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Automatic Pet Feeders Promise Square Meals

Go ahead, make your morning routine a little easier.

by Heven Haile
November 29, 2021
Brown cat eating from an automatic feeder
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Spending untold, uninterrupted hours with your pet — it was likely one of the very few silver linings of spending your life mostly inside during the pandemic. But now that businesses are beginning to reopen, and many of us are returning to jobs outside of our homes, that quality pet time has shrunken back down to its usual not-enough-hours-in-the-day size.

One way to streamline your morning and evening routines, and free up more time for play, is to get an automatic pet feeder. “It won’t just make checking off your to-do list easier; it can also help manage your pet’s weight and help establish healthy eating habits, too,” says Dr. Justine Lee, DVM. “Smaller meals delivered more often can be especially helpful for pets that tend to ‘scarf and barf.’”

When asked about how to decipher what feeder to purchase, Dr. Lee says it’s essential to look for “a reliable feeder with features like anti-jam technology, a built-in backup battery, and a saved feeding schedule even if the unit goes offline (in the event of a power outage) your pet never misses a feeding.” Other honorable mentions include customizable feeding schedules, chew-resistant power cords, BPA-free plastics, and a gravity-mode feature that detects when the bowl has run dry.

Another helpful app feature, Dr. Lee notes, is one that “allows pet parents to view their pet’s feeding history and better understand their eating habits, which enables pet parents to see if something is wrong, such as in the case their cat or dog hasn’t been eating consistently.” Not only does Dr. Lee recommend automatic feeders to all pet parents, she uses them for her own pets as well: “Now, all my pets are on automatic feeders!”

While Dr. Lee swears by auto-feeders herself, she does heed several warnings to ensure it’s being used to aid pet care, rather than acting as a stand alone for pet ownership. It’s important to note that feeders should never be used as a replacement to leave your beloved pets alone for an extended period of time. Ready to make one small aspect of your life a lot easier? Here are the best automatic pet feeders on the market.

Btw, our editors (and their pets) picked out these products. They’re always in stock at the time we publish, but there’s a chance they’ll sell out. If you do buy through our links, we may earn a commission. (We’ve got a lot of toys to buy over here, you know?)

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Heven Haile

Heven Haile is a writer living in New York City with their cat Patches.