Earlier in 2018, we released our automatic pet feeder buyer’s guide and we’re always adding new ones to it! Some of the pet feeders that we researched had a certain feature that we wanted to investigate further: a bowl with pre-measured weighted food. I know – it sounds like it’s more for convenience and that’s great! But when pets get sick, owners usually notice only when their pet stops eating altogether. Frequently, pets stop eating much sooner than that. Picking up on your pet’s lack of appetite before it goes away altogether can potentially save your pet’s life!
In this article, we are going to break down how a smart food bowl and smart water bowl can help your overall pet experience!
How much should my pet eat per day?
Well, that depends quite a bit. Sure, there are certain rules for how much each pet should eat by weight. But those numbers can be affected by breed and other factors like age and previous health history. Generally, for each 10 pounds your dog weighs he or she should be eating 1 cup of food per meal. For cats, an active cat requires around 300 calories per-pound per-day. Meals of course depend on wet food and cat food. But don’t just go by the back of the food bag or what the weight chart says. According to WebMD, many perfectly healthy cats and dogs only consume around 60% of their stated food goal.
Smart pet feeders allow you keep a record of how often your pet eats. Some even have apps to help you keep track! But how do you know which pet is eating less if you have more than one? Many pet feeders have a camera that can show you who is eating when. Sure, it’s not as scientific as keeping your pets separated. In fact, that might actually be worse because many pets don’t eat when they have separation anxiety from their other furry friends.
Does my pet need filtered water?
We haven’t reviewed them quite yet, but there are indeed some smart water bowls for pets that have a filtering option. Are they effective? Well, that really depends on the quality of your local water. What many fail to consider, though, is the debris that can fall into your pets water and pollute it. For example, my two cats have their food in the same room as the litter box. Before I purchased a filtered water bowl for my cats, I noticed lots of little pieces of cat litter, hair, and old food. I doubt that it would be cause for major concern, however, whenever I noticed it I made sure to clean it out.
Also, many of these smart pet bowls have fancy extra features like a waterfall fountain stream to encourage hydration. I know that one of my two cats really likes to drink water as it drips. Cats especially have different attractions to water compared to dogs.
Are smart pet bowls worth it?
The truth is, pets are very fragile. They eat nearly the same food every day, they live in mostly the same environment, and their health is mostly dependent on genetics. They have only a few variables in their lifestyle so it’s important to keep their food and water as healthy and clean as possible. Smart pet bowls not only allow us to keep pets healthy with clean water, but also allow us to pre-measure their food to know what they didn’t eat in hopes of ruling out sickness.