Best Automatic Cat Feeders

While most of us spend a good deal of time with our kitties catering to their every need, there are times when we can’t be home to feed them, and that’s when an automatic feeder may be useful. Automatic feeders can help keep your feline friend on a good feeding schedule when you have to work late or be gone for short periods from your home and give you peace of mind. Sometimes you may be home and want to sleep in when your kitty wants his breakfast on time.

While they are convenient, these products are not all made equal, and some can cause more problems than they solve. Your home environment, other pets, your cat’s temperament, dietary needs, and other variables should all be taken into consideration when choosing an automatic cat feeder.

Best Automatic Cat Feeders

Best Plate-Style
SureFlap - SureFeed - Microchip Pet Feeder
SureFlap - SureFeed - Microchip Pet Feeder Best Plate-Style
$150
on amazon
9/10
  • What we Like
  • Useful for multiple cat/dog households
  • Ideal for prescription diets
  • What we Dislike
  • Other cats can eat from behind
  • Lid closes very slowly
  • Does not portion out food
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Plate style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 13.5 fl. oz
EATING AREA TYPE: Plastic bowl
MATERIALS: Plastic
clear acrylic
Our Review

This feeder is a very innovative design and may help with solving the problem owners of multiple cats have typically struggled with- how to feed multiple cats different kinds of food or keep more aggressive kitties from eating all the food, starving out the more passive members of the family. This is the best cat feeder for pet owners with more than one cat. A radio-frequency (RFID) chip worn on the collar of the cat who will be eating from the dish will activate the feeder, opening the clear acrylic lid. Only the cat wearing the RFID chip can activate the feeder opening. This is a great way to feed a cat needing a prescription diet and to keep everyone else from eating what’s in this dish. As much as we love this product there are some drawbacks and of course, with anything involving cats, it’s not 100% foolproof. This will need to be placed in a location that does not allow another cat to eat from the back of the feeder. The company does sell an upgrade rear cover to address this problem, along with replacement bowls, split bowls or stainless steel options. A determined cat may be able to get his claws up under the lid as there is a small gap under the lid. This feeder also does not dispense multiple meals, so is best suited for single meals or a cat that likes to graze on his food over time.

Automatic Pet Feeder 3.3L Smart Dog Cat Food Dispenser
Automatic Pet Feeder 3.3L Smart Dog Cat Food Dispenser
$70
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Up to 4 meals/day
  • Dual power supply
  • Voice recorder
  • What we Dislike
  • Does not seal tightly
  • Quality control
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Programmable hopper style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 6.5 lbs of dry food
EATING AREA TYPE: Plastic tray
MATERIALS: ABS plastic
Our Review

We love the fact that this hopper-style automatic cat feeder has a dual power source so if you come home and all your electric and appliance clocks are flashing at you, you know at least your cat was fed regularly. This unit allows you to record a 10-second clip of your voice to summon your cat for mealtimes. It can dispense several different portion sizes that are not always precise. You will definitely want to test this with your cat’s kibble to be sure this is accurate as it may not work as well with smaller or very large kibble sizes. Overall a great unit with a latching lid that should keep most kitties from breaking into it. It may not be dog-proof for larger dogs who could potentially tip it so if you also own a food-motivated dog, we recommend placing this unit somewhere they cannot get to it unsupervised.

Best Budget
Petmate Pet Café Feeder
Petmate Pet Café Feeder Best Budget
$18
on amazon
4/10
  • What we Like
  • Easy to fill
  • Easy for cats to reach
  • Low maintenance
  • Can choose a small or large capacity
  • What we Dislike
  • Does not regulate portion size
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • No airtight seal
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Gravity-fed hopper style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 3 lbs
6 lbs
or 12 lbs
EATING AREA TYPE: Plastic tray
MATERIALS: Plastic
PET
Our Review

These gravity-fed feeders come in 5 colors and are great for the cat who likes to graze periodically throughout the day and does not gorge himself on available food until it’s a) gone or b) he vomits. They are friendly to your wallet as well. We do not like that the food is not sealed so if your cat is picky about his food being very very fresh the gravity-fed hopper feeder may not be a good option for you. We’ve also seen that these kinds of feeders with readily available food may attract ants in the summertime or other pests such as rodents.

