We’ve gotten fancy. Or lazy. You decide. We have purchased an automatic food dispenser for our cat, Sammy. The food is loaded in from the top, and the unit is programmed to dispense whatever amount is set. The amount set is determined by selecting a number from 1 to 40. We have it set at 4. The unit can also be programmed to play a 30 second recorded message. So, every morning at 8 am, Sammy hears me say, “Good morning, Sammy. I hope you have a good cat day.” My message repeats three times. I don’t know why it repeats, and I don’t believe I can record three different messages. All I know is that when the unit starts to dispense, Sammy, from wherever she is, runs like a race horse over to her food dish. The “Vremi Automatic Pet Feeder for Cats and Dogs” costs $69.98.
We also bought “The Automatic Replenish Pet Waterer” to take care of her drinking water. This cost $32.90.
All you pet owners know though, that feeding your pet is the easy part. It’s the other end where things aren’t so much fun. So, for this, we bought “The PetSafe ScoopFree Smart Self Cleaning Litter Box – Smart Phone App Connected Automatic System.” A smart litter box? Yep! This smart litter box costs $199.95.
We’re so smart we bought the value pack of “PetSafe ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box Tray Refills – Non-Clumping Crystal Cat Litter – 3-Pack.” This cost $48.95. A tray is supposed to last 25 days.
So, in case you haven’t been adding up these purchases (69.98+32.90+199.95) adds up to $302.83, not including the cost of the tray refills.
While having these systems just about eliminates the daily chores of cat care, the real reason we purchased all this is because these systems allow us to leave our cat alone at home while we are on some of our travel trips. Boarding our cat costs $28 a day. We could spend less if we want to take a chance and give someone our house key.
We used these systems while we were gone on our last trip to Rend Lake for five days. Everything worked great. So, with just that one trip, we’ve covered almost half the cost of our initial investment.
Once we decide these systems work well enough to keep long term, we will likely move the litter box to a less conspicuous location. However, we will need to have an additional outlet installed. Another cost. I do have to say, though, since we started using all this, everything has worked beautifully.
We also purchased a “Wyze Cam” with “WiFi Smart Home Camera With Night Vision, 2-Way Audio…” which we used to check on Sammy while we were gone. Even though the camera has night vision, we purchased a night light with auto on/off, so we could check on Sammy after dark. This night light cost about $11. She could hear us when we talked to her over the camera, and we heard her meow back. She asked when we were coming back home. At least, that’s what I think she said.
Lastly, our neighbors kindly agreed to take our house key in case Sammy needed anything. Even with all these “systems” for Sammy, we were happy to have a human back up, if needed. That didn’t cost anything because you just can’t buy good neighbors. You just have to be lucky, and that’s what I’d call the cat’s meow!