If you’re going out of town for half a day, you want to make sure that your pets are all set on food. Whether you’ve got some grazers or a dog knows exactly when it’s 6 p.m. aka dinnertime, you want a trusted feeding dispenser. Maybe your cat sitter dropped out at the last-minute. An electronic pet feeder ensures that you don’t have to cancel your excursion while making sure your dog gets his dinner right at 6 p.m. on the dot.
These feeders are meant for dry food, and sometimes the kibble has to be between certain sizes to dispense. Check your dog or cat food bags to see what size each piece is before ordering an automatic feeder. The best part about them is that some of the feeders can be programmed for multiple meals up a day, which is perfect if you’re going to be away for a day. One of our picks can store and dish out 10 meals a day. That might sound excessive, unless you have a pet that eats too fast and needs their meals broken into smaller bits. These feeders are either battery-run or plug into an outlet, so they can still function after a power-outage.
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1. WOPET Wi-Fi Automatic Pet Feeder
This feeder makes setting up your pet’s meals for when you’re gone very easy. Live like you’re in the future with this Wi-Fi-enabled feeder that does most of the dirty work. It is controlled through an app on the phone or can take batteries — in case of a power outage. The voice recording is also handy for when you’re not home and your pet is on a schedule.
2. PetSafe Automatic Cat and Dog Feeder
If Fido or Fluffy has a problem with eating too quickly, this feeder will help you out. You can schedule it to feed your pet up to 12 times a day and make the portions as small as 1/8 cup or as large as 4 cups. You can distribute small portions to your gobbler every few minutes to ensure they don’t get sick to their stomachs. It’s made out of BPA-free plastic, with a pet-proof locking lid, and has a stainless steel bowl. This feeder isn’t meant for large dogs.
3. PETLIBRO Automatic Feeder
This feeder is perfect for the pet owner who doesn’t like to spend hours cleaning it out due to stuck pellets. It’s equipped with anti-clog technology, which means there’s no worrying if your pet is being fed while you’re away. Anyone can use this feeder without feeling lost with its easy-to-read LCD screen. It’s perfect for making feeding time stressless.
4. Chintu Automatic Feeder
With this unique design, you’ll never have to worry about your kitten or puppy being fed the wrong portions. This is the perfect one to get them started with understanding automatic feeders because of its timer and pre-portioned sections that fit both dry and semi-wet food. This feeder will make puppy training a breeze. At the most affordable price point, it’s good enough to get two.
5. PETKIT Automatic Feeder With Stainless Steel Bowl
Sometimes the problem with certain feeders is the food becomes a bit stale due to sitting in it for too long. This feeder solves that problem by using its dual-lock system — keeping in the freshness. It also comes with a hygienic stainless steel bowl that attaches to the feeder magnetically. It’s great for easy cleanup and has won multiple awards for its beautiful sleek design.