Anyone who is ever been owned by a cat knows that they are finicky at best when it comes to what they will or will not do. They decide when it’s the right time for affection, who they’ll be affectionate with or when it’s time to be left alone. But cat feeding times, on the other hand, are habitual. You can set your watch the moment they start pestering you for food. It happens at exactly the same time each day.
If you’re fortunate the cat that owns you won’t require you to get up out of bed at 5 AM each morning to give them breakfast. It must have been one of those “lucky ones” that that had enough of stubbing their toe each morning walking in the dark on their way to the kitchen to fetch the cat’s breakfast that invented a timed cat feeder.
A automated electronic timed cat food feeder can come in all shapes and sizes. Some are tall units that holds up to 5 pounds of dry cat food, while others are simply bowl-like that have a lid that either lifts or swivels at the appropriate time exposing the food to your pet. Most pet feeders with the timer have a digital clock that can be programmed to feed your pet once, twice or multiple times during the day. Food hopper dispensers work by moving the food from the hopper to the bowl. Timed cat bowls work by moving the lid out of the way.
The major difference between a food hopper dispenser and a timed cat feeder is the volume of food that can be stored between feedings. If you are on the go a lot and do not have time to feed your cat each day than a hopper dispenser filled with dry cat food would be most advantageous to you. If you want to feed your cat a moist or dry cat food and want to fill the bowl every day to guarantee that your pet is eating fresh food, a timed cat bowl will work for you. The automated food hopper dispenser cannot use moist cat food.
Additionally different units use alternative power sources. Some are battery driven requiring you to change the batteries a couple of times a year, while others use a power cord to plug into the wall. When deciding which unit is right for you consider if there is a power outlet source close to where you want to place their bowl, otherwise the decision of buying a battery powered unit is probably already been made for you.
When deciding whether to purchase a timed cat feeder or not consider the health of your cat. Eating just one large meal each day can cause some cats to acquire stomach eating disorders, or even diabetes. If your cat is getting on in age their metabolism is starting to slow down and feeding them multiple small meals throughout the day can help them keep their weight down. All in all it’s just healthier for any cat to eat small-portioned meals throughout the day.
The next time 5 AM comes around again you can just roll over because your cat is making its way over to the timed cat feeder instead of meowing at you. Having a cat that is fed properly is having a healthy cat. Having a cat that doesn’t pester you for food at odd hours makes for a healthy you.