Self-made automatic cat food trough
Every experienced owner of a cat or a cat knows that these night hunters eat up to 10 times a day, in small portions. A significant part of their food in nature cat catches and consumes at night or in the early morning.
Advantage of automatic feeder
The owners of lazy gourmets know that their cat is able to swallow a whole bowl of favorite delicacy without even batting. When you leave for work, you fill it to the brim, and in the evening you are greeted by an obnoxious animal. If you are a desperate lover of cats, you, of course, are familiar with morning wake-ups with the urgent requirement of breakfast. To leave home even for a couple of days, without taking a pet with him, it's simply impossible. But all these problems will disappear, as soon as you have an automatic feeder for the cat. Whether it is bought in the store or made by own hands, depends on the availability of free time and the size of the purse.
Creating a natural environment for your pet will improve the quality of his life in a city apartment. To release on the carpet of mice in order that a cat could hunt, not everyone will be decided. Automatic feeder perfectly simulates the production of feed in nature. To make it simple. Auxiliaries are always found on the balcony, mezzanine or in the garage. Some details have to be purchased in a construction hypermarket. Automatic feeder serial production is not cheap. Not every device is like a cat. At the same time, Do-It-Yourself stores are located in every district. Therefore, a self-made automatic feeder for cats is sometimes more accessible.
Basic principles of work
Some rules for the construction of the feeder will help you do the work qualitatively and do not harm the pet:
- Hygienic requirements - the material for the feeder should be harmless and resistant to chemical attack. To guard you should a pungent smell. The cat feels it 14 times stronger than a person. There is from such a trough your animal will simply not be.
- Strength - a hungry animal can chew a feeder made of thin plastic or plywood.
- Accessibility - feed should not act on its own. A cat or a cat should receive food on demand, after some effort. Almost all automatic drinking bowls and feeders for cats are based on this principle. An exception is the device for caring for a sick animal.
Homemade feeder for sloths
The first type of feeder is the easiest, analogue can be bought in stores. The meaning of it is to find food for animals. Small portions of food are placed in glasses of different depth, fixed on one basis, and better - on the floor. The animal will look for a delicacy in glasses until it finds. Deep containers with a small amount of food on the bottom should cause the sloth to procure food for themselves.
Create such a device is easy. In fact, this is not quite an automatic feeder for a cat. Instead of electronics, it uses the natural inclination of the animal to hunt. Nevertheless, the benefits of such a device are obvious. Ideally, you will need several cylindrical glasses of different heights with even edges. Culinary forms, children's toys or a clerical organizer will do. In a random order, fix them with a universal glue on a circular cutting board. From the underside of the board you can glue rubber circles for stability. After the glue dries, wash and ventilate the product in the fresh air. Pour a little food into each glass. When it is over, the animal will look for food in deeper containers.
Automatic cat feeder with a clockwork
The second device will cause your pet to wait a little. You'll have to work hard, but you will get a real automatic feeder. You will need:
- For the basis - tin can from under the Danish cookies.
- The processing of the inner part of the feeder will require clay for modeling.
- Automation is provided by the clock mechanism and the battery, two-sided tape is required for fixing.
- In addition, you will need glue, two thin bolts and nuts to them (in extreme cases they will be replaced by two nails), electrical tape and plywood for the lid.
The principle of the feeder is simple. It is a container, divided into segments, which open depending on the rotation of the cover. Thus, the animal gets access to a small part of the feed at a certain time interval. Despite the complexity of the task, it is quite possible to assemble the device. Almost nothing will cost an automatic feeder for cats. The owners' comments often speak in favor of a self-made ready-made version.
Disassemble unnecessary clocks. Remove the dimensions from the clock in advance. Save the hour hand. Tin cans should be coated with clay, vylepiv inside the septum. Make four divided segments and a round notch in the middle. Clay grab one for which firing is not required. When it is slightly dry, insert the clockwise mechanism into the circular recess with the dial facing upwards and until the walls have finally hardened, fix it. Suitable braces, toothpicks, matches. You can use double-sided adhesive tape. Pieces of it lay on the bottom of the container. The main thing is that you can subsequently remove the mechanism and replace the battery.
The hour hand must be strengthened. If it is made of thin metal, fold it twice and wrap it with electrical tape. If you only have a plastic watch, do not make the cover too heavy. It is possible to additionally strengthen the arrow with a piece of plywood, having primed it with an adhesive tape. Calculate the pressure of the arrow on the lid is not easy, it is necessary to test the operability of the structure by practical means.
The final stage
Make the lid. Cut out a circle of plywood, cut a segment in it, drill two holes in the center under the metal bolts, an hour hand will be attached to them. Insert the bolts into the holes and secure them with the nuts. Instead, you can drive two small nails, then cut the sharp ends with wire cutters. Set the hour hand on the clock mechanism.
Cover the top of the paint, cover the metal bolts with a decorative lid, placing it on the glue. It can be cut from the remains of plywood and decorated with an image. Pour the food into the food bowl. Then simply insert the hour hand between the two bolts. Now the automatic feeder for the cat is ready. Stopping the mechanism is not provided. At a time when the feeder is not used, it can be simply disassembled.
Is there an alternative?
The principle of step-by-step opening of several segments can be used in a different way. Think of your version of the mechanism that provides the movement of the lid. The same principle is also used for the purchased device. What you failed to do, you can easily buy. Do not seek to buy the most expensive and high-tech feeder. When choosing a product, first review the reviews. "Oh, a car feeder for cats with Internet access, heating and organizer!" - you will say, after seeing a fashion novelty. However, this device may not like the animal, and it is much more expensive.
There are also complex feeding troughs, which are independently made by the owners of cats. With the help of purchased parts and custom-made forms, you can make a real robot that will take care of the cat instead of you. Describe in detail all the options are not easy. If your pet is experienced in feeding methods or requires special food and special graphics, you may need a programmable device.
Reviews of feeders
A few reviews of the owners will help you find your bearings. Some buyers note that the batteries in the feeder are too often planted. It is inconvenient when a cat or a cat remains alone in an apartment for a long time. Most devices are designed for round-shaped food. Treats and food with large pieces may not be suitable. Some owners of feeders note their periodic seizure. Most hosts are pretty much so that the animal does not overeat and feed regularly in their absence. It is quite easy to configure the feeder, but it is not always possible to record a voice signal. Some models with the sound recording function do not transmit it very clearly, and the animal does not respond to the signal. Whether it is worth spending additional funds on these innovations, you decide.