This is an auger-based automatic cat feeder. Several pounds of cat food are stored in the reservoir above the auger, and the feeder is programmed to automatically dispense 1/4-cup of food in the morning and in the evening.
The authors adopted a sweet black kitty that we named Barley. Very soon after, they decided to build an automatic feeder that would dispense cat food twice a day.
The main features of the feeder are:
- automatically dispenses an exact amount of dry cat food twice a day
- has a webcam which monitors the food dispensing process
- contains a web interface that allows us to see the webcam feed, to ensure that the cat ate when he was supposed to
- a separate web interface providing direct control of the feeder’s timer and motor configuration
The rear of the feeder contains all the electronics. They are protected by a plexiglass door that is secured with a clasp.
If you browse the author’s blog, you can get all the detail how this project came together, click here.