A cat food dispenser will automate your cat?s feedings.

cat food dispenser Is a cat food dispenser right for you and your cat?

Do you find yourself going away for a weekend or away for work and worrying about feeding your cat? Then a dispenser could be a solution to your problem!

With free feeding becoming more and more common because of today?s busy families, a pet food dispenser is the ideal solution to allow your cat to feed on demand.

How does a cat food dispenser work?

Most cat food dispensers work with gravity. They hold a given amount of dry cat food and as the cat eats it refills itself. A simple concept, but much easier then calling your best friend to come over on Saturday afternoon to give kitty two scoops and fresh water!

The major difference from model to model is the amount of food the dispenser can hold. Some are designed for everyday use, while others are specifically designed for less maintenance over time.

A unit like: Fresh Flow Gravity Feeder by Petmate
Fresh Flow Gravity Feeder by Petmate
Gravity flow feeder ensures your cat will always have a supply of fresh dry food available.

Now while this may work fine for your cat especially if it?s older (older cats tend to naturally eat several smaller meals each day rather then two large feedings) if your cat is younger it may be better to have an electronically controlled automatic feeder.

These units regulate the amount of dry cat food available to your pet over the day therefore not allowing your cat to gorge herself all day long while you?re away!

A feeder like: Fresh Flow Electronic Feeder by Petmate
Fresh Flow Electronic Feeder by Petmate
This electronic feeder regulates the flow of dry food to ensure there's always some available. Requires four "AA" batteries or AD adapter (not included).

Will regulate a steady stream of food throughout the day.

With 2 lbs of dry food your cat should be good to go for quite sometime. Now if we?re considering leaving our cat with this much food for a couple of days it would be ideal if we ensure she has enough fresh water was well. A great item to consider along with any automatic feeder is Fountain water bowl.

These items circulate water through the bowl to ensure it stays fresh for longer. Generally a filter device will clean out any impurities in the water, and then cycle through enough to the bowl to ensure there is always enough. Cat?s have the option of drinking from their standard water style bowl, or from the steady stream that flows through from the filter.

Fresh Flow Fountain by Petmate
Fresh Flow Fountain by Petmate
This quietly running fountain offers pets a supply of cool, filtered water whenever they want it. Translucent reservoir holds 50 ounces and lets you easily monitor the water level.

So we?ve looked at a winning combination for a cat food dispenser and water fountain, now we?ll briefly touch on what options are there for automatic wet food feedings.

An alternative to cat food dispensers is an automatic feeder. An automatic cat feeder works on a battery and normally offers an ice pack for keeping wet food fresh for up to 48 hours. Simply put these units will allow you to store two or more separate meals of wet food, and then set a timer for when you want the top to open and make the meals available. While this doesn?t offer the same versatility as a Dispenser and free feeding it does allow for your cat to get both wet and dry food.

A great example is the PetSafe auto feeder:

PetSafe 2-Meal Auto Feeder By Radio Systems
PetSafe 2-Meal Auto Feeder By Radio Systems
The easy way to automatically feed your pet two fresh meals within 48 hours.

No matter what you choose to serve up your pets meals it?s important to keep in mind that you shouldn?t over feed your cat. The products mentioned in this article offer great options for feedings it?s always good to mix up the routine every once and awhile.