WOpet Pet Feeder,Automatic Cat Feeder Pet Food Dispenser
WOpet Pet Feeder,Automatic Cat Feeder Pet Food Dispenser
$0
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Voice recorder
  • IR detector
  • Up to 4 meals/day
  • What we Dislike
  • Stainless steel bowl not included
  • Quality control/no customer service
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Programmable hopper style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 17 cups dry food
EATING AREA TYPE: Plastic tray
MATERIALS: Plastic
Our Review

This is a clean, modern-looking feeder. We like the IR detector that prevents the tray from overfilling. It has a dual power source. This feeder has a very specific size of kibble that will work with it and may malfunction, so we’d recommend you experiment heavily with it before the return window closes. The Bluetooth functionality does periodically have some issues.

WOpet 7L Automatic Pet Feeder Food Dispenser for Cats
WOpet 7L Automatic Pet Feeder Food Dispenser for Cats
$90
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Dual power source
  • Customizable food auger
  • Removable tray
  • What we Dislike
  • Difficult to swap augers
  • Quality control issues on some units
  • Food can get jammed in crevices
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Programmable feeder style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 20 cups dry food
EATING AREA TYPE: Plastic tray
MATERIALS: Plastic
Our Review

We like this programmable hopper style cat feeder because you can change the auger(the wheel that dispenses dry food) from a larger to a smaller size to accommodate different sizes of kibble. You are able to record your voice summoning your cat for feeding times. It is relatively quiet and the food hitting the tray is noisier than the motor. We love that the food tray is removable and dishwasher safe. Unfortunately, there are crevices on either side of the food chute where kibble can get stuck and encourage a frustrated cat to begin tampering with the unit. The programming panel is on the rear of the unit, making it less likely that one of your four-legged family members might lean against the buttons changing any settings. It has a lockable lid but it is not airtight.

Best Smart Hopper-Style
PETKIT Automatic Pet Feeder
PETKIT Automatic Pet Feeder Best Smart Hopper-Style
$200
on amazon
9/10
  • What we Like
  • Can be controlled with ALEXA
  • Can accommodate smaller kibble/portions
  • Sealed food compartment
  • What we Dislike
  • Higher price point
  • Software can be glitchy
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Smart hopper style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 6 lbs
EATING AREA TYPE: steel bowl
MATERIALS: Plastic
steel
melamine
silicone
Our Review

This is a well-designed cat feeder with a dual power source, sealed food compartment, and a stainless steel food tray. We love that this company has included thoughtful and effective touches such as a silicone seal on both the top loading door and the dispenser door to keep food fresh and discourage your cat from trying to raid the feeder. It even has a compartment containing a desiccant material, an additional freshness measure that can be refreshed monthly.  It has an efficient oscillating feeder to reduce the clogs/accumulation of kibble that can cause missed feedings. We like that this feeder can be controlled using an app or Alexa both for a regular programmed schedule and additional feedings. There may be some issues with the software as some users have reported, and with all technology, the possibility of the app becoming obsolete or unsupported in the future could be an issue.

Iseebiz Automatic Cat Feeder 3L Pet Food Dispenser Feeder
Iseebiz Automatic Cat Feeder 3L Pet Food Dispenser Feeder
$59
on amazon
6/10
  • What we Like
  • Dual power source
  • 10-second voice recorder
  • IR bowl sensor
  • What we Dislike
  • Difficult to clean
  • Quality control issues
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Programmable hopper-style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: small (3 lbs)
large (6 lbs)
EATING AREA TYPE: Plastic tray
MATERIALS: Plastic
Our Review

This is a cute programmable feeder with a dual power source design. It can be programmed for up to 4 meals a day. We like the feeders that you can program with your voice although this may make some cats nervous when they come running and realize it’s not really you. With time, most cats learn that whatever it is, it means food. There is no seal on the top or on the feeding chute, which means food can get stale. It has an infrared sensor to detect clogging or overflow of food in the tray. We don’t like that the tray has to be wiped clean and cannot be detached and washed separately.

PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Cat and Dog Feeder
PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Cat and Dog Feeder
$81
on amazon
2/10
  • What we Like
  • Program up to 12 meals
  • Slow feed option
  • Detachable bowl
  • What we Dislike
  • Difficult programming
  • Quality control issues
  • Flimsy latch
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Programmable hopper style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 4 lbs
EATING AREA TYPE: stainless steel bowl
MATERIALS: Plastic
steel
melamine
Our Review

This unit was very disappointing because as owners of cats who love to binge-and-purge, the slow feeding option was extremely attractive and not available on a lot of other feeders. The detachable steel bowl is also a big plus. There are a lot of issues with this unit, starting with how complicated it is to program and figure out. The interface looks like 15-year-old technology and there is a lot of room for error with it. The conveyor-belt style feeding mechanism can easily get food into the mechanical portion of the unit and cause issues. The latch is weak and the whole unit is cheaply made so a determined cat could easily break into it. The see-through plastic on the hopper portion of the feeder may help the pet parent see how low the level of food may be getting but the sight of all the food and the lack of a seal keeping it fresh (and the smell from permeating the room) creates an irresistible temptation for a food-motivated cat.

Cat Mate C500 Automatic Pet Feeder
Cat Mate C500 Automatic Pet Feeder
$51
on amazon
6/10
  • What we Like
  • Integrated ice packs to keep food fresh
  • Battery operated
  • Easy to clean
  • What we Dislike
  • Shorter battery life than advertised
  • Quality control issues
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Plate style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 5 x 3/4 lb portions of wet or dry food
EATING AREA TYPE: Plastic tray
MATERIALS: Plastic
Our Review

For kitties who have a wet or soft food diet, the plate style rotating feeders are an excellent alternative. They are essentially a 5 compartment tray with a rotating top that exposes the tray for each compartment at a specific time. This model can offer 5 meals has ice packs in the bottom to keep food fresh for quite some time. The trays do not always align with the top requiring some work on the unit but there are instructions for how to address the issue. We love that the top and tray can all go in the dishwasher because wet kitty food can be messy and smelly. Overall a good solution and simple to use. It can be mounted on a board to keep motivated cats from tipping it over.

PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Pet Feeder, Wi-Fi Enabled, Smartphone App
PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Pet Feeder, Wi-Fi Enabled, Smartphone App
$0
on amazon
3/10
  • What we Like
  • Up 12 meals
  • Slow feed option
  • Dual power source
  • Offline mode
  • Easy to clean
  • What we Dislike
  • Issues with app
  • Connectivity problems
  • Belt-fed
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Smart hopper style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: Up to 24 cups
EATING AREA TYPE: Stainless steel bowl
MATERIALS: BPA-free plastic
steel
Our Review

This is a more updated version of their standard belt-fed automatic feeder from PetSafe but we don’t see that some of the problems with the older models have been resolved. We love the option of using technology to stay connected to the feeder and ensure it is working properly but many users report issues with the app and connectivity. We don’t like the conveyer belt style distribution as kibble can be knocked into the mechanical portion of the feeder. The see-through plastic on the hopper portion of the feeder may help the pet parent see how low the level of food may be getting but the sight of all the food and the lack of a seal keeping it fresh (and the smell from permeating the room) creates an irresistible temptation for a food-motivated cat. We do like that you can clean the bowl,  hopper and the top tray.

Pedy Automatic 2 in 1 Automatic Pet Feeder & Waterer
Pedy Automatic 2 in 1 Automatic Pet Feeder & Waterer
$200
on amazon
2/10
  • What we Like
  • Anti-slip base
  • Voice programmable
  • What we Dislike
  • Quality control issues
  • Tray does not always line up with lid
  • Cheap construction
  • Water can spill into food
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Plate style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 4 x 3/4 Cup portions
EATING AREA TYPE: Plastic
MATERIALS: Plastic
Our Review

While the idea of an all-in-one feeding and watering station for your kitty may be appealing, we just don’t like a unit that has water and food in such proximity, especially in a feeder that may be in use during a pet parent’s access when the water area cannot be cleaned in the event food gets into it, so we cannot recommend this feeder for use longer than 12 hours. Harmful bacteria can form when food is left to sit in a cat’s water dish. If the gravity-fed bottle overflowed for any reason (and they often do) the water could also penetrate into the food trays making a mess of your kitty’s food. The rotating tray does not always cleanly line up and a determined cat realizing he has even partial access to a second tray will try to reach it. The unit is fairly stable but not tip-proof. For energetic and food-motivated kitties this unit is a recipe for disaster.

