These best automated cat feeder reviews are for you if you need a way to ensure your pet gets his food on time whether you’re at home or away. All of the feeders in this list can be programmed to dispense kibble each day. Of course, some of them may be better suited to you and your cat than the others, so we’ll discuss their features here to find out which one meets your needs.

Pet Safe Healthy Pet Simply Feed

This programmable pet feeder has a locking lid and 2 presets for twice-a-day feedings. Customized feeding plans can be made too with portion ranges from 1/8 cup to 4 cups and with a maximum feeding number of 12 times a day. It uses 4 D batteries that can last an entire year and has a stainless steel bowl.

It takes a bit of effort to figure out how to program this thing initially, but once that learning process is done, practically all of the pain is over. This is a great and a cheap pet feeder. It’s sturdy, perfectly reliable, and has a fairly high-capacity (it can hold 24 cups of kibble). It even uses a stainless steel bowl (which doesn’t hold bacteria like plastic).

Pros

  • Has an optional adaptor for corded power
  • Has slow feed options for pets prone to gorging and vomiting
  • Stainless steel bowl is durable and easy to clean

Cons

  • Not easy to program at first

PetNet SmartFeeder

This programmable feeder is WiFi-capable and has a compatible app for iOS that allows owners to monitor and set new schedules for their pets remotely. Programming supports portion sizes from 1/16 cup to 1.5 cups and the hopper can hold 5-7lbs of kibble. It has a rechargeable battery in case its main power supply fails.

This is a superb product if you’re in the must-have-new-tech crowd. It looks smart and works smart and even makes you feel kind of smart when you’re tinkering with the app to show off to your friends. It’s has an average price, but one does feel it’s well-spent when using it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have an equivalent app for Android just yet, so some might not be able to use it to its full potential. It’s also too small if you’re using it to feed multiple cats (the feed tray is tiny).

Pros

  • Matched app can monitor kibble supply levels and schedule pet food deliveries when you’re running low
  • Supports remote control over pet feeding
  • Easy to program

Cons

  • No Android app
  • Doesn’t hold a lot of food in the hopper (or the bowl, for that matter)

Aspen Le Bistro

This programmable dispenser allows you to program as many as 3 feedings per day, with portions of ¼ cup to 3 cups per feeding. The hopper can carry 5lbs (although there is a 10-pound version) and is clear for easy monitoring.

This is a great bargain buy even if it doesn’t hold that much kibble in the hopper. Still, at least it’s clear, so you immediately know when to refill it. It’s not terribly complicated (but also not terribly intuitive) to program and will suit most people’s requirements—although the lack of refinement in the programming selections may be a problem for cats with special needs. The minor issues with portion control can be worked around if you figure out whether it errs on the high side or the low one and just adjust accordingly.

Pros

  • Has a meal counter that counts the number of times a feeding has been successfully made in a day
  • Clear hopper lets you watch kibble levels easily
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Kibble of a markedly different size from the manufacturer’s recommendation tends to mess a bit with the portion control
  • Cats can make a piece or two pop out by reaching up and into the chute

Qpets Pet Feeder

This pet feeder can be programmed to feed your pets up to 6 times a day. It also has built-in speakers and a microphone if you want to record a 6-second personal message for your pet. A built-in clock switches the lid from one compartment of the tray to another for each feeding, and there are 6 compartments (with 8oz/1cup capacity each).

This can be a pretty good cat food tray for a lot of people, especially those whose cats eat different foods at different meals. It’s reliable, has a nice little recorder for that personal touch, and doesn’t make much noise. It is also pretty cheap. The problem is, it can be hard to figure out how to program it—the fact is that it doesn’t go through all programmed feedings unless the first feeding in the series has been triggered, then the second, then the third, and so on.

All of this has to happen in the proper order, which means that if you fill it with food at noon and schedule two feedings with the programmed order being a feeding at 7AM followed by one at 7PM, it’s not going to feed your cat at 7PM that same day. It will actually only do that the next day, since it’s only then that the first scheduled feeding (7AM) will be triggered. If you can figure that out, though, it works great.

Pros

  • A good option if your cat’s feedings involve more than one type of pet food (since meals are separated from each other)
  • Small and low profile
  • Fairly quiet

Cons

  • A bit confusing in how it works (see below)
  • Limited tray compartment sizes – it’s really suitable for just single-cat households
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Crown Majestic Diamond Series V3

This water and food dispenser has a recorder if you want to take down a 12-second message for your cat. It allows up to 4 programmed feedings a day, has a meal counter, and can dispense ¼ to 2 cups of food per feeding.

It is a nice choice if your programmed feeding needs are uncomplicated. The limitations on programming will hamper its usability, but it’s definitely nice for a lot of people, especially with its solid base and chute-guard.

Pros

  • Supports battery power in conjunction with the adaptor
  • Tilt-resistant
  • Chute-guard prevents cats from reaching up the chute
  • Can’t set feeding times—these are figured in equal-hour intervals from each other once the number of feedings is set
  • Can jam with some kibble types, especially the triangular ones

Conclusion

It would be tempting to call the best buy here the smartest one, but its lack of Android support, price, and tray limitations move it to the second place. At the moment, the best buys would still be the wonderfully dependable Pet Safe and cheap but useful Le Bistro.

They deliver excellent value considering what they cost and are pretty sturdily built too, so you know your pet won’t destroy them with one angry shake when the kibble won’t come out on demand.

Loki

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