Yes, microchip feeders do indeed work, and they are a great option for multi-animal households where food-stealing has become a problem. By means of an RFID chip in your cat or small dog’s collar, the feeder will open when the animal is close enough and shut when they move away — protecting the food from bullies!
Today we’ll tell you a little more about automated feeding options and concerns. Want to know how to keep a cat from knocking over their feeder or if gravity feeders are good for dog? The answers to these questions and more are waiting for you in the sections below!
Table of Contents
- Are microchip feeders worth it?
- How do microchip feeders work?
- How do I teach my cat to use a microchip feeder?
- Is there a microchip feeder for small dogs?
- How do I stop my cat from knocking over my automatic feeder?
- What is the best microchip cat feeder?
- How do you feed multiple cats different foods?
- What is a gravity pet feeder?
- Are gravity feeders good for dogs?
- Can I put water in a gravity feeder?
Are microchip feeders worth it?
Microchip feeders are an excellent option is you have multiple pets and there is sometimes bullying occurring when it’s feeding time. The microchip is placed in a cat or small dog’s collar, so that the food bowl will open when they are close and close safely shut when the animal moves away.
This keeps the other dogs or cats from bullying the other animals for their food, making microchip feeders a perfect solution for a multiple-animal household.
How do microchip feeders work?
Microchip feeders work based on sensors that can detect a microchip housed in your pet’s collar. When your dog or cat is close, the food bowl automatically opens, and they can eat right away.
When they are done (or if another cat or dog drives them away), the sensor notices the chip is out of range and closes the food bowl. This helps to keep the peace when you have more than one animal and also helps ensure that no one is missing meals because of a bully!
How do I teach my cat to use a microchip feeder?
Cats can be a little afraid of the sudden opening and closing of a feeder door at first, but many models will include a ‘training mode’ that can help your cat to get used to it. Barring this, treats are an easy way to get their attention.
You can put a treat in front of the feeder, with another treat inside with the food, and when your cat gets close then the door will open and if they don’t jump away immediately, they’ll see that treat! You may have to repeat this a few times, but your kitty will eventually get used to the feeder.
Is there a microchip feeder for small dogs?
Yes. There are a number of microchip feeders that are a good fit for both cats and dogs. For small dogs, the SureFeed Small Dog and Cat feeder is one of the top-sellers. SureFeed models are easy to use and reliable, with the reviews from other dog and cat owners to back up the ‘hype’ around these feeders.
They come with an RFID tag to put in your dog’s collar and once your dog learns to use it, then the other dogs in the house won’t be able to steal his or her food anymore!
How do I stop my cat from knocking over my automatic feeder?
Cats have a habit of trying to reach their paws in to automatic feeders, in hopes of fishing out an extra snack or two when their bowl is empty – especially if you are pushing a diet on them and they don’t like it! To keep your cat from knocking the feeder over, place it first in a corner.
The two walls angled together should help, but you can further reinforce the feeder by using double-sided take underneath it to help affix the base to the floor. Between these two safeguards, the feeder should be quite secure, just replace the tape weekly for best results.
What is the best microchip cat feeder?
Two of the bestselling models include the Surefeed Microchip feeder and the Sureflap Microchip feeder. Both of these products have gotten rave reviews, citing their durability, dependability, and their overall ease of use.
Setup with either model may be done in a matter of minutes and both of these models are competitively priced, so that you can purchase more than one so that each kitty has an assigned feeder and their own microchip and won’t be stealing the other’s food!
How do you feed multiple cats different foods?
A microchip feeder is the easiest way to feed different foods to different kitties. Keep in mind if you will be using wet food, that the model of feeder you select needs to support this. Feeders that work with wet food use an ice pack or automated refrigeration to help keep wet food fresh, so you should check for this.
Do NOT put wet food in a dry-food-only feeder, as this is likely to damage that feeder or even make it completely unusable. Finally, you can also simply feed them in separate rooms at different times if you don’t want to use an automatic feeder.
What is a gravity pet feeder?
A gravity feeder is a feeding option that, at it’s most basic, is essentially an overturned container filled with food which is affixed to a bowl. The container is placed so that when your cat eats and lowers the level of food, gravity ensures that more food falls down into the bowl.
This keeps the bowl full until the container runs out and is a great option, provided that your cat does not overeat habitually. If they do, then an automatic feeder would be a better option to prevent your cat from simply eating all of the food in one go.
Are gravity feeders good for dogs?
Gravity feeders can be a great thing for dogs or they could be a really bad idea – it all depends on your dog. Some dogs are gluttons, eating food whenever they see it, whether they are hungry or not. If your dog is like this, then a gravity feeder is just a recipe for obesity.
That said, if your dog only eats when they are hungry, then a gravity feeder can save you time and your dog will always have a full bowl waiting whenever they feel a little peckish.
Can I put water in a gravity feeder?
Yes, there are Gravity feeders which are designed for water, which function much the same as the plumbing concept that makes your toilet work.
A hose, attached to a faucet, is secured to the bowl, so that as your dog drinks and the level lowers, gravity and water pressure ensure that the bowl is immediately refilled with fresh water.