Automatic Pet Feeders have become a total rage in the pet care industry and almost every pet owner has either already bought it or is considering buying one. If you belong to the second category and have been thinking about buying one for your dear old pet, we are here to help you out. Choosing the best automatic cat feeder can get a little overwhelming and confusing as there are a lot of options available in the market today, so it is best to do some research before making the final decision.
Here are some important things you must know before getting an Automatic Pet Feeder-
- How long will the feeder be used in one go?
You have to decide whether you will be using the feeder for a day or for a week in one go. Whether you are likely to travel around or you just need one while you are away at the office. These are the factors you have to consider and decide what your requirements are. On the basis of your requirements, you can choose a feeder that can be used in the long run or in the short run.
- What will be the pellet size?
Not every automatic pet feeder is capable of dispensing different sizes of kibble. Each pet feeder has been designed to dispense out certain sizes of kibble and this is another thing you have to consider while buying one. Make sure that you check the pellet size of the pet food that you use. Some feeders also offer the feature of adjusting the pellet size manually.
- Is the feeder programmable?
Among all the types of feeders available, some have been designed to work on intervals, while some have been designed to work on the basis of a digital timer. The first types require being tweaked manually before the first feeding time while the second type of feeders dispense food as and when you want them to. You simply have to set the time and the frequency of the meal.
- Would you prefer dry food or wet food?
Dry food and wet food need completely different types of feeders since not all automatic feeders have been designed to dispense both these types of pet food. Though you may find some which have the feature of dispensing both, it is still better to choose one which specializes in dispensing either dry food or wet food. If your pet loves wet food, you can get flip-type feeders or those which use ice packs to keep the food moist.
- What is the condition of your pet?
It is very important to consider your pet’s health, behavior, and personality since the feeder is there to serve them only. If your pet is a bit on the heavier side and needs to lose some weight, you may want to get a programmable feeder. If your pet is not much of a disciplinarian, you may want to get a feeder that is pet proof and will not allow them to take any extra food out.