We love animals here at iMore, and many of us have our own furry friends at home. Our daily lives can get a bit hectic at times, making it hard to feed our pets on a regular schedule. Fortunately, there are automatic feeders out there that can do this job for us. These handy gadgets make our lives easier, while keeping our pets happy and fed!
With this feeder's built-in timer and five-section tray, you can schedule pet food times and portions. It has five isolated wet and dry food compartments and is made of BPA and ABS materials, so you don't have to worry about the safety of your furry friends. It has a built-in voice recorder that allows you to leave your pets a personalized message, and a user-friendly LCD display so you can clearly see feeding times and alerts. It functions off a dual power supply so you can make sure your pets are always fed.
Ice, ice baby
This automatic feeder will serve up to five meals at your pet's normal meal times when you're away. It's suitable for both wet and dry foods, and has twin ice packs and a close-fitting lid to keep your pet food fresh. All you have to do is program the digital timer for your desired meal times. Once set, all programmed feeds are visible on the LCD display. The five large food compartments each hold ¾ pounds of food or enough for two cats or a small dog.
Food, power or not!
Feed your pet while you're away and schedule up to four automated feedings per day using the built-in programmable timer. Program each meal time with a few button clicks on an easy to use LCD screen. You can really control your pet's portions and divvy out anywhere between two teaspoons to four and a half cups per feeding. This feeder is wall or battery-powered, so you can rest assured your furry friends are fed even amidst a power outage. You can also record a custom message for your pet that will play your comforting voice at feeding times.
Smart tech for your pet
This smart feeder is Alexa enabled, so you can ask your Amazon Echo device to feed your dog or cat a snack. You can use the Smart Feed app to monitor your pet's feeding from anywhere, and you can control your pet's mealtimes from your phone. Program up to 12 meals to feed your pets on schedule or use the "Feed Now" option for anytime. You can automatically reorder your pet's favorite food with Amazon Dash Replenishment. Plus, this smart device has a low food sensor, and it will send you an alert when the hopper becomes empty. It's easy to clean and BPA-free.
Give em' some honey
This automatic feeder can dispense one to 80 portions and has a storage capacity of 13 cups. The stainless-steel feeding bowl can hold up to three cups of dry food at a time. Take note that kibble size cannot exceed 0.47 inches, or this feeder may get jammed. This pet feeder has a low food alarm and will alert you with an LED flashing light. It has a built-in voice recorder, and it operates off of four D-size batteries or a DC power adapter.
Meal planning for pets
This simple and affordable feeder is saucer-shaped and allows you to store five portions of food for your pet. You can program the digital clock and timer to open and reveal one portion at a time throughout the day to keep your furry friend fed. It uses four D-cell batteries, is easy to clean, and the shape means your pet won't be able to knock it over when you're away.
For the big dogs
The Healthy Pet Automatic Feeder from PetSafe lets you store up to 24 cups of dry cat or dog food in the storage container, and the stainless steel bowl can hold up to five cups at a time for meals. You can customize the feeder to dispense up to 12 meals a day at regular intervals, with customizable portions ranging from one-eighth of a cup to four cups. There are three feeding modes, too, so your pet doesn't overeat.
The PortionProRx feeder holds up to 30 cups of food in the storage bin, and you can set each meal portion to be from half a cup to six cups. You can then split that up into 2-6 meals per day. This feeder is great for multi-pet homes or prescription diets because it uses smart RFID tech — place a special tag on your pet that communicates with the feeder, and it will open or close the feeder based on which pet is approaching.
Fido loves the sound of your voice
This automatic pet feeder allows owners to record a 10-second clip of their voice to call their pets over when it's time to eat. The storage bin holds up to six liters of dry food at a time and comes with an easy-to-use timer to set the schedule. It can do four meals a day.
Simple but effective! The AmazonBasics gravity pet feeder and waterer bundle provide owners with a basic automatic feeder that works with gravity. The feeder holds up to 12 pounds, while the waterer holds 2.5 gallons for the large size (small is six pounds and one gallon). It's a basic device but ensures a constant supply of food and water for pets who can exercise self-control. Plus, the price is great for tight budgets.
Feed the birds
This bird feeder is made of clear acrylic and easily attaches to the inside or outside of your bird's cage via metal hooks. It comes in two sizes and can easily store enough birdseed to last several days at a time. It's also a "no-mess" feeder, so when your bird enters and eats, they leave the hulls and uneaten seed in the bottom compartment.
Worry not, pet owners
We love our pets, so we understand what it's like to have busy schedules and annoyed animals who question why we don't feed them on time. These feeders are designed to keep your pets full and happy while keeping you worry-free and able to conquer your busy day.
Our favorite is the Casfuy 5-Meals Automatic Pet Feeder (opens in new tab) because it's feature-packed and can store wet and dry food. Want some smart tech for your pet? Tell your PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog & Cat Feeder (opens in new tab) to feed your pet a snack from anywhere using your smartphone, or have the capability of keeping your wet food fresh on ice with the Cat Mate C500 Automatic Pet Feeder (opens in new tab). Whether your friends are furry or feathered, you'll keep them fed and happy with this list of the best automatic pet feeders.
Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.
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