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Automatic Cat Feeders and Their Benefits

An automatic cat feeder is a type of machine that dispenses pet food at particular times within the course of a day. Regardless of your reasons for getting this device – you’re going on a vacation, your cat is getting overweight, you want to monitor your cat’s nutrition, etc. – you can expect many significant benefits.

Portion Control

One of the best things an automatic cat feeder can do for you is to plan your pet’s daily food intake. Feeding your buddy using the manual method may only have you filling the bowl to the brim. You won’t know how much food you actually put in the bowl, and every time you see it empty, you’ll only add more food over and over. This way, you can easily end up with an poorly nourished pet.

With an automatic cat feeder, this problem is eliminated. The feeder will let you pick preset times of the day to dispense food. You can also preset even the food amounts. You can set the device to dish out a half-cup of dry food every six hours, for example. If you think your cat needs to gain some weight, you can have the feeder dispense two cups daily every three hours.

Feeding in Your Absence

If you’re usually away from home, an automatic cat feeder can come in handy. You can be sure that your cat will be properly fed even when you’re not there. And because you won’t need a cat nanny, the feeder can actually give you some savings. The machine costs anywhere from $50 to $75, and while it seems like a big amount of money, it’s rather cheap compared to the cost of hiring a pet sitter. Let’s say you go on vacation for five days. That means you’ll be shelling out $75 for the nanny. That money can be spent to purchase an automatic feeder that you can continue to use until your future vacations without paying for it all over again.

Convenience

At the end of the day, it can all be about convenience. You don’t just free yourself of worries about your cat’s daily feeding needs, but the unit is also completely dishwasher safe. If you’re often busy and need a little assistance to care for your cat, you can rely on an automatic feeder. Just fill it up when it goes empty and clean it when you need to. Of course, not all automatic cat feeders out there are created equal. Hence, you have to do a little research to know the type and brand that work best for you.

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