As I sat with my Dutch friends yesterday, the topic about our cats came up. We couldn’t but help note that the market for cat products in India is sorely lacking in variety. I know that a vast majority of Indians prefer dogs over cats but that doesn’t mean that our cats should suffer. Take a walk into a pet shop and what do you see? Over 95 percent of everything caters to dogs of all sizes. The cat supplies are usually limited to food and a small menagerie of toys (and by small I mean five or six… Ten if you get lucky!). The collection would never dare involve something fascinating like an automatic cat feeder or an automatic water bowl and/or fountain!
I never realized how much our cats were missing out on until I glanced at the Cat supplies in Amazon.com. While I came across a large number of different kinds of toys and an assortment of different cat supplies, I found that the automatic cat feeders were really cool.
They seem to provide a excellent guilt free option to free feeding. The regularization that is placed down by these devices helps us ensure that our cats are neither overfed nor underfed.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular and interesting feeders that Amazon has to offer. Bear in mind that not all the products are automatic. Some are interactive!
THE NORTHMATE CATCH INTERACTIVE FEEDER FOR CATS
This is probably one of the best (and cheapest) and coolest cat feeders available in the market. Most people don’t understand why interactive feeders are important. That’s why I thought it would be best to explain before I extol the values of this particular interactive feeder.
Cats are animals that survive by hunting prey. It’s but obvious that the wild does not offer your cat prefilled cat food bowls. She needs to survive by using her intellect. This can be seen in the way a cat stalks and hunts its prey.
Even though your cat has been domesticated, it is for all good purposes a cat! This means that your cat needs a certain amount of mental stimulation. For cats, this mental stimulation is largely attributed to food. While hunting for food may well be the best way for a cat to do this, I would not recommend releasing a few rats in the house and hoping your cat will catch them!
The Northmate Catch Interactive Feeder provides a perfect solution for this problem. The feeder turns meal times into a game and the cat needs to use its intellect to solve it. This feeder is beneficial for many different kinds of cats.
Most owners find it difficult to regulate the amount of food that the cat eats. This can result in a cat becoming obese. The Northmate Catch Interactive feeder forces the cat to slow down and work for its food. This means that the amount of food that the cat eats will be in proportion to how hungry it is. In short, the feeder reincorporates the stimuli that the cat needs.
This isn’t the only advantage. The interactive feeder also provides the cat with solo playtime that is reward based. It helps to reduce the boredom that a cat may feel when he/she is alone at home. So you can see why the Northmate Catch Interactive Feeder is great for those people who work and leave their baby (cat) at home alone.
You can take a look at the Northmate video below to see how this particular feeder works!
It has also been found that interactive feeders form a great diversion from different kinds of destructive behavior that a cat may indulge in. The Northmate Catch Interactive Feeder is also a healthier substitute for free feeding.
THE PETSAFE HEALTHY PET SIMPLY FEED AUTOMATIC FEEDER
When I first saw this automatic cat feeder, I thought it was a coffee machine. That’s what made me take a closer look at it. The next thing I noticed is that over 400 reviews had ranked it well above four stars.
How Does It Work?
The PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply feed works by using a conveyor belt. As the conveyor belt moves, the food is automatically dispensed. Now, this works well because you can now provide your pet with up to 12 meals per day and in divided portions. The conveyor easily accommodates portions that are as small as 1/8th of a cup to those which are as large as 4 cups.
This means that you don’t have to worry about being late for your cat’s meal times. The program functions on the automatic cat feeder allow you set how much you want your cat to be fed and how frequently. This helps you maintain a constant routine.
Another important point to note is the fact that the batteries also function as a backup power source if the power goes out. That is if you are using the power option!
THE FEEDSAFETRADE FEEDING STATION
If you are a cleanliness freak, then this cat feeder is one that you may want to look at! Why did I look at it? It caught my attention because my husband hates when the food and water spills out of the bowls.
How Does It Work?
The design is simple. The dome shaped structure has three openings. The top opening gives you access to the inner structure within the dome. This means that once you open the dome, you can pick up the bowls inside. The bowls themselves have their own slots where they are firmly placed when in use.
The bowls are made of steel and this means that they are easy to wash and easy to use. In fact, they are also dishwasher friendly! The rest of the body is made with hard plastic. This is easy to wash and dry too!
The two other entrances can be used as both an entry or an exit. They serve as small holes (with sliding doors) that give your cat access to its food. This makes the FeedSafeTrade Feeding Station a safe heaven for cats. This is especially true if you have larger animals in the house!
This video by PetSafeBrand will give you a visual idea of how the feeding station works!
Wireless Whiskers AutoDiet Pet Feeder
We have just finished analyzing the more routine models. Let’s take at one of the more innovative designs that automatic cat feeders have taken on!
The automatic pet feeder is designed for those people who find it hard to manage their cat’s diet. It also helps in a household that has multiple pets. It does this by regulating the amount of food that each pet gets. In fact, it doesn’t just dispense the food, it makes sure that it dispenses the food when the right pet is around!
Sounds fascinating doesn’t it? Let’s take a look at how it works!
How Does It Work?
The Wireless Whiskers Auto Diet Pet feeder can be used for up to 8 pets at the same time. This makes it awesome as you don’t need to get each pet their own feeder. It also means that you save a lot of money in the long run! Best of all, each pet has their own allowance and they get just that much!
