Automatic Dog and Cat feeders
9th August 2022 at 2:14 pm #39089
HI was wondering if anybody has used the automatic feeders for cat’s and dog’s for Hedgehogs. Am going away and have got a few visitors needing food , have looked at them but they need to be put in a cat proof box, can use one of them for water and leave it outside the box but not the food one so don’ know if it will be too tall to fit in box thx15th August 2022 at 7:30 pm #39217
Automatic feeders have been discussed on the forum before – I think at that time they weren’t very successful, but designs may have changed since then. The best thing to do is ask a neighbour to feed and provide water for the hogs when you go away – it may get them interested in the hogs as well.15th August 2022 at 9:43 pm #39222
I never saw that feed , but this time its not possible to get neighbours do it .Thanks Nic16th August 2022 at 7:45 pm #39228
It was quite old – some of the really old ones were deleted when they revamped things.
Sorry to hear it’s not possible to get neighbours to help – I know it isn’t always possible. It’s probably worth trying the feeder before you go. It could be useful to others on Hedgehog Street if it works. Sometimes it takes hogs a while to get used to things, too. But the perceived wisdom is that, as what we offer the hogs is supposed to be supplementary, hopefully the hogs would be able to find wild food for a short period of time. Water could be more of a problem, even if left in the shade. Hopefully what we just had was the last of that really hot weather (although that might be wishful thinking!). But it might be useful to know if the hogs do take to the water ‘feeder’. That should, of course, be left in the shade, too – although I’d be slightly worried about it getting algae in it (if left for several days) if the weather got really hot again.
But it looks as if you might have to be the ‘experimenter’ to see if the hogs take to the feeders. Let us know how you get on with them.18th September 2022 at 4:14 pm #39841
Automatic feeders are quite a useful invention of mankind. If you don’t have time, work a lot, are away from home, and have no one to ask for help, an automatic feeder will come in handy.21st September 2022 at 6:08 pm #39911
Does that mean that you have used automatic feeders for offering food to hedgehogs and that they took to them ok?21st September 2022 at 8:46 pm #39919
Hi all i did go away and leave the hogs for 2 weeks, i didn’t get the automatic feeders, i just put as much food in the feeder tub , and when i came back it was all gone. So the first night i came home i filled it up and fresh water and the hogs never held it against me as they all came back so all is good .22nd September 2022 at 1:48 pm #39940
Really glad to hear the hogs didn’t hold it against you! Good old hogs! Glad that the perceived wisdom turned out to be right for you and the hogs there. Hope you had a good holiday as well.
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