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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-04-2004, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Automatic Feeders

How do they work? Are they any good? Are they worth it?

I wish I could go camping for a weekend and I don't know anyone who could come and feed our cats. What automatic feeder be good for me? Or should I keep looking for some "cat sitter"?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-04-2004, 01:23 PM
 
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I personally prefer a cat sitter.

I'm about to go away myself. For this short time I am simply leaving a regular feeder out for them.
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Automatic feeders are great! ^_^ I use them if we have to go out of town for a little while and my cat needs to be fed.

It depends on what kind of feeder you get - some feeders are operated by batteries or electricity - and when the time for feeding comes - the food pops out for a certain amount of time - and then pop - the door shuts.

I personally prefer just the normal-everyday feeder that looks like this:

http://www.petsmart.com/global/product_ ... 8964995987

That way I don't have to worry about a feeder breaking - and my cat can always get something to eat when he wants while I'm gone.
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Thanks! I still have more questions:

What if I have 3 cats? Would there be enough food for all of them? How does it manage the amount? And what is the max of days it works for?

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I'm glad you asked this question. I was wondering myself. Since I will be moving soon and I won't have my sister and mom to watch mine. How in the heck do you manage it for a wet food diet?
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I don't think you can use it for wet food - which is sad because I feed our cats wet food 90%.

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The one I showed you really only works for dried food. There are a few other feeders that feed wet food that keep it refrigerated, some of them hold up to 5 meals I believe.

If you have 3 cats I would sugest getting a BIG feeder, if not maybe 2 if your worried. They come in all sizes and if you just want to go out for a weekend I'm sure they will be well fed.

If you decide to go with the wet cat food feeder that despenses meals - you might want to try it out while you are there - so the cats get the idea, and so you don't have to worry if they'll figure it out or not. You might also have to keep one kitty per room if you are doing the wet feeder - since there will only be 5 portions and if one gets greedy - they could go up and eat the other kitties food. You'd probably have to buy 3 feeders - and that's not cheap!

I'd just go with the dry feeder - 2 or 3 days eatting dry food probably won't hurt them and it would be much easier on you fiancialy and mentally.
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Stupid me! I forgot to give you a link to a wet catfood feeder - here you go!

http://www.petsmart.com/global/product_ ... 9008025285

It says ice packs - so I'm not sure if these packs are cooled by the machine or if you have to toss them in the fridge for a while. I'd take a look at something "like this" if this particular machine is not what your looking for. If it keeps the food cool though - you should be able to keep your wet food nice and fresh.
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Thank you so much! I will check it out and discuss it with my hubby. The dry food feeder should be fine - I think they can have the dry food for 2-3 days.

What about the litter box? I have just a regular one. I don't have the self cleaning one and I can't afford it right one.

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Litter box, huh? Do you have to clean out the litter box at least once a day? You could probably just buy another to add to your existing litter box or boxes depending on how many you have right now. Just get another regular one - it'll be fine - and way cheaper than the self cleaning ones. ^_^
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