The best automatic pet feeders for 2022

Keeping your furry friend well-fed has never been easier.

The best automatic pet feeders

by Angelica Daujotas |

As we embrace the summer outside we're heading off on day trips more than ever, so an automatic pet feeder could be your saviour especially if you're running late and haven't got a pet sitter booked in.

An automatic pet feeder is perfect if your furry friend has to be fed at regular intervals and you're out at the beach or somewhere that isn't pet-friendly. You simply set meal timers to feed your pet promptly, this can be done even when they want to be fed early in the morning before you've even got out of bed.

Some of the best automatic pet feeders are now super smart, from installed cameras (so you can check they're ok by themselves) to app-control, they can just about do it all nowadays. These features can help a lot with calming your pet when you are away and help ensure they are sticking to specialised diets.

We’ve got some great tips to help you choose the perfect automatic pet feeder for your furry friend, no matter how big or small they may be. Plus, our hand-picked selection of the best automatic pet feeders you can purchase right now. Not to mention you can pair it with a handy pet water fountain so that all bases are covered.

What to look for to find the best automatic feeder for your pet

To find the very best automatic feeder for your pet and their needs, we’ve highlighted some key features to look out for:

Capacity and portion size

Capacity will be an important feature to look out for before buying. You’ll need to consider how long you anticipate being 'away' from the device and how long you'll need to keep your pet fed for. A two-meal feeder will work best for just a day at a time. If you plan on being ‘away’ for longer and have someone coming in to check on your pet to make it easier on them look for a larger capacity and a number of portions so they know they just need to top it up.

Size

The capacity you decide on will also have to feed into the size of the automatic feeder itself too. You will need to ensure the device is suitable for your pet as well as your home/living area in general. Depending on the size of your pet, you will need to take into account the size of the bowl, height and portion hold. For larger breeds of dog, you will look for a taller height and deeper bowl and for a smaller dog or cat, the more compact models will work just fine.

Food type

Some automatic pet feeders have been designed for use with dry food only. If your pet’s diet consists of wet food or a mixture of both dry and wet, you’ll be looking out for an automatic pet feeder that'll allow this without risking the feeder's performance.

Ease of use

On top of being easy for your pet to feed from, the automatic feeder should be easy for you to use too. You'll need to be able to easily configure the settings for the necessary timings, the number of meals and portion sizes for your pet and have an interface that is easy to understand when it comes to low-food or power alerts.

Best automatic pet feeders

Automatic pet feeders are suited to both cats and dogs, we've separated the list into two sections for each animal as well as some options for your fish, guinea pigs and rabbits. We don't recommend leaving any animal alone for more than a day with an automatic pet feeder. Cats must be checked on if you are going to be away longer than 24 hours, and dogs at least once in that time period or enlist a family friend or dog sitter to supervise your beloved furry best friend.

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