With Christmas and the New Year fast approaching you may be planning to leave your pet home alone for a little while. Automatic pet feeders can be really useful if used in the right way although they should NEVER be used as an excuse to leave your pet unchecked for many days at a time.
Cats with access to a litter tray or cat flap may be OK to leave for a night or two on their own and the feeder will make sure they are fed at routine times during the day. If you’re going to be away for longer then ask a friend or relative to pop in to make sure your pet is safe and well.
Automatic Feeders come in all shapes and sizes. Many have special features such as the LCD Automatic Feeder TX4 which allows you to record a voice message calling your pet to its dinner! The TX4 has four 500 ml compartments suitable for dry or wet food as well as a top compartment suitable for filling with water. The top can also be filled with ice which helps to keep wet food fresh.
As well as for times when you are not around, Automatic Feeders can also be useful for pets on a schedule of small but regular feeds for medical reasons or due to pregnancy. Setting the feeder to do the work for you will help keep the timings accurate and also means you won’t have to wake up to prepare a feed in the middle of the night.
If you are leaving your pet alone, don’t forget to leave out several bowls of fresh water as well, just in case one gets tipped over. You could also set up a Water Fountain which will make sure your pet has fresh, oxygenated water at all times.
Dogs should not be left on their own for more than a few hours – most will need daily exercise and all dogs will need to be let outside to toilet several times a day.
Automatic Feeders can still come in useful for the dog owner however. One great advantage is for busy households where the dog’s breakfast may at times get forgotten during the hectic morning rush. Simply set the automatic timer and keep your pooch happy by guaranteeing he gets his meal at a regular, predictable time! After all, pets love routine. Do try to feed at least one of your dog’s daily meals yourself however as the act of providing food is an important part of establishing yourself as his ‘pack leader’.