The price for microchip feeders varies, based on things like features and brand recognition, but you can expect a basic microchip feeder to cost around $50 up to $180+ for models, with the higher end models often including features such as wi-fi, refrigeration, and other extras.
Check the warranty before you buy to get the most out of your investment!
In today’s article, we’re going to answer common questions about microchip feeders which are trending this week on the web. Are these feeders good for dieting cats? How long do they usually last before you need replacement? Read on for the answers to these questions and more!
Table of Contents
- What are microchip feeders?
- How do microchip feeders work?
- Are microchip feeders good?
- How long do microchip feeders last?
- Which microchip feeders are best?
- How do I stop my cat from knocking over their microchip feeder?
- Is there a microchip feeder for dogs?
- How long can I leave my cat alone with a microchip feeder?
- Do microchip feeders work with wet food?
- Are microchip feeders good for dieting cats?
What are microchip feeders?
Microchip feeders are a type of automatic feeder that is a great option for multiple pet households. They dispense food like a standard automatic feeder but more importantly, they also protect it.
The door will only open for a specific cat with the provide microchip attached to their collar and it closes when they leave or another animal pushes them away. This helps to prevent bullying for food and helps to ensure that none of your pets are going hungry.
How do microchip feeders work?
Microchip feeders work by means of a sensor that is designed to detect a specific RFID chip which is attached to one cat’s collar. When this chip is close, the sensor detects it and opens the door to allow access to the food. When the cat leaves, the absence of the chip causes the door to close, protecting the food.
This makes microchip feeders an excellent way to stop food bullying, which can be a big problem in multiple pet households.
Are microchip feeders good?
Microchip feeders are definitely nice to have and they solve the bullying problem quite nicely. More often than not, when you have more than one pet, they will establish ‘ranks’ of dominance and this can result in the ‘dominant’ pets stealing food from the ‘weaker’ or simply smaller ones.
By introducing microchip feeders into the equation, this becomes much more difficult for them to do, and a concerned owner can worry less that certain animals are going hungry. This makes them an excellent investment and an ideal solution to the bullying problem.
How long do microchip feeders last?
Microchip feeders last, on average, approximately 8 months up to 1 year with regular, daily use. Some are designed to last longer, so it really pays to spend the extra $10 to $15 dollars (in many cases) to get a higher-end model from a trusted brand.
A good example are the SureFeed Microchip feeders, which come with a robust 3-year warranty, so that you can get a lot more mileage out of your investment.
So, be sure to check the warranties of the brands that you are considering – a good, long-term warranty in fairly clear (as opposed to incredibly vague legalese) terms is an excellent sign that you are buying a quality product. You want a brand that stands by their product.
Which microchip feeders are best?
Among the top models, the Sure Products ‘Surefeed’ microchip feeder is one of the top rated for reliability, durability, and ease of use. Other good options to consider are the SureFlap microchip cat feeder and the Ourpets ‘Wonder Bowl’, which is good for both cats as well as small dogs.
These models will get you a lot of mileage for your investment and you can set them up in minutes!
How do I stop my cat from knocking over their microchip feeder?
The easiest ways to secure a microchip feeder are going to fall into the categories of ‘location’ and ‘securing the base’. Place your microchip feeder in a corner and you’re halfway there. The juxtaposition of the two walls helps to keep it from being knocked backwards quite effectively, so this is a good start.
Next, get some Velcro tape and put 3 strips on the floor, with another 3 strips on the base of the unit. When you set the feeder down, the Velcro should adhere nicely, and your kitties won’t be able to budge that feeder much, if at all!
Is there a microchip feeder for dogs?
Yes and no. There are microchip feeders for dogs, but they are only designed for SMALL dogs. These include the Ourpets ‘Wonder Bowl’ and the Sureflap microchip feeder.
Both of these are top-rated options, easy to set up and designed to last a long time, but if you check around then you can find a number of other models that will also serve for a mixed pet household
How long can I leave my cat alone with a microchip feeder?
While it might seem like you could leave your cat alone for a few days with one or two microchip feeders ensuring their meals are coming like clockwork, it is not recommended that you leave your cat alone for more than 24 hours.
The reasons for this are twofold – first off, your cat gets stressed whenever you aren’t there.
Despite their mysterious and sometimes ‘snobby’ natures, your cat notices whenever you do something that they aren’t expecting, such as an impulsive trip to see a friend or even an emergency run to the convenience store for sugar. This stresses your cat, who likes things to always be the same, and can even depress them if it happens too often.
Next, even if your cat was fine with it, there’s no way to guarantee that the feeder hasn’t jammed or otherwise malfunctioned. Machines break down at weird times, even the best made ones.
If you need to be away for a long time, a pet sitter or a trusted friend is going to be the best option for your cat’s safety and mental health.
Do microchip feeders work with wet food?
Some do, but only specific models. You can’t simply put wet food into a dry-food only unit, as this will likely just damage the internal mechanism and void your warranty.
Some microchip feeders that do let you use wet food include The Cat Mate C300, the ORSDA Pet Auto feeder, and the SureFeed microchip small feeder. Any of these feeders will support the use of both dry kibble and wet cat food, if you would like that option.
Are microchip feeders good for dieting cats?
Yes. With a microchip feeder you will know exactly how many calories your cat is ingesting and with wet and dry feeder options, you can even give a specific kitty a specialized diet of food that’s different from what you have in the other feeders.
This makes them an excellent choice for kitties that need to lose a little weight.