The Benefits of an Automatic Cat Feeder

An automatic cat feeder is a device that dispenses food to your cat at pre-set times of the day. Regardless of whether you're going on vacation or just trying to manage your cat’s weight more effectively, an automatic cat feeder has many benefits to offer you.

Managed Portion Control

One of the most significant benefits of an automatic cat feeder is the ability to manage your cat’s food intake throughout the day. When you leave dry food out for your cat, chances are you're just filling the bowl to the top. You have no idea what measurement of food the bowl actually holds, and if you see that the bowl is empty, you proceed to fill it up with more food. The problem with this method is that you have very little control over how much your cat eats on a daily basis.

An automatic cat feeder can eliminate this problem. The feeder allows you to choose pre-set times to dispense food for y our cat. Likewise, you can also pre-set the measurement of food that is dispensed. For example, you could choose to release one half of a cup of dry food every six hours. If your cat is struggling to gain weight, you could choose to set the feeder to dispense two cups of food every three hours.  

Feeding Your Cat while You're Gone

An automatic cat feeder is a great product for those who spend a relatively increased amount of time away from home. If you have a job that requires you to travel or work many hours of overtime, you can rest assured that your cat is adequately fed while you are away. Likewise, if you and your family desire to take a week-long vacation, you have no need to worry that your cat isn’t eating enough while you're away.

The automatic cat feeder can also help save you money by not having to hire a nanny to feed your cat while you are on vacation. The average feeder costs between $50 and $75. Initially, that may sound like a lot of additional money to feed your cat, but consider that the average nanny will cost you $15 per day. If you are on vacation for five days, the total cost of your nanny will be $75. After having paid your nanny, you could have purchased an automatic feeder. At least you would still have the feeder for the next vacation you take.


Convenience is another great benefit of the automatic cat feeder. Not only do you not have to worry about feeding your cat every day, the unit is also dishwasher safe. If you are a busy person looking to cut corners, the automatic cat feeder can certainly help you. You will only have to refill the unit when the foods run out. When it needs to be cleaned, simply throw it in the dishwasher and forget about it.