Smart automatic pet feeders for your dog and cat

I am fortunate enough to work from home but I know most people don’t.  From working long hours at the office to traveling, it’s hard to be able to feed our pets on time every day.  We all know that we shouldn’t leave our pets, dogs especially, very long by themselves but we still may not be home when our pets need to be fed.

Fortunately, technology has hit our pet’s world to keep them safe and happy!  We now have Smart pet feeders!

What is a Smart Pet Feeder?

A smart pet feeder allows you to schedule and manage feeding times, portion sizes, and food supply for your pets. Smart pet feeders are controllable on your smartphones and computers so you can still be able to feed your pet while you’re away or preoccupied. Most pet feeders come with a camera so you can visually check your pet too.  I think the camera component is very cool.  We can monitor our pets to see if they eat too fast or are snacking throughout the day.

Why You Need It

Being a pet parent demands responsibility. Looking after your pet on top of work, personal errands, and family time is quite difficult. Smart Pet Feeders change the game. It allows pet owners to still check on their pets and feed them whenever they’re at work, out for a short vacation or running a long day of errands. A smart pet feeder also compliments a great smart pet toy as well.

Here is my take on the top 5 smart pet feeders on the market today.

PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Pet Feeder for iPhone & Android, 12-meal

Key features:

  • Wi-Fi-enabled feeder connects to your home’s wireless router and works with your Android or Apple smartphone, giving you the ability to feed your cat or dog no matter your location.
  • Use the app to customize and schedule up to 12 meals a day, with portions ranging from 1/8 cup to 4 cups to fit your pet’s feeding needs.
  • The Smart Feed is powered by an adaptor with an optional battery backup (batteries not included) and works with iPhone and iPod devices iOS 9 or later and most Android smartphones 5.0 or later.
  • Unique conveyor design dispenses most shapes and sizes of dry and semi-moist food and helps prevent jams while the pet-proof dispenser keeps prying paws from sneaking food. Yes…I have a dog that would do this!
  • Feed your pet no matter where you are

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Petnet SmartFeeder 2nd Generation White Automatic Pet Feeder, Medium

Key features:

  • Holds up to 2 Gallons, 25 Cups
  • SMARTPHONE CONTROLLED: Manage your pet’s daily meal schedule anytime, anywhere – using your Apple iPhone or Android smartphone.
  • CUSTOM MEALS: Use the Petnet App to personalize the time and portion of each meal, or feed from your phone if you’re running late
  • SMART ALERTS: Get phone notifications for successful feeds, low food warnings, food delivery updates and more!
  • NEW FEATURES: Pet-Proof Self Locking Lid, Removable Food Container, Food Container Lock, Food Level Sensors, Dishwasher Safe Metal Bowl, Durable Portion Wheel
  • SMART HOME ENABLED: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Nest Cam so you can use voice commands to dispense food, get updates about when your pet was last fed, find out how much food is left, and even view snapshots of your pet eating
  • PET FOOD DELIVERY: Purchase includes FREE trial of SmartDelivery – Get your pet’s food delivered in the freshest bag size, based on how much they should eat each day. (Not all foods available. Currently shipping over 2,500 bag sizes and recipes.)

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RICHDOG Automatic Pet Feeder – Pet Feeding, 

  • Holds up to 6L of food
  • can schedule up to 4 automated feedings per day by using the built-in programmable timer. Program each meal time with a single click of the easy-to-use LED screen.
  • has 2 exchangeable food dispensers. 2 models are available – Model S: for the small and medium-size pets with 1 to 39 portions (5 g-195g); Model L: for medium and large size pet with 1 to 39 portions (10 g-390g).
  • Dual Power Supply (batteries not included).
  • Voice Record & Play at the Meal Time. This Auto pet Feeder can customize exclusive information to make pets excited about dining and enjoy mealtime! You can record less than 10 seconds of recording. Press and hold the microphone button for three seconds to start recording the information to be played each time the pets feed is assigned. Call your pet to eat at meal time. (e.g., here, Bobby! Come to eat, Good dog!) Even if you are not at home, your voice can be with your pet all the time.
  • Customer Service and Product Warranty RichDog Automatic Feeder offers you a 1-year warranty and repairs the defect without charge.

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OYTOOL Automatic Cat Feeder Pet Dog Food Dispenser Feeder For Small Medium Large Cat Dog-4 Meal Timer Programmable Voice Recorder Portion Control 

  • Time and Amount Programmable:  The feeding schedule and amount of food can be easily and precisely set in accordance with the user instruction up to 4 meals. 1-39 portions control and feeding schedule
  • Infrared Induction:  This automatic pet feeder comes with infrared detection technology ensure the machine automatically stops when there is a certain amount in the blow, which will prevent the food from spilling or getting stuck;
  • Voice Recorder&Speaker;: this cat feeder can record your voice for several seconds to call pets for meals, he/ she won`t feel lonely if hear the voice of their owner when have meal;
  • Power Supply:  the power adapter that comes with the feeder or batteries are both acceptable to deliver power to your automatic pet feeder.The pet food dispenser is also easy to disassemble and clean;
  • Great Helper for Feeding Pets:  this auto pet feeder can feed pet for more than 5 days.

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JUNSPOW Automatic Cat Feeder, Pet Feeder 6 Meal Trays Dry Wet Food, Auto Pet Food Dispenser Programmed Timer Voice Recording Function, 6 x 320ml 

  • CUSTOMIZABLE FEEDING SCHEDULE: Our pet feeder is very easy to setup and use! As you can see from our pictures there are 6 individual feeding compartments. Each one holds about 320 ml of DRY OR SEMI-WET food, . The tray itself is very easy to remove and clean!
  • FEEDING ON A REGULAR DIET TIME: This feeder helps you customize pet feeding schedule. You are able to set regular feeding time in advance and the auto feeder will dispense food for your pets on the right time. Multiple meals for multiple days and up to 6 meals per day.
  • VOICE MESSAGE CAPABILITY: Our research has shown that if your pet hears the same voice command before each meal, then he or she will begin to associate the two and will know it’s time to eat! The 10 second recording also allows your pet to hear your voice when you aren’t home, which can provide them some comfort from afar!
  • FLEXIBLE STANDBY MODE: We have installed a feature that will automatically set the feeder to “Standby” if there has been no operation for 25 seconds.
  • Ultra Low Power Consumption. Not need DC adapter Powered by 4 “C” batteries (not included). 4 alkaline batteries available for up to 300 days. prevent Pets may also gnaw on electrical cords

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These are all very interesting!  I love this concept!! I’m most intrigued with 

Petnet-because you can get smart alerts and it works with Alexa so you can use your voice to control the feeder.

Richdog-this one is also voice activated.

Oytool-this has Infrared Induction:  This automatic pet feeder comes with infrared detection technology to ensure the machine automatically stops when there is a certain amount in the bowl, which will prevent the food from spilling or getting stuck;

Junspow-only batteries, no DC so your sweet pet won’t chew on the cords.

I vote for Oytool because it has all the features plus infrared induction and is very reasonably priced.

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