budget feeders that might suit your needs but do consider that these might be easier for your cat to get in and likely to be made out of plastic.

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Feed and Go Automatic Pet Feeder

The Feed and Go Automatic Pet Feeder is the gold standard when it comes to feeding your pet. It is an incredibly versatile feeder that enables you to feed your cat wet food, dry food, treats or medication.

The feeder is connected up to your home Wi-Fi home network giving you the ability to control and monitor your cat’s feeding schedule from an app on your smartphone. What really sets the Feed and Go apart from other feeders is the built in Webcam allowing you to see your pet from your phone, no matter where you are. The peace of mind that this provides for you, the pet owner, is priceless.

The Feed and Go is reliable and flexible, allowing you to set up a one time feed, or multiple feeds (it has 6 separate compartments holding up to an 8oz cup size), depending how long you are going to be away. The Feed and Go is compatible with any Smartphone device, tablet or computer, including iOS, Android and Windows.

The Feed and Go is powered via a plug and USB connection that connects to the feeder. Other automatic feeders operate on batteries but this can sometimes cause a problem if the batteries run out of power when the owner is away.

There is no need to worry about your Wi-Fi failing whilst you are out, once the feeder has been scheduled via your account it will still work as the settings are stored.

Many owners love the ability to add a personal message for your pet. This enables you to call your pet over to the feeder and then press the Feed Now button, you can then watch them eat, this is especially useful when you need to know if your pet has had any medication.

What We Like

  • Suitable for both wet and dry food feeds
  • Reliable
  • Really easy to set up and use
  • Webcam and speak to your pet ability
  • Excellent customer service should you experience any issues

What We Don’t Like

  • The webcam could be of better quality

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PetSafe

 

The PetSafe is another programmable feeder that can be set up according to your cat’s meal schedule.

The feeder can dispense both dry kibble and semi-moist food. Options include the ability to serve up customized measurements up to 12 meals a day.

A really appealing feature of the PetSafe is the Slow Feed option which helps to stop your cat eating too quickly by delivering the food over a 15 minute time period.

The bowl is made from stainless steel and can be put in the dishwasher to clean.

The feeder runs on 4 ‘D’ batteries (not included) which lasts for approximately 1 year. You can purchase a power adaptor if you would rather run it off the mains.

The PetSafe can hold up to 24 cups of feed.

What We Like

  • Quiet motor
  • Flexible meal portions with accurate measurements
  • Slow feed option for cats that eat too quickly
  • Unable to knock over

What We Don’t Like

  • Confusing set up interface to program meals
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Petnet SmartFeeder

The Petnet SmartFeeder is an innovative product that enables you to set up your cat’s feeding schedule with ease and precision. Use the App with both Apple and Android devices to remotely schedule feeds and portion sizes. Get notified when the food has been delivered.

A fantastic feature of the Petnet SmartFeeder is it’s ability to send you a notification when food levels are running low. You can automatically set your app to order you some more food – never get caught with no food for your cat!

The feeder can hold 5-7lbs of food with the ability to deliver it in 1/16 to 1 and 1/2 cup size. The stainless steel bowl is dishwasher friendly.

The Petnet SmartFeeder comes with a rechargeable backup battery.

Compatible with Apple iOS and Android.

What We Like

  • App works well to notify owner when food levels are  low or there are any blockages.
  • Use app to change feeding schedule and/or quantities
  • Easy set up
  • High quality and robust product
  • Fantastic customer service

What We Don’t Like

  • Occasionally the food can get stuck on the feeder owing to the angle.
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GemPet Petwant Automatic Feeder

The GemPet Petwant has a capacity of up to 1.2  litres with the ability to program in up to 5 meals per day with each meal being 240ml.

This feeder is suitable for use with both dry or wet food. The feeder is easy to set up with a user friendly control panel. If your cat responds well to your voice, you will like the option to record a personal message to call your pet over for each meal time.

Some owners worry that an automatic cat feeder would fail if there was to be a power cut. Fortunately the GemPet Petwant uses backup batteries.

What We Liked

  • Ability to record a personalized voice message for your cat.
  • Battery back up should electricity fail.
  • Ability to program for 5 days worth of meals (assuming your cat eats once per day)

What We Didn’t Like

  • Some users have reported that their pet has managed to get the lid off to access the food. However, this shouldn’t be a problem for a more docile cat.
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PetPal WiFi

The PetPal WiFi is the ultimate automatic cat feeder which will ensure your pet is always fed on time and in style. The real selling point of this feeder is the built in camera, microphone and speaker that allows the owner to see their pet as well as speak to them when needed. This is the level of reassurance that many pet owners are seeking for their fur balls.

The feeder is compatible with both Apple and Android devices with the app providing the opportunity to program in meal times at the exact intervals and measurements you require. The feeder can hold up to 10lbs of dry food which works out to be around 52 cups. Owners can program in 5 feeding times and adjust the schedules via the app, no matter where you are in the world.

What We Liked

  • Built in camera, microphone and speaker
  • Everything can be controlled via the app, from anywhere in the world.
  • Stores up to 10lbs of dry food
  • High quality product made of stainless steel – no reports of cats (or dogs!) getting in to this feeder
  • Beautiful design

What We Didn’t Like

  • Higher cost than other models
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SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder

The SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder is the ideal solution for households with more than one cat. The feeder works by only opening according to the unique chip that has been programmed in. This is perfect for greedy cats that like to steal food from bowls that aren’t theirs!

The feeder works via sensors in the food bowl area that pick up the microchip in your cat. If your cat doesn’t have a microchip in their neck the PetPal provides chipped collar for your pet to wear.

What We Like

  • Great for homes with more than one cat
  • Sealed bowl
  • Really easy to program
  • Only opens for your cat’s unique chip
  • Quiet opening mechanisms

What We Don’t Like

  • The sides of the bowl aren’t that high which could enable another pet to grab some of the food
  • Only runs on batteries
  • Plastic bowl
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