I’m cat sitting for an old kitty who lets me pat his head and rub his ears, but hisses if I dare touch his body. Oh well! He’s earned the right to be a cranky paws.
When I visited, I noticed his water bowl wasn’t full. The bowl is like this. Water is supposed to drain into the bowl from the bottle on top. The bottle part of the bowl was screwed on a little askew, just a bit off kilter, so water stayed in the bottle instead of going into the bowl. It’s the sort of mistake any busy cat owner could make. This seems like a small thing, but if kitty didn’t have a cat sitter who checks the water bowl, kitty would be going without water for a few days.
Same thing goes for the feeder. The feeder is the type with a clear plastic container on top. You fill the container. Food dribbles into the bowl part of the feeder. The problem comes when you fill the feeder with anything other than tiny round cat food pellets. If you use larger pellets or pellets with corners, the food doesn’t dribble into the bowl.
Be careful when you use automatic anything. This is why you want to hire a cat sitter or a cat-savvy friend to visit your home at least once a day when you’re away. Why a cat-savvy friend? A friend who doesn’t own cats may not think to check the water dispenser or the food dispenser. They might assume all was well. Only a paranoid cat owner or cat sitter will take the time to check. Paranoid is good!