When pet owners are not around at feeding time, the animal may become very anxious and upset. Automatic pet feeders ensure that pets always have access to food, which is especially important for those that are diabetic. An automatic feeder can be expensive so save some money and make it at home using common household items. Whether you have a dog, cat, bird, or hamster, the animal will receive a constant supply of food.
You will need:
Step 1: Choose a pie tin and lidded plastic jar that will fit into the feeding space. For example, a tin from a small tart and a 20-ounce plastic container may be most appropriate for a hamster or bird cage. A two-liter container and regular-sized pie tin should be adequate for a small or medium-sized dog or cat but a larger dog may need a larger container.
Step 2: Use the scissors or utility knife to cut the bottom out of the plastic container, leaving approximately 1 inch on all edges.
Step 3: Cut an upside-down letter U into one side of the jar. This will serve as the opening for the food to fall into the feeding tray. Size the opening to accommodate the size of the food pellets and amount of food to be dispensed at one time. For a medium-sized dog or cat, it should be approximately 2 inches wide and 2 inches high.
Step 4: Place a bead of glue around the 1-inch border on the bottom of the container. Affix this area to the pie tin and let the glue dry.
Step 5: Open the lid on the top of the container and pour the pet food into the container. Fill it enough of the way to provide food for the desired period but not so full that food will become stale or develop bacteria. Monitor the pet’s food intake regularly to prevent the animal from overeating.
Step 6: To create a large feeder for multiple pets of the same type, use a large plastic bin and a large metal tray.