An automatic cat feeder is one of the best investments that you can make for your cat if you remain busy most of the time. However, buying the best automatic cat feeder isn’t as easy as it looks like. You have to consider the right size, capacity and some other things when choosing the right automatic cat feeder for your cat.
Here are some of the different types of automatic cat feeders that you should look into to buy the best model for your cat.
Gravity Based Cat Feeders
These are usually the simplest and the least expensive automatic feeders out there. These consist of just a canister and a food dish. As the food in the bowel keeps depleting, the canister will automatically allow more food to get into the bowl below the canister. These models are inexpensive, and are a great option for free feeding cats.
However, you shouldn’t choose these open automatic cat feeders if your cat has a tendency to overeat and is overweight. That is because these feeders allow an unlimited amount of food to be available for your cat all the time.
Programmable Cat Feeder
If your cat needs to get controlled portions of food and you want to regulate the amount of food to help the cat loose some extra pound, buying an electric/ programmable cat feeder is the best options you have.
These feeders also have a canister that needs to be filled completely with food. The canister has an attached timer on it that regulates the amount of food dispensed onto the bowl for your cat.
Microchip Cat Feeder
Microchip automatic cat feeders are also an option if you’re looking to buy a cat feeder. These feeders have all the features of great feeders packed in one. These feeders dispense food when they detect a microchip near them which you can put on your cat’s collar.