Best* Automatic Cat Feeders

Always make sure your felines get fed on time, whether you’re out of the house, sleeping in or otherwise engaged. An automatic cat feeder from Petco always has your back.

 
 

Pet parent faves

These are the most popular automatic cat food feeders that are frequently bought by Petco’s pet parent customers.

Petmate Programmable Pet Feeder


Petmate

Programmable Pet Feeder

One of our best auto cat feeders is this selection from Petmate, which allows you to easily control your cat’s meal portions. The large, sealed container holds up to 18 cups of dry food, allowing you to take care of your pet’s feeding for many days at a time. This solution is especially ideal for pet parents who want to manage their cat’s weight.

Features:
  • Easily program the exact portions you want to feed your feline
  • Twist-lock lid keeps dry food fresh
  • Locking bowl and stand helps prevent spills
  • Large LCD screen makes programming easy

PetSafe O5-Meal Pet Feeder


PetSafe

5-Meal Pet Feeder

This auto cat feeder is easy to program, so you can ensure your cats get their food on a routine schedule. That means fewer furry wake-up calls at sunrise. This PetSafe timed cat feeder includes five feeding slots, so you can portion out multiple meals at a single time. You also have ultimate control over portion sizes, so your pet always has the right amount of food for optimal health.

Features:
  • Program timer to deliver meals at preselected times
  • Dishwasher-safe tray is easy to wash
  • Prepare food for multiple days at one time
  • Tip-proof base lowers the risk of spills

Petmate Programmable Pet Feeder

Petmate

Programmable Pet Feeder

Never forget to feed your kitty again with this programmable automatic cat food feeder that holds up to 10 lbs. of dry food. Just program the feeder, and it will release a specific portion of cat food at the time you choose. Use this Petmate selection to help manage your feline’s weight and to ensure they always get their meal on time.

Features:
  • Twist-lock lid keeps food fresh
  • Large LCD screen makes programming easy
  • Choose the right portions for your cat
  • Prepare multiple days of feeding at once

SureFlap Microchip Pet Feeder

The Best Automatic Cat Feeders for Multiple Cats:

SureFlap

Microchip Pet Feeder

This elegant microchip cat feeder from SureFlap is an excellent choice. Connect the SureFlap to your pet’s ID microchip, and the cat feeder will only open when that feline approaches. This is a great option for multi-pet households to ensure everyone eats their fair share.

Features:
  • Sealed bowl keeps food fresher
  • Designed for both wet and dry food
  • Compatible with all ID microchips and SureFlap RFID collar tags
  • Ideal for multi-pet households

Cat Mate C300 Automatic Pet Feeder with Ice Packs

Cat Mate

C300 Automatic Pet Feeder with Ice Packs

Easy to prep and program, this Cat Mate solution is an excellent automatic cat feeder for wet food and dry food. With three compartments, you can add an initial meal in the open slot and prepare for the next two meals in advance. By programming mealtimes, you can keep your felines on a regular feeding schedule, so they’ll learn not to beg at your bedroom door each morning.

Features:
  • Includes ice packs to help keep food fresh
  • Dishwasher-proof lid and bowl are easy to clean
  • Program two individual mealtimes
  • Large food compartments allow you to control food portion sizes

Cat Mate C500 Automatic Pet Feeder with Ice Packs

Cat Mate

C500 Automatic Pet Feeder with Ice Packs

Program up to four individual mealtimes with this auto cat feeder. With five separate food compartments, you can prep multiple days’ worth of food for your felines. That can let you off the hook for a relaxing weekend or even a short getaway. Twin ice packs make this a great automatic cat feeder for wet food and dry food. When it’s time to clean, just put the food tray and lid into the dishwasher for even more convenience.

Features:
  • Digital timer is easy to program
  • Uses 3 AAA batteries for easy replacement
  • Fully pet-proof enclosure
  • Includes 5 food slots to cover meals for multiple days

SureFlap SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect

SureFlap

SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect

Enjoy the latest and greatest in kitty feeding innovation with this SureFlap microchip cat feeder. The food slot only opens when it connects with a pet’s ID microchip or a special RFID collar tag. This ensures that no pets steal the other pet’s food, making this an ideal option for multi-pet households. That’s not all. This cat feeder includes integrated scales for even better portion control and will send you automated information on your cat’s eating activities. If you want one of the best automatic cat feeders on the market, you’ve found it.