PetSafe Six Meal Automatic Pet Feeder
PetSafe Six Meal Automatic Pet Feeder
$0
on amazon
2/10
  • What we Like
  • Easy to program
  • Gravity-fed distribution
  • What we Dislike
  • Very short battery life
  • Quality control issues
  • Easy to break into
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Plate/hopper style hybrid
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 6 x 1-cup portions
EATING AREA TYPE: Plastic bowl
MATERIALS: Plastic
Our Review

This unit could be better but has a lot of issues. It is unstable and easy for a cat to break into. The plastic bowl and tray is flimsy and while it can be run through the dishwasher retains odors and eventually cracks. There is no auger or weird mechanism to clog up because the distribution of each portion just drops down into the bowl. The clear lid to the tray signals to any curious or hungry kitty exactly what’s inside and even an older kitty could easily break into the unit. It is not sealed well so the smell comes out and food gets stale. Because it only has 5 servings this may not be an issue.  It runs on expensive D batteries and uses a lot of them. Battery life is advertised at 9 months but this unit goes through a set of 4 of them faster than 2-3 months.

Slendor Smart Pet Feeder 12 Meals Auto Pet Feeder
Slendor Smart Pet Feeder 12 Meals Auto Pet Feeder
$0
on amazon
5/10
  • What we Like
  • 1080 HD Camera
  • ALEXA compatible
  • Food level indicator
  • Dual power source
  • What we Dislike
  • Connectivity issues
  • Quality control issues
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Smart hopper style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 6 lbs
EATING AREA TYPE: ABS Plastic tray
MATERIALS: Plastic
Our Review

This feeder has a detachable tray that can be easily cleaned and a dual power source in case the power goes out in your home. The top latch is weak and the rotating auger that distributes the food can easily get clogged with medium-sized to larger kitty kibble. This unit does not have a seal to keep the food fresh. It is, however, chock full of digital features such as a power indicator LED light, Wi-Fi connectivity LED light, microphone, micro-SD card slot, 1080 HD camera and integration with ALEXA if you have one of those in your home. The manufacturers of this product are very excited about the technology included with this feeder but we aren’t completely sold on it because of some of the design flaws. There are some connectivity issues with the app and WiFi and it doesn’t always stay connected. We like technology and this has the potential to be lots of fun for the pet owner that loves to stay connected, but like most technology-driven products, we just get nervous about how suitable for heavy or long-term use it may be.

Best Overall
HoneyGuaridan A36 Automatic Pet Feeder
HoneyGuaridan A36 Automatic Pet Feeder Best Overall
$0
on amazon
7/10
  • What we Like
  • Voice programmable
  • Washable bowl
  • Offline mode
  • Dual power source
  • What we Dislike
  • Difficult to program
  • Clogs with medium/larger kibble
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Programmable hopper style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 13 cups
EATING AREA TYPE: Stainless steel bowl
MATERIALS: ABS plastic
Our Review

This is overall a well-designed automatic cat feeder with dual power sources. The lid locks securely and rather than a clear hopper it has a flashing light indicator when the food level is low. We like that the stainless bowl can be washed. It can be programmed to feed but also has a manual feeding mode. There’s an infrared sensor to monitor the food level in the bowl or a clog in the feeding chute. A red light will display on the front of the unit when the bowl is full or clogged. It’s an attractive, simple design. Unfortunately, it does not have a seal on the top or on the food dispensing chute so the food may not stay as fresh as long.

