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A common occurrence in any household with a pet is that dreaded early wakeup time when your fur baby whines, barks, meows, or makes noise in an effort to remind you to feed them. As you pour their food into their bowl, you notice the water has run low or has weird particles floating in it, so you end up having to change that in the process. Fresh water is important for our lovable pets, after all!
A simple solution to consider is investing in an automatic pet feeder and water fountain, so you don’t have to get up as early as your hungry pet and so that they always have clean water available. If that’s not enough to convince you to get on the automatic feeding bandwagon, know that automatic pet feeders and water fountains also provide many other perks.
We take a closer look at the benefits of auto pet feeders and water fountains, plus put two gadgets from Petlibro to the test.
Auto Pet Feeder and Water Fountain Benefits
Besides the obvious—not having to get up to put food in your pet’s bowl—another huge benefit of automatic pet feeders is proper weight management, because you can specify the right portion to dispense at the right intervals. Perhaps your vet has suggested that your pet be fed smaller meals throughout the day or a certain amount? An automatic pet feeder can help keep you on track. Petlibro, for instance, offers automatic feeders that let you customize not only your pet’s feeding schedule, but also provide 12 portion settings to choose from per meal.
By the same token, one big advantage to an automatic water fountain is around your pet’s health too and providing adequate clean, fresh water to your fur baby. As water circulates through a water fountain, it also goes through a filtration system that can rid of impurities and dirt. The result is clean water that your pet will enjoy more than stagnant water in a bowl. Proper hydration is also important for your pet’s urinary and kidney health. (Learn more: Find out How Much Water Should a Dog Drink and How Long Can a Cat Go Without Water.)
You may want to consider getting an automatic pet feeder and water fountain if:
- You travel a lot or are home at inconsistent times.
- Your pet needs weight management and perfectly portioned meals.
- Your pet needs to be enticed or reminded to drink more water.
- You’d rather sleep in than wake up to feed your whining pet.
- Your pet needs to feed constantly throughout the day (like, snacking) versus one to two big meals per day.
What Is Petlibro?
Founded in 2019, Petlibro is a company that creates automatic feeders and automatic water fountains for both cats and dogs. With a mission to have pet owners connect with pets using trustworthy products, the company has designed items that can be ordered online, simply integrated into the lives of pet owners and their beloved pets, and quickly improve their day to day and health. Their designs are perfect for minimalists who are practical, but also love gadgets that look sleek and streamlined.
Petlibro Water Fountain Features
Petlibro currently offers three types of water fountains: a stainless steel one where the water comes out from the side like a human’s water fountain; an automatic one where the water comes up from the center; and an automatic one where the water comes out from a spout like a faucet. See below for features we love about each:
- Made of stainless steel that is rust and corrosion resistant
- Dishwasher safe (except for the pump and filters)
- Adjustable water flow
- Silent pump
- Ergonomic handle
- Leak-proof and splash-proof design
- Emulates bubbling spring with moving water and bubbles
- Quiet fountain
- Ideal height for most pets to drink comfortably, avoiding spills
- Capacity of 2.2 liters, which can last about a month
- Practically silent water recirculation system
- 5-level filtration system via an ion exchange resin and coconut shell activated carbon
- Capacity of 2.1 liters, which can last a month for most pets
- Comes with two drinking modes (for the height of its flowing stream) that you can easily adjust
Petlibro Auto Pet Feeder Features
Petlibro currently offers several types of automatic feeders that range in capacity (3-, 4- or 6-liter), price ($59.99-$89.99), and features. The specifications and use cases each of them have in common include:
- Automatic food dispensing on your desired schedule
- Portioned dispensing of the food
- Partially dishwasher safe
Upgraded features that vary by model include:
- Sealed food storage (available in the Granary model)
- Transparent food tanks (available in the standard Automatic Pet Feeder, Transparent Food Tank Feeder, and Easy Feed models)
- Voice recording (available in the Automatic Pet Feeder, Transparent Food Tank Feeder, and 4L WiFi Automatic Pet Feeder models)
- WiFi enablement (available in the standard Automatic Pet Feeder and 4L WiFi Automatic Pet Feeder models)
Putting the Petlibro Water Fountain and Auto Pet Feeder to the Test
Upon receiving the Petlibro 4L Transparent Food Tank Feeder and Petlibro Automatic Pet Water Fountain, we were relieved to find that the products didn’t overwhelm us. Not only did both items come simply boxed (that means, there wasn’t too much packaging to dig into or get rid of), setting up both items took seconds. Though instruction manuals were provided, we did not need them to piece the minimal number of parts together to get things started.
We did have to charge both items—which came with USB cords—before use.
