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5 Benefits Of Automatic Pet Feeders

Apr 17,2023 | petwant

Our pets lead busy lives - from chasing and playing to napping, but one thing they never forget to do is ask for food (even if they just ate some!).

We pet owners are busy too - many commuters spend the majority of their time working and socializing, with that in mind you might consider using an automatic pet feeder to feed your cat, dog or fish while you're out and about daily ration.

But for them, it's not just handing out food. Here are five things you may not know about automatic feeders!

1. Multiple meals can be arranged in advance

By delivering consistent servings at regular intervals, automatic pet feeders give you the flexibility to go out overnight or on weekends without the stress of putting your furry friend through the night in the cattery or kennel.

Many feeders can schedule multiple meals in advance - for example, our Six Meal Automatic Pet Feeder with Digital Timer (F13) can program up to six separate meal times for wet or dry food.

Plus, if you want to hang out at night, you can do so guilt-free, knowing that your beloved pet will be fed on time. Auto-feeders are a more practical solution to leaving extra food when (vainly) hoping they ration their own food, or giving them more food when you get home, which can lead to bloating, obesity and other health problems.

2. Wet and dry Food

When you think of automatic feeders, you probably think of dry pellet dispensers, but did you know they can accommodate both dry and wet food? While dry food is a popular food for cats and dogs, wet food is a good source of water - dry food typically contains about 10-12% water; wet food contains 75-78% water. Some feeders also include ice packs to keep food fresh between servings.

Don't worry about cleaning these feeders after putting wet food in them - many modern feeders have removable, dishwasher-safe bowls, which means you can clean them as easily as your own!

3. They'll improve your relationship with your pet

Needing to stay up late at the office, stuck in traffic, changing social plans—these are all situations we can understand, but unfortunately, aren't things we can explain to our pets who love everyday life. Any unexpected change can cause anxiety (and hunger!), so if you have a hectic schedule, an automatic pet feeder might be the perfect solution for you.

But more importantly, they can actually improve your relationship with your pet, allowing you to forget about feeding time (hello weekend sleep-ins!). What's more, by saving time measuring out portions of specific foods, you'll have more opportunities to do fun things with your pets.

4. They support good health

Just like we do for ourselves, you need to pay attention to your pet's weight. Animal charity Cats Protection recently shared that one in five cats has gained weight during the pandemic. The automatic feeder will help reduce overfeeding by measuring your portions regularly for you, supporting steady growth and development.

Pet feeders will help you keep your dog or cat at a healthy weight whether you're at home or away, and can also help pets with diabetes or following a specific diet. For example, different amounts of food may be released at different times as desired, or a specified amount of food may be released over an extended period of time.

5. Many are battery powered

If you're planning a sleepover but worried that an unexpected power outage will mess up your feeder's programming and deprive your furry friend of dinner, fear not! Many automatic pet feeders are battery-operated (or have battery backup), so unexpected power outages won't affect them, and your pets can still enjoy the treats they've been waiting for.

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While we humans crave freedom post-pandemic, our pets thrive on consistency and routine, so a programmable cat, dog or fish food dispenser might be the perfect compromise!

Our range of automatic pet feeders will keep your adorable companion distracted while you're out and about, or enjoy lying down and getting some extra sleep (we can't guarantee they won't interrupt your nap though, it's cuddly after all best time!).