Automatic feeders have been around for years now. Here’s a new twist: it is now possible to feed a cat remotely from your smart phone. This writer saw a story about this new feeder app called Pintofeed on the news last night and was both amused and horrified.
Those who’d be amused might be thrilled to use the ever-growing world of technology for more and more things they’d normally do themselves. Pet parents can not only set up feeding times when they’re in a hurry – they may also set up Pintofeed to feed their cats (and dogs) on a regular schedule. One thing to note, Pintofeed only works when feeding dry food.
According to Pintofeed’s website, the app may be configured to alert pet parents when kitty has been fed and set portions to check a cat’s food intake versus the national average. Up to 50 Pintofeeds may be managed from one account on one app.
Those who might be less amused might think this is just another supposedly time-saving gadget that might seem good on the surface, but serves as another coarsening, impersonal contribution to our lives. Cat feeders that work on timers were never popular in this writer’s home. As a matter of fact, two of my cats slammed their feeder against walls until they popped the top up.
Meal times are times to connect with furry friends. Some may enjoy the whole routine that goes along with making their dinner.
Cats are living beings who like contact with their loved ones. Whatever your opinion of this latest technological wonder, you might find a use for Pintofeed. Or, like this writer, you might roll your eyes, laugh and ask yourself, “what’ll they think of next?”
What do you think, would you use this app to feed a cat remotely? Please leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.
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