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Leaving a cat alone isn’t scary because of my team of robots


We’re taking a weekend trip to Sebastopol. And I’m not worried at all about leaving our cat, Diego (aka. The Woogs), alone without a sitter. That’s because I have a team full of robots to take care of him.

Here are the products I use to keep my cat alive while I’m away…

Automatic cat feeders

Weekend trips:

The PetSafe Automatic Pet Feeder

This was my very first robot pet-sitter. I could stretch this from a two day feeder to a four day feeder just by filling up both sections with Diego’s food rations for the day. (He gets fed twice a day because he has no portion control.)

Long trips:

PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder

When we started going on longer trips, I got the PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed 12-Meal Automatic Feeder as a cat feeder. But although it’s very very highly-rated on Amazon, it’s probably because people use it non-stop. But since I was breaking it out only now and then, I found the programming process to be SO FRUSTRATING. So I switched to…

Petwant SmartFeeder

This is the best automatic pet feeder ever! It has a camera, it has an app that makes programing super easy, and (depending on how much you feed your pet) it stores about a month’s worth of food. (Not that I leave him alone for a month, I just make it very easy for my pet sitters to pet sit.)

Automatic water dispensers

Petmate Replenish Pet Waterer with Microban
Petmate Replenish Pet Waterer with Microban

This is my cat’s full-time water dispenser. It’s also convenient when I leave town. He loves it. And it comes in fun colors!

PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain
PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain

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.

The robot litter box

Litter-Robot III Open-Air

I took a gamble on the most expensive automatic litter box ever, and that gamble paid off. All the Amazon reviews were spot on — the Litter Robot is worth every penny. This baby is huge, and it looks like the boring uncle of BB-8…

The Litter Robot and The Woogs.

But man-oh-man does this little ‘bot do the perfect job or cycling shit and hiding the smell. I love you, Litter Robot.

SPECIAL OFFER: I was contacted by the Litter Robot company with this special URL that will get you $25 off your own litter bot! Click here to take advantage and then never scoop shit again!

If any of you guys have more suggestions for robot pet sitting options, leave ’em in the comments. I’m always looking for new tech to make my boy happy.

Megan Finley Horowitz

I'm a part-time writer, editor, and full-time eater from Los Angeles. I live with my husband/travel partner, our rescued senior chihuahua and grumpy-ass cat.

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