Our pet has been doing pretty well over the last few years. Covid has meant that we can spend more time with our furry pals thanks to lockdowns, working from home and limited travel. I spend less time at home with my beloved cats and dogs.
I have had to travel abroad three times in the past two months. That meant I had to find a way to take care of Mitten, my little tuxedo cat. Thankfully, there are some “pet tech” options that can help. Before my last trip, I purchased Tech4Pets Smart Pet Feeder (4L) for extra peace of mind. I had someone come and check on my cat regularly, but I wanted to be 100% sure that there was always food in the bowl in case something went wrong. I love the Tech4Pets Smart Pet Feeder because it gave me everything I needed without doing anything else and for just $179. You can spend more money on feeders with bells and whistles, such as built-in cameras and two-way mics, but I already had security cameras in my apartment.
Tech4Pets’ automatic feeders connect to your home’s Wi-Fi and are controlled by an app. Setup was quick and easy, but be aware that it uses a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connection instead of a 5GHz. Thankfully, nearly all home Wi-Fi networks have 2.4GHz options.
From the app you can schedule regular feedings or manually add biscuits to the included food tray. And with a 4 liter capacity, you can put a fair amount of food in the hopper and it will last for weeks. Food should not be larger than 10 mm. Note that it may not fit in your system otherwise. There are larger units for that, the 7-liter Tech4Pets Smart Pet Feeder for $299, which also comes with a built-in HD camera.
During the trip, we were able to see the feeders with security cameras and monitor the comings and goings of the cats. Once her bowl was empty, she could add food in small increments or fill it completely.
There’s also a cute little feature that lets you record your voice and it will play each time a new portion of food is dispensed. The camera showed me enjoying the treats. There’s also a feeding log so you can keep track of how much your pet ate in case he’s on a diet!
Overall, we were also pleased with the build quality and design of the Tech4Pets Smart Feeder. The neutral white case fits my interior nicely, and the sealed top keeps my feet out of prying eyes. If you have a small dog, the Tech4Pets Small Pet Feeder should work well too, but if you have a large dog, go bigger and choose the 7 liter model.
Now that I’m back from my trip, I’m using the smart feeder to feed my cat’s bowl during the day or if I work late. It really helps take the stress out of being away from home.
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