WOpet Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder
WOpet Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder
$0
on amazon
1/10
  • What we Like
  • Can be programmed 48 hours in advance
  • Ice pack to keep wet food cool
  • What we Dislike
  • Difficult to clean
  • Low battery life
  • One hour increments only
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Plate style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 1 x 1.5 cup meal
EATING AREA TYPE: Plastic
MATERIALS: Plastic
Our Review

These feeders are good only for one meal. They are very basic- the timer on them is similar to the timer you’d use for a lamp only it’s battery powered. There is no indicator that the battery is running out other than when it stops working. They’re cheaply made and the food compartment cannot be detached from the rest of the unit making cleaning a bit of a hassle. While they have suction cups to affix the unit to the floor, suction cups don’t always work. They are still very lightweight and can be flipped over by a determined cat.

PetSafe 5-Meal Pet Feeder
PetSafe 5-Meal Pet Feeder
$0
on amazon
1/10
  • What we Like
  • Dishwasher safe eating tray
  • Programming buttons hidden beneath lid
  • What we Dislike
  • Quality control issues
  • Difficult to program
  • Lightweight and cheaply made
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Plate style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 5 x 1 cup meals
EATING AREA TYPE: BPA free plastic
MATERIALS: Plastic
Our Review

This feeder is the standard 5-portion feeder for wet or dry food, but we can’t even recommend it for wet food as there is no ice pack or cooling function to keep food fresh. The interface to program it looks like a 20-year-old Timex watch and is tricky to figure out. A determined cat can easily break into this feeder, especially when the plate does not line up with the opening correctly and he has access to two portions at a time.  A curious little paw can easily dislodge the weak latch and voila! If the latch isn’t opened this thing flips over easily. Your cat will think he won the jackpot every time. He may be happy but you won’t be. We were very unimpressed with the quality of materials in this feeder and don’t recommend it.

Petnet SmartFeeder (2nd generation) - Automatic Wi-Fi Pet Feeder
Petnet SmartFeeder (2nd generation) - Automatic Wi-Fi Pet Feeder
$0
on amazon
2/10
  • What we Like
  • Works with ALEXA, Nest, and Google Assistant
  • Sealed food compartment
  • Offline mode
  • What we Dislike
  • Not precise
  • Weak app
  • Connectivity issues
  • Poor customer service
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Smart hopper style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 7 lbs
EATING AREA TYPE: Steel bowl
MATERIALS: BPA free plastic
Our Review

We like the mechanical functions of this feeder and its appearance (other than the clear hopper, which invites trouble). The hopper container can be sealed to keep food fresh, access to the entire unit locked down, and the stainless steel bowl for feeding can be easily washed. Unfortunately, this device relies heavily on its smart technology and is controlled by a very glitchy app. Its offline mode may or may not work and the missed meal notifications from when it’s offline can be worrisome to a pet parent away from the home. Customer service is troublesome. As of the writing of this review, it would appear this second generation SmartFeeder is still in beta-testing mode.

Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder Food Dispenser
Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder Food Dispenser
$45
on amazon
2/10
  • What we Like
  • Dual power sources
  • Removable bowl
  • Easy to program
  • What we Dislike
  • Quality control issues
  • Auger feeder breaks easily
Product Details
FEEDER TYPE: Programmable hopper style
CAPACITY / NUMBER OF MEALS: 1.14 gallon
EATING AREA TYPE: Plastic
MATERIALS: Plastic
Our Review

This is a programmable hopper feeder with an auger feeding mechanism at the bottom that is too small for most kibble. It clogs easily and can break, and if the unit is knocked over or jarred it will distribute food outside of the feeding schedule.  We like the design where the programming interface is underneath the lid, protecting it from bumps and mishaps with your cat, but the electronics to operate it are cheap, unreliable and give out easily. Unfortunately it’s strikingly similar to many other identical feeders out there with different “brand” names on them.

