Are you a pet owner who also has daily commitments like a job or school? Are you often outside the house for large chunks of your day? Do you sometimes worry about whether your pets are hungry? chasing back home after hours to put out their lunch lest they starve?
Enter DIY microchip pet feeders. These nifty devices promise to solve all your feeding problems with your pets while giving you some freedom.
This article will provide you with a step by step guide on setting up any one of the various types of feeders available in the market. We’ll answer all of your questions and address all the possible challenges of installing your microchip feeders.
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What Exactly Is a Microchip Pet Feeder?
The simplest explanation of what is a microchip pet feeder is apparent from the name. A microchip pet feeder is a device that lets you selectively place food for your pet at specific times of day, without being physically present in the room.
Most cat feeders consist of three major parts: an air-tight container that dispenses the stored food, the bowl from which the pet eats, and a tube or chute that transfers the kibble or food to the pet.
Some pet feeders stray away from this simple and basic design by slightly changing the technologies and the way the food is delivered to the pet. These three components, however, are all that you’ll need to focus on.
This simplifies the process of picking the right pet feeder for your fluffy friends. There are many options of automatic pet feeders to choose from, each with its own pros and cons.
Video Instructions on Building Automatic Pet Feeders
Installing and Using a Microchip Pet Feeder in 6 Easy Steps
These steps will break down exactly what you’ll need to do to successfully have an automatic way to feed your pets while you’re away.
The steps will start with getting your pet prepared. Then we will take you through the steps of buying and installing your pet feeder. By the end of this guide, you will know exactly how to install the pet feeder and train your pet on using it.
Step 1: Installing the Microchip Into Your Pet
A microchip is a tiny device that’s implanted in your pet, usually between the shoulder plates. It often contains your pet’s ID and contains your contact information.
Microchips are usually inserted in pets as a surplus measure to ensure your pet is retrieved if lost without a collar.
Online Forums have plenty of discussions about this procedure. You might want to follow a few of these FAQs from pet owners who want to know more. Several vets talk about the process of microchipping pets in detail.
If you are still squeamish about the idea of your pet being injected with a microchip, you always have the option of buying a collar with the microchip implanted inside.
For the sake of our feeder, however, the microchip will serve as an indicator for the feeder. It signals it to open the compartment where your pet’s meal is stored, at the specific feeding times.
Step 2: Picking Your Device
Within the previously mentioned blueprint or general outline of what a pet feeder usually consists of, there are multiple variations ranging from size to functionality. The market name for these pet feeders is called selective pet feeders. In general, there are two main types of selective pet feeders:
Restricted-Access Feeding Stations
Simple feeding bowls with covers on them. They have openings suited for pets of a specific size.
Electronic/Microchip Selective Pet-Feeders
They rely on wireless technologies and sensors. This way, they’ll provide food only to the selected pet, using the microchip-ID of the pet.
There’s an abundance of options, but the top-rated devices to select from, depend on your needs. Specifically, the size and number of your pets.
Step 3: Setting Up Your Microchip Pet Feeder
The next step is setting up your microchip feeder. Most feeders are battery-powered, which means you’ll have to buy the corresponding batteries for your feeder. The rating is usually indicated on the packaging.
You also have the option to buy one with a power plug. However, that’s not recommended as it might leave room for accidents and mishaps involving your pets.
You’ll also need to place the feeder in an accessible place to your pets. Usually in their regular feeding area, but keep extra attention to keep it away from moisture and water sources.
Step 4: Configuring the Microchip
Next, you need to configure your microchip to the feeder. Most configurations are as easy as pressing a button on the back of your feeder. The button will usually be labeled with an “add pet” figure.
Press the button, put some food in the bowl, and let your pet place its head in the bowl. If you have multiple pets, make sure to keep all other pets away while you do this process. As it might interfere with the device’s recognition of the pet, and then you’ll have to perform a factory reset.
Step 5: Providing the Food
Most pet feeders are made for cats. Some give you the option of dry or wet food for your pet. But, it’s preferable to put dry food in the feeder as it makes it easier for the gates and the dispensaries.
Step 6: Teaching Your Pet How to Use the Feeder
Before you start automating the lid for the pet, make sure to keep it open for a few days for your pet to get used to it and not get scared away. Then, you can automate the lid to close and open only when your pet is around.
All in all, microchip pet feeders provide a convenient and safe way to feed your pets while you’re away from the house.
Not only do they save money on overfeeding your pets, but they also help you plan your pet’s meals. In addition, they prevent multiple pets from eating each other’s food. Microchip pet feeders are the future of convenient and effective pet care.