How Often Should I Feed my Pet?

Having a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences someone can have. Taking care of them is the least we can do for their unconditional love and cuddles. As we all generally know, there are many responsibilities when it comes to being a pet parent. Of the many decisions pet parents have to make when raising and taking care of their furry friend, some of the most important ones are how and when to feed them.  Both the Eatwell 5-Meal Pet Feeder and the Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain would be perfect in making sure your pet is properly fed and hydrated. Usually, pet parents will either free-feed their pet or set up scheduled feedings.

Free-feeding pets is a practice many owners do, and it works well if your pet can maintain a healthy weight and avoid having accidents in the house. Free-feeding is when you leave food out and let your pet graze the food whenever they want, which can allow them to eat when they are hungry.

Scheduled feedings allow pet parents to control portions and set a routine for their pet. Routine feeding is great for pets especially puppies and kittens because it gives them a sense of security and predictability. Both dogs and cats thrive on habits and giving your pets a routine can help speed up the training process. In fact, a set feeding routine can help your pet stay relaxed during life changes happening in the household, such as bringing home a new baby, going on vacation, or moving to a new home.

For puppies, if you feed them at the same time every day, they’ll have to eliminate at the same time every day, which can significantly help reduce accidents and aid in housetraining.  Appetite can be an important indicator of health, and scheduled feedings can be a helpful tool if your pet falls ill because you’ll be able to track how much or how little they are eating.

Typically puppies and kittens up to 6 months of age need between three and four meals a day. After six months the amount can be reduced to twice a day. As they grow into adults, they can remain on a twice-a-day schedule or drop down to eating once a day. It’s best to talk to your vet to determine what’s best for your pet.

Eatwell 5-Meal Pet Feeder helps you set the perfect feeding schedule for your pet

The Eatwell 5-Meal Pet Feeder by PetSafe is an automatic feeder for dogs or cats. This convenient feeder has a time that can feed your pet at timed intervals. Simply set the timer to give your pet a measured portion of dry food whenever you choose. This automatic feeder is great for busy, working pet parents who have a stricter schedule and can’t feed their pets on time.

The electric feeder runs on 4 “D” batteries (not included) and is made of a durable, BPA-free plastic. The removable tray holds five 1-cup meals and is dishwasher-safe. Simply fill each tray with dry food and set the timer to your liking. You can set the tray to feed your pet up to five times a day or even once a day for five days.

With the Eatwell 5-Meal Pet Feeder, you don’t have to worry about feeding your pet if you’re running late coming home from work.  You and your pet would love this product!


Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain provides your pet fresh, clean water

The Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain is the perfect water fountain for your dog or cat. Due to the stagnant water in regular water bowls, bacteria are able to grow and possibly cause your pet to get sick. The stainless steel pet fountain aerates water through a charcoal filter, stopping bacteria from growing in your pet’s bowl, and the constantly flowing stream of water attracts and encourages your pet to drink.  With it, you don’t have to worry about constantly changing your pet’s water to make sure their drinking fresh, clean water.

The Pet Fountain plugs into any outlet in your house and comes with five interchangeable spouts for the perfect stream setting. It can hold 1 gallon of water that aerates through a charcoal filter at all times. Replacement filters and a cleaning kit are also available and sold separately.

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Win a FREE Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain OR an Eatwell 5-Meal Pet Feeder!

These prizes are perfect for both dogs and cats! Which one do you want?  Just leave a comment below and you could win a FREE Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain OR an Eatwell 5-Meal Pet Feeder from 1800PetMeds!
Two winners will be chosen at random on Monday, April 2, 2018, so everyone who participates has a chance to win! (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck! 

Congrats to the drawing winners: Susan A (fountain) and Sandy E (feeder). Look for an email from us regarding claiming your prize! 

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  1. I’d love the Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain for my Ms. Vicki. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. I leave dry food out for the day. At night I feed my cat a packet of wet food.

  3. Virginia BrantleyMarch 30, 2018 at 7:52 am

    I would love either one for my 11 fur-babies

  4. This feeder makes feeding your pets so much easier. Simple as 1,2,3 👍👍👍

  5. I would love to win the FREE Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain. This would definitely come in handy.

  6. Easy way to feed your pets .

  7. i would love this for my baby girl. she would love it too.

  8. I’m having trouble with frontline plus for cats. Lately it hasn’t lasted more than two weeks before I find several live fleas on the cat that has white hair on his belly. It’s difficult to see anything on my black shorthaired cat. I’m not sure this 5 X substitute is new. Didn’t it come out several years ago? I tried the Pet Meds alternative before and it didn’t work at all! I ended up returning it. That’s why I am wondering if this is the same thing.

  9. Would love this for my two cats.

  10. Stacy Giacosa-BauerMarch 30, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Fabulous Giveaway! My 3 rescue shelties Sable, Bella & Ike would love this Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain! Thank You.

  11. Wow what a great prize1 I have a bulldog that eats everything and anything! The eat well feeder would be great control,the vet suggested such a tool. I also have 2 15yr cats that never get enough water they would love the fountain! thanks for the chance!!


  12. My two rescue kitties would love a feeder. One of them is turning into a little chub-bub because she hogs all the dry food.

  13. I would love to win the water bowl for my cats. I have 10. It would be a pleasure to have since I have various other animals that I also attend to as well. Thanks in advance

  14. Definitely the Drinkwell Water bowl! My dogs are always drinking, a lot actually. This would be great to have!

  15. Looks fun for our dogs

  16. My 3 cats and dog would love this. My cats drink from the sink, I have to leave dripping. This would be perfect.

  17. Kathleen KuykendallMarch 30, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I would love the 360 water fountain for my 5 kitties. Our 3 legged kitty loves drinking out of the sink but has a few issues with jumping up on the sink. This would make it easier for him and tbe others would love this as well.

  18. My cats and dog would love that fountain!

  19. I would like a Eatwell 5-Meal Pet Feeder since I already have the Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain

  20. Would love to win this for my cats! Thanks for the chance!

  21. My vet told me that my cat needs to lose weight. She is a free feeder, so I need to set scheduled feeding times. I think the Eatwell feeder would be perfect for her. A running water fountain would also do her well. I think she will be fascinated by it. lol


  23. I would like the FREE Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain so that my dog’s water is always fresh.

  24. My dogs only like ice water – would love to try the fountain!

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