Adding water to the water fountain and food to the auto feeder was also pretty easy to do and intuitive.
Once the setup was complete, it was time to test! Before we dive in, it’s important to note that each of our two cats had very different reactions.
Franklin’s reaction: The minute there was a promise of food, Franklin was in. Curious during the setup phase, he was ready once we poured in the food. As soon as the food came out of the machine, he chowed down. When it came to the water, he was a little more skeptical. The sound that the fountain made did make him curious, but not curious enough to have a sip immediately. After the water fountain began doing its thing, he ignored it for a good 20 minutes. Soon enough, he walked right over and drank as he normally would from his water bowl. He didn’t play with it like I thought he would, but he used it the way it was intended.
Eleanor’s reaction: Eleanor was skeptical from start to finish, and hours later, she still hadn’t taken a bite of food or a sip from either apparatus. During setup, she watched, but never got too close. When I carried her to bring her over to the water fountain, she freaked out and ran away. She’s not a fan of technology mixing with her food and drink, as it turns out. Five days later, she did finally try drinking from the water fountain.
Things We Like About the Auto Pet Feeder
The best feature about the Petlibro 4L WiFi Automatic Pet Feeder that has made us pretty stoked is that we don’t have to wake up early to feed our cats. We can finally sleep in! (They usually wake us up if we don’t feed them by 7 a.m.) Other features we like include:
- The transparent tank lets us know we’re running low on supply.
- The feeding timer is easy to program.
- You can also use your phone to program from anywhere.
- It can also record your voice so you can call your pet over when it’s time.
- It’s easy to clean the removable bowl.
Things to Consider
The biggest thing to consider about this auto pet feeder is that some cats are just particular. The idea of an automatic anything may not interest them or may spook them. Also, if your cat eats wet food or a combination of wet food with dry food, this is not good for everyday use, as it only dispenses kibble.
Things We Like About the Auto Water Fountain
The best feature of the Petlibro Automatic Pet Water Fountain is that it does entice one of our cats to drink because of the sound of running water. Other features we like include:
- That running water sound is quiet enough, yet tranquil for those in the room.
- The design is sleek, so it’s not an eyesore.
- It keeps the water fresh for days, so you don’t have to constantly refill and wash water bowls.
Things to Consider
The biggest thing to consider about this auto water fountain is that it’s bulkier than your typical water bowl, so be prepared that it will take up more space. Plus, some cats might need time to warm up to it, like our Eleanor. Though the water fountain mimics the sound of a river in the wild, most cats have never been in the wild, so this concept may be foreign to them.
Petlibro Reviews: What They’re Saying
Here are some of the most thoughtful reviews we’ve seen about Pelibro products:
“I’m so glad I invested in some auto feeders! I have 3 kitties and they don’t eat all their food all at once, so I figured small meals throughout the day would be best vs free feed. It has been wonderful with keeping them at a healthy weight and on a schedule. I just refill the container once every two weeks!” —Tiffany M., on the Petlibro Transparent Food Tank Feeder
“I love how it portion sizes by tablespoon. I can also add my voice when it is feeding time. Plus, I can set it and forget it. You can power it via an outlet or by batteries, which comes in handy when the power goes out. I say it was definitely worth the price.” —Orskan V., on the Petlibro Easy Feed 6L Automatic Pet Feeder
“My cat usually spills his water bowl everytime and when I got Petlibro, I noticed he’s actually been drinking more water and enjoys doing it. I can definitely say he loves this thing and it’s healthier as it stays fresh all day!” —Marielle A., on the Petlibro Automatic Pet Water Fountain
“I recently bought this Petlibro Capsule water fountain and my cat loves it! It solved the issue of him drinking from my bathroom faucet, and it is so easy to clean. The water noise is very gentle and relaxing!” —Brenda F., on the Petlibro Capsule Automatic Ultra Quiet Pet Water Fountain
Petlibro Water Fountain and Auto Pet Feeder: Our Verdict
After reviewing all of the bells and whistles of Petlibro’s auto pet feeder and matching it up with the needs of pet owners and pets, our verdict is: if you can splurge, it will enrich your life with convenience. Could you scoop less food into your pet’s bowl every morning or give them little bites throughout the day to control their weight and overeating, sure. But would you want to do that or even have the time to do that? Probably not. Let’s face it, we’re all so busy and having one less thing to worry about could be worth the spend.
As far as the Petlibro water fountain goes, we love it too, though it doesn’t necessarily provide a huge solution to a problem. Your pet will drink water from a bowl, but this product may engage them to drink more than their usual. And, there’s that convenience upside too: you won’t have to change your pet’s water daily anymore.
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