I’m taking off this weekend to go on a quick overnight trip to Sebastopol. It’ll be the first time that I’m leaving Diego (aka. The Woogs) alone in
Mike’s our house. It’s too short of a trip to consider a cat-sitter, so instead I’m breaking out my robot pet-sitters.
Here are the products I use to keep my cat alive while I’m away…
Automatic cat feeders
This was my very first robot pet-sitter. I can stretch this from a two day feeder to a four day feeder, just by filling up both sections with both of Diego’s food rations for the day. (He gets fed twice a day because he has no portion control.)
I graduated to this baby once I started spending the night at my boyfriends’ house a lot. I’d come back during the day, but at least he got his breakfasts and dinners on time every night, no matter if I was out or not.
The only annoying part is that it’s more of a 5 day feeder, since the first feed trough is always open, so if it’s not time to feed your pet, you have to keep it empty and wait until it cycles through to the next section. AND it doesn’t automatically re-start after every cycle. So you have to manually program it again and again.
I graduated to this larger automatic pet feeder when I went on our trip to Bogota. I arranged for several cat sitters to come in and spend time with The Woogs, but I didn’t want to burden anyone with having to feed him twice a day every day. So I purchased an (almost) endless feeder. And it seemed to be working fine, until The Woogs figured out how to reach his paw in and force more kibble bits to shoot out. I love that it’s called “portion controlled” automatic pet feeder, because really, Diego controlled his portions and ended up gaining a lot of weight while I was gone. 😉
I’m now looking towards the PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed 12-Meal Automatic Feeder as my next robot cat sitter purchase. This looks like it won’t allow The Woogs to gorge his way through my absence, and it’s very highly-rated on Amazon.
Automatic water dispensers
This is my cat’s full-time water dispenser. It’s also convenient when I leave town. He loves it.
If your cat needs running water (which The Woogs did for a while, and then got over it) the PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain is an awesome cat water fountain AND it stores extra water for when you need to set it and forget it.
Robot litter box
Remember when I took a gamble on the most expensive automatic litter box ever? That gamble paid off. All the Amazon reviews were spot on — it was worth every penny. This baby is huge, and it looks like the boring uncle of BB-8…
But man-oh-man does the Little Bot do the perfect job or cycling shit and hiding the smell. I love you, Litter Bot.