The 17 Best Automatic Cat Feeders 2020 [Set It & Forget It!]

a woman feeding her cat wishing she had one of the best automatic cat feeders

If you're looking for a way to feed your cat automatically then you've come to the right place.  An auto feeder can help ensure your cat doesn't go hungry for any reason: work, waking you up early, keeping you up late, etc.

So pop open the quick guide below and find the best automatic cat feeders of 2018. You'll find ones dedicated to helping your cat eat more slowly and ones dedicated to feeding your kitty if you're simply away at work.

The Best Automatic Cat Feeders

#1 WOpet 7L Automatic Cat Feeder

an cat feeder that is a tall and white rectangle

WOpet brings one of the best auto feeders available to the market. Not only does it come with tons of amazing features that every cat owner will love, but it also comes with a boatload of rave reviews from owners (beyond myself).

If you purchase this automatic feeder you will not regret it one bit. If anything you'll relish in the additional sleep you get or the confidence you have that your feline friend has a full tummy while you're away! 

Key features worth noting on this model are:

  • You can schedule up to 4 automated feedings per day using the built-in programmable time
  • Program each meal time with a few button clicks on an easy to use LCD screen
  • Features a built in microphone and speaker so you can record a custom message for fluffy
  • Control food portions from 2 teaspoons to 4.5 cups per feeding
  • The tray is removable and dishwasher safe for easy disinfecting
  • Runs primarily on a wall powered plug, but can operate on three D batteries too
"I really can't recommend this highly enough. It gives me peace of mind when I get stuck at work late!"
"I got him this because I can't always be home at mealtimes due to work. This feeder allows me to give him a specific amount of food at set times of day."

A few things you may want to consider before purchasing:

  • This model is only good for dry food, you can't use it for wet food.

#2 SureFeed Microchip Cat Feeder

the surefeed automatic pet feeder

This is by far one of my favorite products I've ever purchased for my cats. The primary reason I needed it was because one of my cats steals my other cat's food. The SureFeed Mircochip feeder allows my little Beast to graze all day while keeping Lexi's roving jaws away from her food.

The claim to fame on this feeder, and it does work without fail, is that you can link your cat's Microchip to the feeder and it'll open up only for that cat. Pretty darn cool and helps minimize food thieving! A few other things worth noting:

  • Works great for both wet or dry food, the seal keeps wet food fresh for a few hours
  • Extremely easy to setup and link your cat's microchip to the feeder, stores up to 30 chips
  • If your cat doesn't have a chip it comes with a chip that can be attached to your cat's collar
  • The lid has various settings to open/close so you can quickly train your cat to use it
  • Runs on 4 C batteries and the battery life has been well over 6 months in my experience
  • Super easy to load and to clean, comes with two dishwasher safe bowls
"The SureFeed feeder has eliminated our cat's food anxiety and restored our sanity! And it helps stop my other cat from stealing his food so they can both stop gaining weight."

This model is designed primarily to limit access to food, so definitely consider the following:

  • There is no portion control or timed release schedule on this model

#3 Westlink 6L Automatic Feeder

a white, tall rectangular feeder for cats with brown trim and a button panel on the front

If you're looking to keep your cat healthy and happy then you want to make sure he or she gets the right amount of food at the right time. This can be difficult to do if you're busy at work all day or if your cat likes meals at inopportune times.

Getting the Westlink Auto Feeder is a great way to keep your cat happy which will help keep you happy! Key features worth noting on this model are:

  • Program it to dispense up to 4 meals a day on the easy to use screen
  • ​Each meal dispense from 1-39 Portions, Each Portion is around 10-12g
  • Built in infrared detection which can prevent food waste by detecting food in the bowl
  • Runs on a USB cord or on 3 D batteries in case you want it where there's no plug
  • You can record a full 10 second message to play each time food is dispensed
"I've had about 5 different auto feeders in the past 10 years and this one is by far the easiest to set up, tune, clean, fill, power, and travel with.

A few things you may want to consider before purchasing:

  • This model is made only to dispense dry cat food
  • Maximum food size is .39" x .39" otherwise it will jam (this is huge for cats anyway)

#4 Petutor 6L Cat Food Dispenser

a blue and white automatic cat food dispenser

This model is going to have a lot of similarities to the Westlink model that is listed above. The key distinction between the two of them is really in the color combination available. Beyond that there's not a ton of difference.

If you're looking for a way to keep your cat's tummy full so they get the right level of nutrition then this is a great option! Key things you'll want to consider on this model:

  • It has a total capacity of 6 liters of food which is plenty for a long time between refills
  • It can dispense between 1 and 39 portions each time and a portion is about 10-12 grams of food
  • You can set 4 different meals at different times of the day and each can be turned on or off
  • You can record your voice to play each time food is dispensed for your kitty
  • An infrared sensor is built in to help minimize food getting stuck in the dispenser chute
  • It runs on a USB cord or on 3D batteries in case of a power outage

A few things you may want to consider:

  • You cannot load wet food into this dispenser

#5 Petnet 2nd Gen Smart Feeder

a black futuristic looking auto feeding machine for a cat

If you're looking for a feeder that will help you make decisions then this is the model for you. Petnet's app is definitely a cut above the rest. It'll give you recommendations on portions for your cat based on a quick survey.

