If you’ve read my article on the best pet feeders around, you know that I absolutely adore my dog, Max, and like many pet owners, I would do anything to keep him happy. Little does he know that he’s getting a brother in the next couple of months, a new puppy to add to our household.
Planning for a new puppy is no small feat, with plenty of toys and pet products to buy as we prepare to double our household. When I agreed to adopt a new puppy, I ran back to my article on the best pet feeders because I knew I needed to rely on a smart feeder to keep both of my dogs straight.
Even if you have one pet, you’ll probably be aware of the benefits of a pet feeder, though I know I needed to spell it out for some of us who might not yet be convinced (or might be on the fence). That’s why I’ve put together this guide, the 5 reasons why you need a pet feeder. Read on to learn more.
Installation and ease of use
A pet feeder is so easy to install and use. Just connect to your smart phone, place in an area that makes sense for your pet, and voila. Done.
A pet feeder can range between $100 to over $300, depending on the product. They vary in terms of features and benefits.
Here are 5 reasons you need a smart feeder…
1. It will help keep your pet entertained (and a tired dog is a good dog)
Every dog owner knows that a tired dog is a good dog. A dog who doesn’t expel energy throughout the day, in the form of a walk or obedience lesson, is one that will truly wreck havoc on your home or apartment. So, a smart pet feeder will aid in entertaining your dog while waiting for their food to dispense.
Some smart pet feeders include real time interaction, such as a microphone and video camera, like the Hoison SmartFeeder. This particular product allows you to interact with your pets while you are away, whether at work or running errands. You can dispense food, while saying “hello!” to your dog, which aids in real-time interaction. Instead of leaving your dog for a few hours while you pick-up groceries or head to a meeting, you can interact with your little one, making them more engaged (and more tired), which makes a massive difference in the long-run.
2. If you’re working late in the office, your pet will still be fed.
OMG, how sad does that little guy look, right?
It’s probably because his owner is running a little late from the office and he’s waiting for his regularly scheduled 6:30PM meal as his Alpha gets through the door.
Luckily, thanks to smart pet feeders, he won’t need to fret about this again.
Smart pet feeders allow you to still feed your puppy while you’re away (though we don’t recommend leaving your dog for hours at a time, because #separationanxiety). Though, if the time truly calls for it, you can feed your dog while you’re running late in the office or stuck in traffic. This means that your little one won’t go hungry (and potentially nibble on your furniture in disgust).
3. You can watch your new puppy if you need to escape for a quick minute..
I won’t be getting my puppy for another month or so, yet I’m still worried about those first few times when I need to leave him and my 6-year-old dog, Max, alone for the first time. Like any pet mother, I’m concerned about how they’ll get along, and how they will interact with one another for the first bit.
I’m also wondering how they will engage with one another when it’s time to eat, as they’ll have their own bowls for food and water.
I really love the GemWant feeder. It allows you to feed your pet any time and any place through your smartphone, while enabling you to watch your pet any moment you want. It has a great camera that can record any movement of your pet (so I’ll be using it on my little guys). This means I can monitor how they interact during feeding time, if I need to escape for a quick moment out of my apartment.
4. It’s easier to monitor your dog’s food intake.
I’ll admit, sometimes I have no idea how much my dog eats. He can have a cup of dry food in the morning, a few scrapes from my plate as I’m cooking dinner, and another cup at 5PM.
Or, he can eat just a few bites and that’s it. He’s no longer hungry.
Yet, when it comes time to see his vet, I can be clueless as to how much he has consumed that day (which always makes me look like a terrible pet parent).
When I started to use smart feeders, it really changed my life. I was now able to tell my vet everything Max ate, every single day. Products like the PetNet tracked his portion intake and exactly when he ate it. This particular product tells users how many grams it dispenses per portion, so you can do a quick calculation to determine how much you need to dispense at feeding time. No more ‘estimating’ cups and cup sizes.
5. You can dispense little surprises throughout the day.
Imagine dispensing treats to this little face? Yeah, I would do that too.
When you’re in your office or at a meeting, you can use smart pet feeders to dispense treats to your little one. Little “eggs” they can find throughout the day.
As I’m away throughout the day, I leave little treats for Max every hour or so. It keeps him entertained, while rewarding him for good behavior (as I’m monitoring while away). You can do the same with products such as the Petzi Treat Cam, which allows you to connect with your pet through video camera while you are away, while snapping photos of your pet at the same time. It’s really great for pets who aren’t comfortable being alone, because you can see and speak with them (being engaged) while doing your own errands. Plus, you can dispense treats and watch your pet gobble them up through a 720p camera.
A smart pet feeder has truly changed my life, and I can’t wait to use the pet feeders I have with my new puppy arriving soon. They are so wonderful to interact and engage with your dog throughout the day, while being a truly practical device, in the form of dispensing food and treats to your fur baby while you’re away. I’m never apart from my little Max for very long, though I appreciate keeping a close eye on him, and giving him meals should I be away during these times of the day. I know you’ll love what these smart pet feeders provide.