Your cat needs several small meals a day. For practical reasons or if you’re used to being away on weekends, a kibble dispenser is a good solution. Let’s discover the different models to help you make the right choice.
Different types of cat kibble dispensers
Your choice of kibble dispenser can turn to many models. In order to help you in your purchase, discover the specifics of each one.
The croquette vending machine
A vending machine is particularly interesting for people who are used to taking time off during the day or a weekend. It has the advantage of distributing a certain amount of food at different times. These models are more or less sophisticated and some allow to adjust distributions accurately over several days so that your pet does not miss anything during your absences.
The hand-made kibble Dispenser
The hand-operated kibble dispenser is convenient, easy to use and not very expensive, but it is suitable for cats not prone to being overweight and able to reason in the management of their diet. Indeed, your cat can use as he wishes, because no automatic management is possible.
The 2-in-1 kibble dispenser
This model has the advantage of managing the distribution of croquettes, but also water. Your cat has fresh and renewed water at all times, in addition to its croquettes. This solution is ideal for those who tend to be absent and/or whose cat enjoys having clean water at all times.
The dispenser of compartment Croquettes
This dispenser model allows to satisfy cats who appreciate to vary their food. With three or six closed compartments, you can store all-you-can-eat croquettes and pâtée to vary your little companion’s menus.
The toy kibble dispenser
This dispenser is an interesting solution for an obese or overweight cat, as it forces the animal to do some exercise to feed. Indeed, it is by playing that the cat releases the croquettes one by one, which reassures him better. However, this model is not suitable for distribution in your absence. If you’re going on weekends, your cat may run out of food and turn to other options.
How do I choose the right model?
Ideally, a good distributor should choose to meet your cat’s needs, lifestyle and budget.
An active young cat will be able to settle for a manual model, but an elderly or overweight cat will be better off taking advantage of a vending machine, or even in the form of a toy when you are present.
Be aware, however, that a distributor does not replace you. Don’t leave your cat alone for more than two days, as the device may well break down in your absence. If you leave longer, have your pet kept. It’s about his health and safety.
Options for kibble dispensers
Many models of kibble dispensers are equipped with a variety of options to better satisfy your cat as well as your personal needs.
- Programming: If you opt for an automated model, we advise you to choose a practical and functional one. Not all dispensers are easy to adjust, with some having only one or two buttons offering minimal service. On the other hand, some have a screen and interesting features to properly adjust the device and best meet your cat’s needs.
- Tank Color: Some tank models are transparent, allowing you to monitor the amount of food left at a glance; on the other hand, your pet may want to eat more by constantly seeing the rest of the croquettes. A hungry cat can attack it in order to feed itself. In this case, turn to an opaque model that will hide the croquettes in plain sight of your pet. However, be sure to check the amount of croquettes left more regularly.
- Tank size: Depending on the model, you can store 1 to 5 kg of croquettes in a tank. 1 kg is enough for your cat if you are not long gone and you are thinking about regularly recharging the food level. If this is not the case, it is best to opt for a larger model. It’s up to you to judge your lifestyle.
- The number of meals: The cat enjoys eating small amounts of croquettes several times a day. Choose a model that’s right for your pet. Indeed, some serve 2 or 3 large meals daily, while others offer 10 to 12 small meals during the day.
- Portion size: A dispenser that pays a specific amount of croquettes is an interesting way to better regulate your pet’s diet during the day, whether overweight or not. On the other hand, be aware that an error is possible, as the dispenser is not as accurate as a dosing glass. Thus, the cheapest models are often less accurate and a difference of a few grams of croquettes each day can have consequences on the health of your cat.
- Distributed food: Some kibble dispensers do not distribute all forms of croquettes. Unfortunately, the device can be designed in a certain way that does not facilitate the service of croquettes a little large or triangular shape for example. So be vigilant about the size of the compartments and how to pay. Beyond these constraints, a compartmentalized dispenser is ideal for satisfying a cat that appreciates variety. You can schedule croquette meals and a pie service from time to time (provided it is well preserved), or even medication if treatment is in progress.
- The size, shape and design of the distributor: Choose a distributor that meets your pet’s needs while integrating into its location. A large model can clutter you up, even if it’s not practical or aesthetic. Sure, these are details, but this device will be in sight every day and if it doesn’t suit you, you’ll probably end up not using it anymore.
- An easy-to-maintain dispenser: consider that the dispenser will need to be cleaned regularly, once a day for the bowl part and once a week for the distributor part. Make sure the chosen model is easy to disassemble and clean, otherwise it will be painful.
- Sound device: Some dispensers make a noise that can disturb and frighten your cat. They may feel stress that distracts them from food. So make sure the device you choose is quiet.
- Small bonus, the voice recorder: this option is obviously only available on expensive and high-end models, but it allows you to deliver a small message to your pet and thus encourage him to come and eat.