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RFID vs. Gravity Feeders vs. Automatic Feeder: Which is better?

RFID vs. Gravity Feeders vs. Automatic Feeder: Which is better?

With endless options for pet feeders in the market, selecting the right one for your furry friend can be a difficult decision. Today we’ll be comparing three of the most popular types of pet feeders to see which provides the best results. 

RFID Pet Feeders

Starting off, the PawsPik PortionPro Rx Automatic RFID Pet Feeder is a state-of-the-art automatic pet feeder. Powered by our patented RFID technology, the PortionPro Rx is able to sense a pet’s collar from a much farther distance than traditional automatic feeders. Allowing for quicker reaction times and better prevention against food stealing in multi-pet households. While many are unfamiliar with RFID Technology, it is quickly becoming a staple of households across the country. One of the key benefits that RFID patented feeders provide is the opening and closing of the food door for different pets. This means that if your pet is on a prescription diet or needs to lose weight, the door of the RFID feeder will automatically shut whenever the unapproved pet approaches. This feature in conjunction with our customizable meal amounts and scheduled feedings allows for seamless mealtimes for both you and your pets. 

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Gravity Feeders

The gravity feeder is the second most common semi-automatic feeder for many cats and dogs' owners due to their simplicity and affordability. However, while a gravity feeder may appeal to many through its price point, the drawbacks can result in significantly larger issues in the long run. Gravity feeders are most commonly made with plastic and work by having kibble dispensed into a bowl from an overhead bin. The kibble is continuously dispensed into the bowl as pets continue to eat. For pet’s that tend to overeat or food steal, this type of pet feeder could pose issues during mealtimes. This type of feeder is a beneficial option for those that may be looking for a short-term solution to feeding times. However, for pet owners that work long hours or travel regularly, looking into other long-term solutions may be the most viable option. 

Automatic Feeders

Automatic feeders are another type of smart feeder commonly seen in the market today. Depending on the type of feeder you purchase, the features can vary greatly depending on the specific attributes you are looking for. Similar to the PortionPro RFID Feeders, many automatic feeders allow users to schedule feedings for different times throughout the day. In addition, most automatic feeders are built with sturdy and reliable designs for long lasting use. The main difference between automatic feeders and RFID patented feeders is access control. Without identifiable tags, automatic feeders will open during scheduled times and will remain open for all pets in the household. Meaning that food stealing and overeating are still potential issues with this type of feeder. 

 

Find the Right Feeder

Finding the right pet feeder can be a stressful process. Options such as slow, microchip, and combination feeders are also amongst some of the most commonly purchased automatic pet feeders for cat and dog owners. While each feeder has its own set of pros and cons, hopefully now that you’ve had the chance to understand the difference between RFID and gravity feeders you’ll be able to better understand the advantages and disadvantages that come with both. Taking a look at the table below, it's clear to see that while the gravity feeder may be the more affordable option, the benefits that the PawsPik PortionPro Rx Automatic RFID Pet Feeder offers are unmatched in terms of capabilities and versatility. 

Compare and Contrast RFID VS Gravity VS Automatic Feeder

RFID Automatic Feeders

Gravity Feeders 

Automatic Feeder

Sturdy Design

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Restricts access for specific pets 

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Programmable feedings

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Schedule portions

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User friendly

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Easy to clean

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Affordable

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Prevents overeating

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Useful when away for multiple days 

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