There are a lot of different choices when searching the best automatic cat feeders with the prices ranging from $20 up to $300. This cat food dispenser guide provides detailed information and a list of the best cat feeders for 2016 to help you find that feeder that matches your needs.
Last update on 2018-08-21 / refreshed every 4 hours / Contains affiliate links
What type of Automatic Cat Feeder is right for you?
When our last automatic cat feeder stopped working we needed a new one… We have two cats AND we like to co camping for about 8 weekends a year… Basically there are a few different types of cat feeders all tailored to their specific users, ranging from the wifi automatic cat feeder on the high end to the electric timed cat feeder in the middle range to the simple gravity cat food dispenser.
1) Top 3 cat wet food feeders
Canned food dispensers are really handy for bosses of cats who need to get wet food (according to our vet mostly cats who have kidney / renal problems as the extra fluid helps the kidneys or just for cats who like wet cat food).
So here are the 3 most sold wet cat food dispensers:
2) Top 3 dry cat food dispensers
A dry cat food dispenser is good for a lot of cats. With of course acces to water somewhere.
3) Top 3 cat feeder with timer
There are a lot of timed cat feeders available and for a lot of cats and their bosses this is a savior.
4) automatic cat feeder for two cats
With the multi cat feeder or an automatic cat feeder for two cats most cat parents mean a selective pet feeder. These are also available but not wide spread. Here are a few I could find. Rfid pet feeder (Microchip controlled feeder): The SureFeed and the Wireless Whiskers Pet Feeder. A new one is available though kickstart.
5) Top 3 “cat proof” cat feeders
With some cats a “cat proof” cat feeder is really necessary. Or if they have hungry doggy house mates it can be a great solution too.
6) Top 3 simple cat feeders
We used to have a simple cat feeder as we only gave dry food. It worked based on gravity and it lasted for a really long time (about 18 years or so). This will only work if your cat is self limiting on his food, which both our cats are, as they can eat as much as they want. These are the automatic cat feeders in the low budget range. I think I would prefer a gravity feeder but you could give it a try.
A DIY Cat Feeder Video
Great solution for the handy DIY. I do think my cats would start eating more and more just for the fun of the game.
Automatic Cat Feeder Brands
List of best known available brands:
Petmate programmable automatic feeder (or should I say: Le bistro pet feeder / Aspen pet feeder):
Petmate Infinity Portion Control Automatic Dog Cat Feeder
Petmate Aspen Le Bistro Portion-Control Automatic Pet Feeder
Petmate Café Feeder
Cat mate feeder :
Cat Mate C10 Automatic Pet Feeder
Cat Mate C20 Automatic Pet Feeder
Cat Mate C50 Automatic Pet Feeder
Cat Mate C3000 Automatic Dry Food Pet Feeder
Rfid pet feeder (Microchip controlled feeder):
Wireless Whiskers Pet Feeder
Healthy Pet Simply Feed 12-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder
5-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder
2-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder
Less well known brands are:
Home Intuition Portion Control 6-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder
Zoo Med BettaMatic Automatic Daily Betta Feeder
Pyrus Large Automatic Cat Feeder
Crown Majestic Diamond Series V3
Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder Food Dispenser
Animal Planet Programmable Electronic Pet Feeder
Best automatic cat feeders Reviews
Though there seem to pop up new cat feeders all the time some of the evergreen feeders are still available and are perfectly usable so I kept the information about them here for those who want to look it up. Tested by time!
1) Petmate Le Bistro Portion-Control Automatic Pet Feeder
The pros of the Petmate LeBistro Pet Feeder: The programming of this feeder has an easy setup, will cost you just a few minutes, unlike some other feeders. The feeder can hold up to 5 pounds of food which makes it one of the bigger ones. The bowl is removable so cleaning the feeder is simple. And last but not least; the LCD shows if the have had their meal so your furry friend can act what he wants but you know if he has already eaten or not.
The cons of the Le bistro pet feeder: Take care you attach the lid and the container properly, else your cat can open it. The portion control is based on large size dry food while normal cat food is smaller so it is not very accurate. You will need to figure out how much you need to use with your own cat food.
The pros of the Crestuff 6 Meal Automatic Pet Feeder: The feeder has 6 compartments so if you feed your cat 2 a day you only need to refill it once every three days. (not every day likes one reviewer said) Great for if you are out for the weekend. It is relatively easy to clean.
The cons of the crestuff 6 feeder: You do need to read the manual to understand how to program it. It has no plugin option for power. One reviewer did say she was already using it for two month without replacing the batteries though so they seem to last a while.