The Wireless Whiskers Auto Diet Pet feeder is designed to keep each pet away from each other’s food. The automatic cat feeder operates by using a wireless tag. This tag is attached to a color and is linked to the device. Once the pet’s details are entered and it’s food requirements have been specified, the automatic cat feeder will start its work. It takes three days for the automatic cat feeder to analyze your cats eating patterns.
In case your cat crosses the food allowance, the doors will shut. This keeps the cat away from the food. This also happens if the cat is eating too fast. So you see, this keeps the cats on a strict diet and also teaches them table manners!
The doors of the automatic cat feeder will open only if a cat with the wireless tag approaches it. This means that any other animal (big/small) cannot eat that particular cat’s food. The device also comes equipped with different features. You can set a standard diet or you can modify it (i.e. increase or decrease) depending on whether your cat is obese or not.
The Wireless Whiskers Auto Diet Pet feeder is amazing when it comes to households that deal with a large number of pets. It is innovative and it also helps you keep track of your pet’s diet. At the end of each day, the automatic cat feeder will give you a report about how much your cat has eaten. This will in turn give you a clear indication of your cat’s health!
I sometimes find that videos are easier to understand when compared to the manuals. That’s why I love to include them in my posts. Take a look a video which was published on YouTube by Wireless Whiskers themselves. It will give you a more detailed perspective of how this automatic cat feeder works.
The last automatic cat feeder that we dealt with was pretty impressive but don’t quit reading yet! There are some really awe inspiring automatic cat feeders that we are yet to cover. Trust me! I have saved some of the best for last!
The PetNet Smart Feeder
This automatic cat feeder takes things to a whole new level. It helps you manage portion sizes, your pet’s feeding timings and the food supply. Wait! Isn’t that what all the other automatic cat feeders do? Let’s take a look at what makes the PetNet Smart Feeder so different from the others.
How Does It Work?
This automatic cat feeder can measure your cat’s food requirements based on both its age and weight. These portions can measure anywhere between 1/16 of a cup to ½ of a cup. Now you will notice that the size of these portions is much smaller than the other automatic cat feeders are available to provide.
In addition to managing the portions, the PetNet Smart Feeder can store up to 5-7 lbs of food. That means that you do not have to refill it often! Another point to note is that this automatic cat feeder is meant for dry kibble that measures 1/8 inch to 5/8 inch in diameter. So check before you buy it, as if the kibble size is not met, the device may not function optimally.
Sync It With Your iPhone
This automatic cat feeder has an interesting feature. It can be synced with an iPhone. The only hitch is that it needs to be an iPhone that runs on an iOS of 8 or higher. All that you have to do is install the PetNet App on the phone and you are all set.
Remember that this App does not work on Android phones.
You don’t have to worry if you won’t be home for most part of the day. The App allows you to manage your pet’s feeding remotely. Since the App transforms your phone into sort off a remote, you can schedule meals when you feel that it is necessary. You can even determine the portion sizes when you aren’t in the house. The food is emptied into a stainless steel bowl and your cat gets immediate access to it. You even get a notification when you cat has finished eating!
Remember that for this App to work, your PetNet Smart Feeder should be connected to the WiFi network.
While this video does show you how the PetNet Smart Feeder works with small dogs, it is also a great product for cats. So sit back and watch how it can change your routine.
THE FEED AND GO SMART PET FEEDER
The last automatic cat feeder that I will deal with in this article is the Feed And Go Smart Pet Feeder. I decided to include this device because it was the only automatic cat feeder that included wet food in its dispensing system. This acts as a great boon for those of us who like to feed our cats something more than just kibble.
Please note that this device is advertised for both dogs and cats!
How Does It Work?
Like the PetNet Smart Feeder, this automatic cat feeder can be controlled remotely. This means that you can give your cat its food with just the click of a button. You don’t even need to be at home!
The meals are dispensed in plastic feeding areas. The plastic has been researched and has been used in such a way that it prevents the formation of cat chin acne. This is a problem that is closely associated with wet food. There are six feeding area which means that you have six feeding slots to fill. Each partition has the capacity of 8 oz. The rubber feet of the device prevent the automatic cat feeder from moving around and it also prevents spillage.
Like the PetNet Smart Feeder, the Feed And Go Smart Pet Feeder requires Wifi connectivity to sync with your device. Unlike the PetNet Smart Feeder, it is not limited to just the iOs software. You can operate it from almost any device like a tablet, a phone and even your laptop or PC.
This is one more feature that sets the Feed And Go Smart Pet feeder apart from other automatic cat feeders. It has a webcam that is incorporated in its design and you can see your pet while it eats. This means that overprotective pet parents like me can find some respite by knowing that our pets are safe.
The device takes it one step further with the help of an inbuilt microphone. This helps you call your pet for food every time the food is dispensed.
Makes me wonder… Is technology developing a personal touch? I’m not really sure. What do you think? The array of automatic cat feeders has really made me jealous of all those people who live outside the Indian boundaries. Most of the stuff doesn’t deliver to the play that I live in!
So what am I going to do for my little Jynx. I’m going to wait for a while and when I know some that someone is traveling back to the country… Well… They may just have to carry an extra package for me!