Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. If you have cats or dogs, then you know just how they seem to sense when it’s mealtime. And if you’re late with a meal? Well, they’ll let you know. Unfortunately, sometimes life happens, and work obligations, traffic, or last-minute errands mean you’re not always home to feed your pet on time. Automatic pet feeders can take care of that task for you. These feeders can be preprogrammed to feed your pet when you’re not available. Your pet won’t have to wait for you, you won’t have to scramble to find a pet sitter, and your pet can continue to eat on a regular schedule. These feeders are also useful if you have a pet who needs to eat smaller meals throughout the course of a day. Remembering or being available to feed your pet four times a day isn’t always practical, so an automatic feeder can be an ideal solution. Smaller meals can help to prevent boredom and even behavioral ...