3) Large Automatic Pet Feeder Electronic Programmable Portion Control Cat Feeder
The pros of this Large Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder with LCD Display: It is a real “cat proof” feeder: It is large and heavy which makes it stable. The mechanism closes at the chute so your cat can’t paw out extra food. The lid closes good so no option to pry it open with cat paws. You can record your own voice on it, some cats like that.
The cons of the AF-100 electronic feeder: It is a really hard feeder to program. Even the more tech-savy tend to find it difficult. And on top of that, when the battery runs out you will have to do the programming again. next to that the lowest amount of food seems to be 1/2 cup of food even if you set it on 1/4 cup.
4) PetSafe 5-meal Electronic Pet Feeder
This is the bestseller at this moment so the pros and cons are described there.
Pros of the Petsafe PF5-11 Feeder : The batteries seem to last a long time, according to some about 4 months, as the motor runs only a few times a day.
Cons of the petsafe 5 meal electronic feeder: It makes a whirring sound when it rotates to the next dish. This can take your cat a while to adapt. Some cats and dogs seem to be able to manipulate the feeder to dispense food early. If they are a bit intelligent or determined the can open it. they don’t need to be particularly handy, heavy or strong.
5) Crown Majestic – Diamond Series V2R – Automatic Pet Feeder
Pros of the Crown Majestic V2R: It comes with a plugin! Real nice for those of us who use it when they travel and don’t want to be wondering if the batteries still hold. You can get a free protection guard to stop the cats from pawing their way to the next food dish. Rationing the portions seem to be right when the hopper is full.
Cons of the crown majestic V2 feeder: The food tray is not removable so cleaning is a bit more work. The feeding schedule is difficult. You can only set the time for her first meal and then choose how often a day it will dispense food. The hopper is black so you can’t see how much kibbles there are left and if your cat is running out of food.
6) Crestuff Automatic Portion Control Dog and Cat Pet Feeder (45 Cups)
Pros of the Crestuff Automatic Portion Control Dog and Cat Pet Feeder with LCD Screen and Meal Time Message Recorder: The hopper is easy to remove and to clean and it is big so you don’t have to refill often. You can feed manually in addition to only programmed. It has a good range of possible programs. The top cap, the latches on the food bin and the feed tray lock well so a nosing cat or dog cant’t open it.
Cons of the crestuff feeder: The programming is really tough and on top of that if you turn the machine of it will not keep the program in memory so you will have to do it again. The sound is “cat scary” loud. It jams with large kibbles. Too much food is to heavy for the motor and to little lowers the amount of dispensed food, so the bin needs to be 1/4 to 3/4 full to work optimal.
7) Animal Planet Programmable Electronic Pet Feeder
Pros of the Animal Planet Programmable Electronic Pet Feeder: This feeder is easy to program unlike most cat feeders. It has an AC adapter and batteries.
Cons of the Animal Planet feeder: The feeding portions are not correct like most other feeders. Next to that this feeder is high and becomes top heavy when filled with food, so it topples over easily. The hopper is made of flimsy plastic and as a consequence the lid comes of to easy. Especially if your cat is trying.
8) Cat Mate C3000 Automatic Dry Food Pet Feeder
Pros of the Cat Mate C3000 Automatic Dry Food Pet Feeder: This feeder is dishwasher proof! Solid made hopper. Though the food bin is tinted, it is clear enough to see the food level in it.
Cons of the Cat Mate C3000: According to some reviews it doesn’t seem work. The tube is too wide so your cat can get the kibbles out with his paws. Not hard but slow to program. You need to wait 60 seconds after setting the clock. Once programmed it works good.
9) Lentek 6-Day Automatic Pet Dish
Pros of the Lentek 6-Day Automatic Pet Dish: Keeps up when abused by some rough fury friends
Cons of the Lentek 6-Day Automatic Pet Dish: 2 main drawbacks are 1) The batteries drain relatively quickly, about every 3 weeks. This gets expensive after a while. 2) It is not possible to set a start feeding time. It starts when the you start the power. This means that if you want to feed your cat everyday on say 9 AM you will have to plug the battery in on that time the first day. And every time you change batteries. And minor complaint – The engine is quite loud.
10) Cat Mate C50 – Timed Cat Feeder
Pros of the Cat Mate C50 Automatic Pet Feeder: Really Quiet! nice for those of us who live in a small apartment. And it runs on 1 AA battery and has a battery-life counter so you can see when it needs to be replaced. You are able to set the timer on anytime you want. Dishwasher safe!
Cons of the Catmate C50: The batteries can drop out after a while. And the hinges on the top of the door can wear out before the unit does. Though not as it should be of course, you can solve both these problems with mailing tape.