This Review has been updated 19 times since it was first published in June of 2015. If you sometimes end up stuck at work and can’t get home as planned, but you don’t want your furry friends to go hungry, try one of these auto pet feeders. Your dog or cat or fish will be well provided for in your absence, and some of our picks even offer Wi-Fi capabilities for remote control and monitoring, and programming functionality for dispensing food in predetermined portions. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Review. Skip to the best automatic pet feeder on Amazon.
10. Petsafe Six Meal
The Petsafe Six Meal allows you to portion out dry food, so you’ll know exactly how much your dog or cat is getting. The carousel spins to distribute the kibble each time, so clever kitties can’t reach their paws up the chute to get more.
- Bowl is top-rack dishwasher safe
- Large-breed dogs can overturn it
- Inconsistent battery life
9. Amazon Basics Self-Dispensing
You won’t have to worry about batteries or electronics with the low-tech Amazon Basics Self-Dispensing. This model is can’t be used for over-eaters, as gravity will continue to offer more food as the bowl empties, but works great with water to keep animals hydrated.
- Available in two sizes
- Non-skid rubber feet
- Ideal for free feeders
8. Docaup-Pet JW26
The Docaup-Pet JW26 is a great choice for cats who may not finish every meal, and its infrared sensor stops it automatically when the food reaches a set level. Some find the programming process difficult, but it does remember your program if the power goes out.
- Low energy consumption
- Built-in voice recorder
- Portions are measured in grams
7. Eheim Everyday Fish Feeder
If you have a friend feeding your critters while you’re out of town, it can be easy for him or her to forget the quiet aquarium in the corner. The Eheim Everyday Fish Feeder can ensure your aquatic animals are good for up to six weeks, depending on how many you have.
- Works with most types of food
- Manual release button
- Great for amphibians or reptiles too
6. Pet Safe Simply Feed
The Pet Safe Simply Feed allows you to program up to 12 meals per day in 1/8-cup increments. It features a helpful slow-feed mode that can deliver your furry friend’s dinner over a 15-minute period to prevent wolfing and the resultant upset stomachs.
- 24-cup capacity hopper
- Can dispense dry and semi-moist food
- Programming process not intuitive
5. Furbo Dog Camera
You won’t have to wait until your workday is done to give a little love to your pup with the Furbo Dog Camera. It won’t provide full meals, but can dispense treats on command. It provides two-way audio, so your animals will know who sent the goodies.
- Sends barking alerts to your phone
- Infrared night vision
- Monthly fee for some functions
4. Cat Mate C300
If your pampered feline turns its nose up at dry kibble, but you can’t be home all day to open a can on demand, the Cat Mate C300 has three compartments that each hold 11-1/2 ounces of wet food. There are even two custom ice packs to keep the meals fresh.
- Adequate for a small dog as well
- Lid and bowl safe for the dishwasher
- Some cats dislike the deep bowl
3. Portion Pro RX
If you have a pet on a special diet, or a mix of dogs and cats, the Portion Pro RX only opens for the animal wearing a matching RFID tag. You can stop your dog from stealing the cat’s dinner with this excellent, but pricey, solution, and one unit per pet is recommended.
- Helpful for weight loss
- Can assign multiple tags to one bowl
- Also keeps curious toddlers out
2. Wopet Automatic
With its built-in voice recorder and speaker, the Wopet Automatic allows you to create a ten-second message that will signal to your pet that it’s time to eat. You can choose from 39 portion sizes and select one to four feeding times per day.
- Infrared detection prevents overflow
- Food tray is dishwasher safe
- Can be plugged in or use batteries
1. Pet Safe Smart Feed
The Pet Safe Smart Feed can be programmed for 12 portions via an app on your smartphone, and a handy “Feed Now” button on top lets you quickly offer them food outside the regular mealtimes. For particularly clever pets, there’s an option to lock this function.
- App notifies you when food is low
- Can also be paired with alexa
- Slow-feed mode for over-eager eaters
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