It isn't always easy to remember to keep your pets fed, especially when you've got a lot on your plate. But if you do forget, don't worry, because your pets will be sure to remind you, again and again. And unless you like the incessant begging, barking or meowing, automatic pet feeders are here to make your life a little easier. Automatic pet feeders provide controlled meal portions throughout the day for your kitties and pups so they never go hungry. All you have to remember is when to refill it. For pets with special dietary needs, these feeders are a must. And of course, they are a life-saver for when you are traveling. On the market, you'll find a variety of pet feeders to choose from, each with their own unique features and functionality. If you are looking for the best automatic pet feeders, read on to learn more.

The Cat Mate C3000 Programmable Dry Food Feeder is easily one of the best automatic feeders on the market. Providing you pet with a dry food allowance up to three times per day, the C3000 prevents overfeeding and associated health risks. Program the meals times yourself, when you would normally feed your pet, or feed them controlled portions on demand. The LCD control panel has a 6 to 9-month battery life. A pet proof snap-lock lid prevents your pet from cheating the system. Meal sizes start at 10 grams and go upwards from there. The feeder bowl is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. Get the Cat Mate C3000 for $54.99 at and get free 1 to 2 day shipping with your order.

Also ideal for a dog or cat is the PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed, Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder, 24 Cups, available at Petco for $99.95. The convenient automatic feeder provides controlled portions at scheduled times, providing up to 12 meals per day. Using conveyor technology, the feeder can deliver accurate portions without jamming. In addition to dry food, it also works with semi-moist food. Unique to this model is the Slow Feed mode that slowly dispenses food over the course of 15 minutes which helps pets that often eat too quickly and vomit. A stainless-steel bowl is more hygienic and easier to clean. Like the Cat Mate C3000, you can just pop it in the dishwasher.

Another good option at Petco is the PetSafe 5-Meal Pet Feeder for $52.95. The feeder tray features five slots that each hold one cup of food. The slots open at preselected times. Suitable for cats or dogs, the 5-Meal Pet Feeder is ideal if you have a pet that doesn't require any special diet. Like the other feeders mentioned above, the tray can go in the dishwasher.

The Homdox Automatic Cat Feeder Pet Food Dispenser, available for $56 at Amazon, features programmable meal times and portions, as well as voice recording. Ideal for when you are away, you can record a custom message for your pet so they can, not only know when it's time to eat, but also feel comforted each time the feeder dispenses. Providing up to four meals per day, the feeder can hold up to 39 portions. It should also be noted that the feeder holds three D-size batteries that kick-in when the power goes out.