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Programmable Pet Food Dispensers- A great idea for pet owners

Updated on February 18, 2016

Automatic pet feeders

Providing enough food and water for your dog or cat is probably the most important task at hand whenever you have to go away and leave them alone at home. A programmable or automatic pet feeder is a must-have appliance in such cases, as it will dispense fresh food to your pets without the danger of them overturning large food containers, dirtying the food, getting ants or bugs in it or eating everything up at once and getting themselves sick. Automatic pet food dispensers are also a great solution for busy owners who do not want to think about having to feed their pets at specific times every day. You can program the pet feeder to do this for you and take a lot of the hassle out of daily pet care.

Here is my review of the best rated programmable pet food dispensers available. Please browse through to find the one suitable for you and your pets.

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Best rated automatic pet feeder

An excellent value for money pet feeder, easy to program and use. It will feed the exact portion you specify at exactly the time you specify. A very useful feature is the LCD display which counts the number of meals served, so that you will know your greedy pet has been fed, even if it acts as if it has been starved for weeks!

Aspen Pet Lebistro Programmable Food Dispenser- 30 Cup
Aspen Pet Lebistro Programmable Food Dispenser- 30 Cup

This is probably the best rated automatic pet feeder on Amazon. Great for both dogs and cats, this is a very easy to program feeder which holds up to 10lb dry dog or cat food and can be set to dispense 1/4 cup to 3 cup portions up to three times per day, at the exact time you choose. The base is made of sturdy plastic and the feeding bowl can be removed for easy cleaning.

A very nice extra feature is that the LCD display counts the meals, so that you know your pets have been fed even if they look at you as if they are starving!

The unit operates on batteries and there is a low battery indicator. Batteries last up to six months and there is a one year limited warranty.


One thing to keep in mind

For the unit to function properly and dispense the portions specified, the dry pet foot you use must be at least 1/2" in diameter which is perfect for dog food but a little larger than regular cat food. I have a dog and two cats and the dog loves tinned cat food, while the cats relish dry dog food! The solution in my case is fairly simple, I fill the feeder with dry dog food when I am away and treat them all to tinned food when I am home, and everybody is happy! However, if you only have cats, especially cats that like to be fed very small portions more than twice per day, you might want to buy an automatic feeder specially designed for cats

Best automatic cat feeder

Top rated automatic pet feeder specifically designed for cats. Click on the pictures for more buying options

Interactive cat and dog feeders

In nature, both dogs and cats have to hunt in order to find food. But when domesticated, cats and especially dogs tend to gulp down the food they are served much too fast, which can sometimes cause indigestion and other health problems. Furthermore, as you can see when they play outside, cats like to play with their food and chase it or pretend they do. These cleverly designed interactive feeders will not only feed your pets but also add some fun and interest to their daily meals and enhance their curiosity and problem solving abilities.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Looks good to me - cats won't eat more than they should but i understand that dogs will.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great idea, thanks for sharing

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      Mech 5 years ago from Bosnia and Herzegvina

      Oh, I could use one of these!