Our pets rely on us to keep them healthy and nourished. Unfortunately, busy schedules may keep us away from home during mealtime. Thanks to modern technology, our pets can still get their food. Automatic pet feeders dole out the food when we cannot, becoming a pet’s new best friend. If your life is hectic, purchasing one of these can prevent your pet from starving.
Tip 1: Consider whether your pet is able to control its eating habits. Some pet feeders are gravity-controlled, dropping food when the animal eats food out of the bowl beneath it. This provides a steady stream of food ideal for a cat that only snacks throughout the day. A dog that will eat its weight in food if allowed will be better off with a time-controlled automatic feeder. You set the time that the meal should be delivered and the feeder provides it according to schedule.
Tip 2: When shopping for an automatic pet feeder, avoid one that is too light or is top-heavy. A hungry pet can knock this device over, possibly breaking it. Also, avoid a feeder that the pet can poke its paws into because this allows the animal to get food whenever desired. If the unit runs on electricity, your precious pet may get injured when poking a paw into it to get some food.
Tip 3: Some pet feeders make a lot of noise and can scare a timid animal. Make sure the feeder can be returned and test it out with your pet while you are around. If you notice the animal shying away from or avoiding the feeder entirely, return the item.
Tip 4: Feeding intervals are fixed on some units. The food compartment will only open at predetermined times and these times may not coincide with the eating schedule of your pet. Choose a feeder with flexible feeding intervals or a timer.
Tip 5: Save yourself some hassle when cleaning and find a feeder that has a dishwasher-safe bowl and has other easy-to-clean parts.
Tip 6: If your pet eats wet food, look for a feeder designed to hold this. These models have freezable inserts or cold packs that keep wet food fresh if you are gone for a while.
Tip 7: For dry food, the size of the kibble matters. Some dispensers list a minimum kibble size to prevent under or over-feeding.
Tip 8: Purchase a feeder that has a sufficient number of food compartments. There is no point in using an automatic feeder if it does not include enough portions. Keep the feeder filled so your pet does not go without a meal.
Tip 9: Make sure the feeder contains a battery backup so it will continue operating if electrical power goes out. Check and change the batteries regularly.