Best Automatic Cat Feeders
Product Name Best for Rate
SureFlap - SureFeed - Microchip Pet Feeder Best Plate-Style 9
Petmate Pet Café Feeder Best Budget 4
PETKIT Automatic Pet Feeder Best Smart Hopper-Style 9
HoneyGuaridan A36 Automatic Pet Feeder Best Overall 7

HOW TO CHOOSE AN AUTOMATIC CAT FEEDER:

Most automatic cat feeders were designed for single kitty households or a home where dogs do not have access to the kitty food. If you have multiple cats or other animals in the home who have access to the feeder, it could be problematic, especially if any of them are pushy about food. You would not want your kitty’s food to be eaten by the dog or one cat to get all the food, all the time. It’s a good idea then to assess what might go wrong in this kind of scenario.  If you have multiple kitties on different diets or one of them is greedy, there are feeders on the market today with RFID chips that will only open for a cat with the matching tag on his collar. It may also be more convenient to feed a cat higher off the floor such as on a sideboard or lower table where it is easier for him to eat in peace.

It’s essential to consider your cat’s dietary needs as most automatic cat feeders are only suitable or work best with dry kibble unless they are a plate style feeder. Soft or wet food may be used with some plate feeders but as a general rule should not be left out very long and if this is primarily what your kitty eats a feed automatic feeder may not be an effective solution for absences of more than a few hours. Does your pet have a particular amount of food he should be fed each time or is there room for error? Not all feeders are specific enough for the needs of some cats on a limited or medical diet, and plate-style feeders are the few that will allow the exact measurement of cat food as you create the meal portions. It’s important to think about the cups of food your cat needs. Hopper-style feeders are not as precise and therefore not an effective way to manage your cat’s calorie intake. Electronic hopper feeders are rarely exact enough for a dietary purpose, and a gravity feeder will continue to distribute food until it’s gone. This can be a problem with cats who have no self-control with available food.

You should also take stock of your cat’s physical requirements for eating. Does your cat need a specific size or height of bowl to eat food easily or would he struggle with a narrow opening that some feeders use for access? Be sure to measure the dimensions of the container or food compartment including the depth to be sure your kitty can reach his food without straining.

 

Some automatic cat feeders can be very noisy and scare even the hungriest cat away. Most cats can tolerate change provided they are allowed to ease into a new routine or technology gradually. It is critical to acclimate your cat to a feeder before leaving him unattended with one, so he does not develop anxiety associated with the unit. Some feeders have the function where you can record your voice calling your kitty for dinner. While this is a thoughtful feature, again consider if this may frighten your cat.

 

Other considerations for an automatic cat feeder: If it’s a hopper-style feeder is the food kept securely inside and will the design of the food storage compartment ensure food stays fresh? Is there a possibility a power interruption or outage could disable the unit? Some units have a battery back-up. However, if your unit relies on wi-fi, you could experience the same issue with it not feeding correctly. You may not be able to diagnose a physical problem with the feeder such as a blockage or clog remotely either.

As convenient as it may seem, an automatic cat feeder may not be the best idea to utilize unattended for more than a few days as even the most expensive one could fail or malfunction, leaving your kitty without food if you do not have anyone coming to look in on him.

We’ve narrowed the cat feeders we’ll be reviewing into three categories. While we do not recommend the gravity-fed hopper style feeders for most kitties, they may work well for you if you are lucky enough to own a cat that only eats when he is hungry, paces his eating habits and does not gorge himself on food because it’s available. Gravity-fed feeders do not require electricity, programming, or wi-fi and are simple for your kitty to figure out.

Not all cats are alike, however, and we know that when left to their own devices with unlimited food, most kitties will overdo it and you may come home to a starving cat and a lot of vomit. That’s where the automatic feeders that dispense specific portions at intervals you choose come in.

Gravity-Fed Hopper Feeder Style: This style of feeder is basically a large plastic bottle with a wide mouth upside down over a food bowl or tray. As the cat eats, gravity allows more to flow into the bowl or tray.

  • May jam easily
  • No portion control
  • Does not keep food fresh

Plate Style Feeder: This style of feeder is typically a rotating tray with compartments or a series of compartments with lids that flip open

  • Portion size easy to control: pet owner determines and measures portions
  • Limited quantity of meals that can be distributed
  • Ideal for single-cat family

Programmable or Smart Hopper Style: These  are typically designed as a reservoir of kibble over a tray or bowl with the ability to program the frequency of cat food distribution or control remotely using an app

  • May malfunction with power/wifi outage
  • Precise portion control may be more difficult to achieve
  • Usually higher price point