If you’re often away from home—or worse, asleep—during your cat’s preferred meal time, the best automatic cat feeders will help to keep your furry friend happy and healthy. These feeders come in several different styles, but in general, they’re designed to automatically provide food for your feline friends throughout the day. “Cats naturally eat 10 to 20 small meals a day, so feeding frequently is more in tune with the cat’s natural instincts,” explains Molly DeVoss, a certified feline training and behavior specialist and owner of Cat Behavior Solutions. “I feed my cat five times a day, but can’t always be there in person to serve the meal. A feeder is ideal for that.”
Many of today’s best cat feeders are automatic, meaning you can program them to dispense a set amount at specific times throughout the day. There are models that you can use for both wet and dry cat food, and some have advanced features like Wi-Fi connectivity or a built-in camera to monitor your pet. Whether you want a smart feeder with all the bells and whistles or an affordable low-tech option, these are the best automatic cat feeders for your pet:
Max capacity: 24 cups | Dimensions: 13.27 x 10.28 x 15.8 inches | Weight: 8.58 pounds | Food type: Dry, semi-moist
The PetSafe Smart Feed Pet Feeder will ensure your cat never misses a meal. This automatic feeder can hold up to 24 cups of dry or semi-moist cat food, and you can program it to dispense up to 12 meals a day, adjusting the portion size to fit your cat’s needs. The feeder can be connected to your smartphone for easy scheduling, and it will even send you a notification when the hopper is low on food.
This feeder uses a unique food conveyor that helps to prevent jams, and it also has a slow feed option, which dispenses food over the course of 15 minutes, for cats who eat too quickly. The bowl, bowl holder, lid and hopper are all top-rack dishwasher safe, and the feeder has a battery backup to ensure your pet gets fed even if the power goes out.
Connects to smartphone
Slow feed option
Dishwasher safe components
Bowl can slide away from feeder
Max capacity: 5 liters | Dimensions: 11 x 7 x 7 inches | Weight: 4.19 pounds | Food type: Dry
The Petlibro Automatic Cat Feeder lets you schedule up to six meals a day for your pet, and its sleek design, which comes in black or white finishes, is easy to tuck into a corner of your home. The feeder can hold up to 5 liters of dry cat food and accommodate different size kibble, and you can adjust how much food it dispenses at each meal by increasing the number of “portions.” (This can be a little confusing at first—you may need to use trial and error to figure out the best portion size for your pet.)
One of the unique aspects of this cat feeder is that it’s designed to keep food fresh. It has a slot for a desiccant bag insides its hopper, which absorbs moisture to prevent food from going stale, and it has an airtight seal, as well. You can even record a custom message that will play at mealtime, calling your pet to eat.
Keeps food fresh
Message recording feature
Portion sizes are confusing
Max capacity: 4 liters | Dimensions: 10.04 x 7.8 x 14.17 inches | Weight: 4.85 pounds | Food type: Dry
If you have multiple cats, you can feed them both at the same time with the WellToBe Automatic Cat Feeder. The design comes with a convenient splitter and two bowls, which dispenses a separate portion for each of your pets. You can use the machine to schedule up to six meals per day, and the removable food hopper can hold up to 4 liters of dry kibble.
The feeder has room for a desiccant bag inside the hopper, which will help to keep your cat’s food fresh, and there’s a built-in voice recorded in case you want to play a custom message for your pet. A battery backup ensures your pet won’t miss any meals, even if your home loses power, and the stainless steel bowls are easy to clean.
Includes food splitter
Keeps food fresh
Max capacity: 29 cups | Dimensions: 9.8 x 13.7 x 15.3 inches | Weight: 6.2 pounds | Food type: Wet
You can keep an eye on your cat during mealtimes—even when you’re not home—with the Wopet Automatic Cat Feeder. This high-tech gadget has an HD camera built into the front of its hopper, and you can monitor the video feed from your smartphone, checking in on your pet throughout the day. (Just keep in mind that it doesn’t have night vision, so you’ll need to leave a light on nearby if you want to use it after dark.)
The feeder itself has a large 29-cup hopper and you can schedule up to six meals for your cat per day. There’s a battery backup in case of a power outage, and you can also record a custom message to play, calling your pet to their meal.
Built-in HD camera
Max capacity: 5 meals | Dimensions: 11.25 x 11 x 3 inches | Weight: 2.4 pounds | Food type: Wet
For cats that eat wet food, you’ll need a product like the Cat Mate C500 Automatic Cat Feeder. This model has five inner compartments that rotate to become accessible based on your set scheduling, and the feeder comes with two ice packs that help keep wet food fresh between meals. Each compartment can hold up to 1.45 cups of food, but keep in mind that one compartment is always exposed, meaning you can really only schedule four meals in advance.
This feeder relies on batteries for operation and it has a tamper-proof lid to keep pets from accessing their meals early. Its bowl and lid are dishwasher safe, and the brand actually offers a stainless steel insert (sold separately) if you want to streamline the cleaning process even further.
Keeps wet food fresh
Dishwasher safe components
Only four programmable slots
Max capacity: 32 cups | Dimensions: 13 x 12.5 x 15 inches | Weight: 9 pounds | Food type: Dry
When it comes to ease of use and features, it’s hard to beat the Whisker Feeder-Robot. This high-tech cat feeder can be controlled from your smartphone, allowing you to schedule up to eight meals a day for your pet. It has a large 32-cup hopper, and the feeder can also be used in “gravity mode,” which simply keeps the bowl topped off throughout the day so your cat can graze.
This sleek feeder has anti-jam technology to ensure its chute never gets clogged, and the auto-locking hopper is effective at keeping pets out. It has a battery backup in case you ever lose power, and the feeder will even send you notifications if its food level is low, letting you know that maintenance is required.
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