One of the best and certainly one of the coolest Automatic Dog Feeders out there is the WOPet Smart Feeder. Not only is it robustly built and easy to program, but this automatic feeder also includes a voice function. This means that you can record yourself calling your dog for mealtimes!
It’s also compatible with your phone, so you can control it remotely, dispensing a meal early if your furry friend convinces you that you should – just don’t overdo it, as you don’t want your dog to become obese!
In this article, we’ve collected some of most popular automatic feeder questions which are trending this week. How much are automatic feeders? How long do they last? Find out the answers to these questions and more by reading on to the sections below!
Table of Contents
- Are automatic feeders good for dogs?
- How much does a dog feeder cost?
- Can you put wet food in an automatic feeder?
- How long do automatic dog feeders last?
- What is a microchip feeder?
- Are there microchip feeders for dogs?
- How do you make a slow feeder dog bowl?
- Are gravity feeders good for dogs?
- Do gravity feeders keep food fresh?
- Can you put water in a gravity feeder?
Are automatic feeders good for dogs?
Automatic feeders are nice to have. They take away the need to get up, multiple times per day, to refill the bowl by depositing your dog’s food on-time, every time.
This can reduce ‘begging’ behaviors, as your dog knows that the food is coming if they wait, and it’s also a great way to keep your dog on a specific diet, if they are a little on the heavy side.
How much does a dog feeder cost?
Automatic feeder options can cost as little as $10 to as much as $180 or more, it all depends on the features, overall style, and the name-recognition of that particular brand. Gravity feeders are the cheapest, but they don’t offer scheduling, they simply keep the food bowl always full.
Programmable options that will deliver food on a set schedule can often be found for around $50 USD, with higher end models allowing both dry and wet food to be dispensed as you like.
Can you put wet food in an automatic feeder?
You need a model that specifically states that you can use wet food with it. A dry-food only model will be damaged and its warranty voided if you try to put wet food in it, and even if it worked the food is not going to stay fresh.
Wet food dispensers solve this problem by means of a cooling ice pack, good for 4 to 6 hours, nestled inside the machine, while some higher models even have built-in refrigeration capability.
How long do automatic dog feeders last?
Automatic dog feeders will last, on average, 8 months up to 1 year with daily use. Some models are designed to last a little longer, such as SureFeed’s offerings, which often come with a full 3 year warranty so that you can get the most out of your investment.
What is a microchip feeder?
A microchip feeder is a pet feeder that not only dispenses food, but protect it. If you have a dog and a cat, you can use one of these to protect your cat’s food if your dog is a little greedy and tends to gobble it up before kitty can get to it.
The way that they work is an RFID chip, attached to a collar, that the feeder can sense when it is very close. When it knows the chip is near, the food door will open and the food can be eaten.
When the animal leaves or gets pushed away from the food, then the food door closes and protects the food until it senses the chip is close again.
Are there microchip feeders for dogs?
You can get a microchip feeder for small dog breeds. Surfeed has a small dog and cat microchip feeder that you can buy, but with larger dogs you’ll definitely have to do some looking around. Most often, you’ll simply find standard automatic feeders, as the microchip models are mostly intended for smaller animals.
How do you make a slow feeder dog bowl?
If your dog is a bit of a glutton, you can make your own DIY ‘slow feeder bowl’ to force them to slow down a little instead of gobbling up all of their food in the alarming space of one breath. Take a tennis ball or another ball large enough not to be a choking hazard, and pour the food over the ball.
When your dog eats, this forces them to eat around the ball, slowing them down just a little bit so that they can at least taste their current meal. This is a great option if your dog often eats so quickly that coughing, brief choking gasps, or occasional vomiting usually follow every meal.
Are gravity feeders good for dogs?
A gravity feeder is a low-tech way to always ensure that your dog has a food bowl waiting. That said, if your dog is a glutton, then a gravity feeder is not a good idea.
These sorts of ‘automatic’ feeders simply keep refilling the bowl, by means of an overturned container that lets more food drop when the volume lessens in the bowl. A dog that only eats enough to feel full will do fine, but a habitual overeater will simply keep eating until the container is empty!
Do gravity feeders keep food fresh?
Actually, some gravity feeders can do this. These days, there have been upgrades to food and water gravity feeders.
These allow refrigeration options that will keep food fresh or in the case of water feeders, instead of an overturned bottle of water you can hook up a hose to a faucet and to the bowl and it refills much the same way as the modern toilet.
Can you put water in a gravity feeder?
You can purchase (or even make) water gravity feeders and they come in two varieties. The most basic is essentially a bowl with an opening in it and a water bottle overturned and fit into that opening, so that water constantly pours from the bottle when your dog drinks it down past the fill line.
The more expensive models work more like a modern toilet, with a hose attached to the bowl and to a faucet at the other end, so that water pressure helps to ensure a continuous flow of water fresh from the tap.