It'll also let you know when it is running low on food and needs a refill. Are we getting close to sentient cat feeders? It appears so! It is even smart enough to recharge itself and run for 2 full days without power! A few other items worth noting:

  • Compatible phone app for iOS and Android to make programming and feeding easy
  • The Petnet App will recommend personalized meal portions based on pet breed/age/weight/activity (you should verify with your vet)
  • Petnet will notify you when your pet has been fed and when it needs a refill
  • The bowl is 100% dishwasher safe to help keep your kitty happy and healthy
  • Plugs into the wall and has a built-in rechargeable backup battery with 2 days of battery life
  • Purchase includes free trial of Petnet Smart Delivery: Food delivered to your door just in time to keep it fresh for your cat

A few things you may want to consider:

  • It isn't recommended for multiple pets, it is designed for a single cat
  • Requires a 2.4 GHz modem (b/g/n band) in order to operate (note most home modems are fine)

#6 Arf Pets Dry Food Dispenser

a white automatic feeder for cats with a locking lid

If you're looking to keep reaching paws out of your automatic cat food dispenser then this is a great option for you. Not only will they not be able to reach up from the bottom, but the top has a magnetic locking lid too!

If you've got one of those crafty kitties that has found their way into other feeders then this might be the right fit for you! A couple of other things that you should know about this model:

  • You can set 4 meals a day and each meal can have 1-10 portions (a portion is 24 ml)
  • It has a capacity of about 4.3 liters
  • It has a magnetic locking lid to keep searching paws out of the food reservoir
  • The LCD lights up blue and features a clock & display with super easy settings
  • It runs on 3 D Batteries or a regular power cable to an outlet
  • You can use the built in mic and speaker to record 10 second meal calls
"Every aspect of this feeder has proven to be above and beyond my expectations!"

​One thing you may want to consider before making a purchase:

  • Large sized kibble doesn't seem to work well with this model and may jam it

#7 Iseebiz Automatic Cat Feeder

a modern looking cat food dispenser

Looking for something a bit more modern? Tired of very functional square and rectangular shaped feeders? Then check out this awesome feeder from Iseebiz!

It has a ton of the great features other models have, but it certainly looks a heck of a lot cooler! Let's dig into the key items worth noting:

  • Features 4 meal settings per day with 1-39 portions per meal, a portion is 10-12 grams
  • The total capacity is about 3 liters so you've got lots of space for a long period of time
  • There's an infrared detector built in to minimize jamming in the food chute
  • It is made of completely BPA free plastic
  • Meal calls can be recorded and played at the time of feeding
  • Uses a standard USB power supply or 3 D batteries in case of a power outage
"My cat can't break into this thing, it is like the Fort Knox of cat food!!!!"

​You'll want to consider the following before you push that buy button:

  • It can be difficult to open the top of this model to refill the food unless you have large hands

#8 HoneyGuardian 6 Meal Cat Feeder

an auto feeder for cats that looks like an astronaut helmet

If you're looking for one of the most versatile feeders on the market then Honey Guardian absolutely has you covered. You can choose from a huge variety of portion sizes on this model and you get a total of 6 meals a day instead of the traditional 4 meals a day most feeders provide.

A couple of key things any buyer would want to know and a full video review are below:

  • It allows for 6 meals to be programmed each day, more than the normal 4 you get
  • The storage container holds a total of about 2.8 liters of food
  • You can record meal time calls for your kitty and it has infrared anti jamming technology
  • It will run on both USB power as well as 3 D batteries in case the power goes out
"With this feeder, it's impossible for Winston to finagle more food like he used to. He sticks his little paws up there, body slams it, and meows, but not so much as a single kibble pops out. Then he leaves disappointed. The machine is boss."

#9 Petsafe Slow Mode Feeder

a large capacity black automatic cat food dispenser

If you need the ability to drop numerous meals or slow meals then you've come to the right place. Maybe you have numerous cats or you you've got a cat that is prone to getting sick if they eat too fast. 

Whatever reason you might have, this model gives you the ability to do 12 programmed meals a day. A few other major items wroth noting:

  • The biggest selling point is the capacity to program in 12 meals a day
  • Each meal can be from 1/8th of a cup up to 4 cups and it has a 24 cup capacity
  • Slow Feed mode dispenses food over 15 minutes to prevent bloat and vomiting
  • Uses an innovative conveyor that dispenses most dry and semi-moist foods
  • It can run on either battery power (4 Ds) or on a conventional power plug

​One thing you'll want to keep in mind before purchase is:

  • The power adapter is not included and is kind of ridiculous price wise

#10 Pet Safe Smart WiFi Feeder

If you're tech savvy and you're looking for a kick butt smart feeder for your cats then this is a great option to consider! Fully accessible on either iOS or on Android by mobile app and you can program it right from your phone!

It also has a lot of the options available from the Pet Safe premier slow feeder in this article. Key features worth noting on this model are:

  • Fully compatible iOS and Android app to make programming and feeding easy
  • You've got the ability to program up 12 meals a day and use the 'feed now' option for one offs
  • Meals can range from 1/8th of a cup all the way up to 4 full cups if you have multiple cats
  • There's a total capacity of 24 cups of food in the reservoir
  • Slow Feed uses a unique conveyor belt to drop food over 15 preventing bloating and vomiting
  • It can run on either 4 D batteries (not included) or on a conventional power plug (included)
  • Locking lid and a stainless steel bowl for additional safety for your cat
  • There is a food chute splitter available from a 3rd party to dump the food in multiple bowls

​One key item worth noting before you make your purchase:

  • Requires a 2.4 GHz modem (b/g/n band) in order to operate (note most home modems are fine)

#11 PetSafe 6 Meal Carousel Feeder