Features:
  • Behavior notifications let you learn your pet's normal feeding behavior
  • Integrated food scales help you portion food within 1 gram of accuracy
  • Ideal for cats with medicated food
  • Use behavior monitoring to notice any changes in your feline's eating habits

PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder

PetSafe

Smart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder

One of the most advanced auto cat feeders on the market, this PetSafe feeder connects to your WiFi, allowing you to schedule and adjust your pet’s meals from your phone or using voice commands with your Amazon Echo. It also works as a cat slow feeder. By choosing the slow feeder setting, the device will dispense small amounts of kibble over 15 minutes to keep your cats from gobbling their food too fast.

Features:
  • Actively monitors your pet's eating habits so you can tell quickly if their eating changes
  • Control food dispensing and portion sizes from your phone or home assistant
  • Receive notifications on your phone when the feeder runs low
  • Lid, holder and stainless-steel bowl are top-rack dishwasher safe

PetSafe Healthy Pet Gravity Feeder

The Best Automatic Cat Feeders Under $50:


PetSafe

Healthy Pet Gravity Feeder

Make sure your kitty has food at all times. This free-flowing feeder from PetSafe is ideal if you prefer to give your felines unlimited food. The food station holds up to 4 lbs. of food and is easy to place out of the way, so your cats have a quiet and comfortable place to eat.

Features:
  • Plastic hopper locks to prevent spills
  • Removable stainless-steel bowl is dishwasher safe
  • Ideal if you can't always be home to feed your felines
  • Space-saving design gives you more placement options

Cat Mate C100 Timed Automatic Pet Feeder

The Best Automatic Cat Feeder for Wet Food:


Cat Mate

C100 Timed Automatic Pet Feeder

Won’t be home to feed your hungry feline during their regular mealtime? The Cat Mate C100 is here to help. This timed cat feeder lets you add up to 400 grams of wet food or an equivalent amount of dry food into a sealed feeding slot, which you can program to open up to 24 hours later. Whether you need to work late, want to sleep in or need to head out on a short trip, you can rest assured your cat won’t go hungry in your absence.

Features:
  • Easy-to-program timer
  • Fly-proof to keep out pests
  • Removable lid and bowl are dishwasher safe
  • Runs on a single AA battery

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Learn More About Automatic Cat Feeders

Every automatic cat feeder is different. It’s important to carefully read the directions of your automatic cat feeder to learn how to correctly program your new product. Take note of what features are programmable. For example, some cat feeders only allow you to program when a food slot opens. Others allow you to program how much food will be released at a given time. More advanced microchip cat feeders allow you to sync the feeder to your cat’s ID microchip or an RFID tag so that it will only open for a unique cat. If you don’t have the directions to your auto cat feeder, you can likely find them online by looking up the feeder’s product number.

That is entirely up to you and is one of the biggest benefits of auto cat feeders. If you already have a set feeding schedule, it may be best to set your auto feeder to maintain your pets’ current schedule. This way, your felines don’t start crying when their food isn’t delivered at the usual time. Another option is to set your cat feeder to release food near dawn and dusk, which is when most cats normally hunt in the wild.

The number of times you feed your cat in a day will depend on several factors, including your cat’s age, weight, your preference and any medical conditions your pet may have. Kittens need to be fed more often than adult cats. For kitties up to six months, it’s best to feed them three times per day. Between six months and one year, switch to feeding your feline twice a day. Once your cat hits adulthood at around one year, you can choose whether to feed your cat once or twice a day. Most adult cats do equally well with a single feeding or two feedings in a day as long as you give them adequate calories during each feeding.

While some pet parents prefer to free-feed their felines, timed feedings are a useful way to help keep cats at a healthy weight. An automatic cat feeder can make mealtime more convenient for pet parents who may not always be home during normal feeding windows.

Cats with certain medical conditions may need to be fed more often or less often than normal. Your cat’s veterinarian can advise you on the right feeding schedule based on your cat’s health. To learn more about mealtime routines for kittens, check out our guide for What to Feed Kittens. And for finding the perfect cat food for your pet, see our Right Cat Food Finder to help narrow down the choices. Shop for cat food from Petco online or at your neighborhood Petco Pet Care Center.

*Based on petco.com sales data.