Man Builds Automatic Feeder For Cat That Requires Cat To Hunt And Return Its Toys In Exchange For Food

August 7, 2015


This is a video demonstration of the automatic food dispenser that Ben Millam built for his cat, Monkey. In order to be fed, Monkey has to search the house for RFID tagged balls, which he can then return to the feeder in exchange for some kibble. No word if the water is still complimentary.

So instead of feeding my cat, I hide these balls around the house... This all started after I read an explanation of why cats go about repeatedly exploring the same areas: it's partly to establish and survey their territory, but they're also practicing 'mobile' hunting: moving about, being curious, and poking their noses around in the hopes of upsetting potential prey and finding a meal. So what if my cat, while out on patrol, actually found its prey? Surely this would bring him one step closer towards a more fulfilled and self-actualized indoor kitty existence.

Did you read that? Ben wants his cat to live a more fulfilled and self-actualized existence. Because some people actually think about their pets like that. Me included. Which is why when anyone yells at me for letting my dog shit in their yard I tell them to shut their trap because it's always been a dream of his.

Keep going for a video of Monkey in action.

Thanks to lizzy, who built an automatic cat feeder that only feeds her cat after its played in a cardboard box long enough.

  • Robert Maxwell

    This isn't funny, not as far as Monkey is concerned. We are taking operant conditioning to a new and dangerous level. It all began when B. F. Skinner raised his poor little baby daughter in a Skinner box! And now look at her -- a Moslem communist!

  • shashi

    Sure, its all fun and games until the tables are are turned and then its all: "gone too far" this and "insulin isn't a toy" that. Hypocrisy much?

  • skeptic

    How can the can be self-fulfilled if he was named Monkey? The cat would have an identity crisis.

  • Fred T Fish

    Great! Except for when it finds and kills a real mouse and drops it in there stinking up the joint with rotting mouse. The house stinks so much that it attracts flies, the flies will attract spiders, the spiders will attract lizards which attract birds, then the birds will be killed by the cat who will try dropping it the the thing but get stuck which will attract foxes and those foxes will attract bears! Yes bears

    TLDR: Your house will be filled with bears, not a good idea!

  • TheQiwiMan

    If you are not regularly losing sleep due to your high amount of anxiety over your cat living a more fulfilled and self-actualized existence, you're just a terrible person.

  • shashi

    Sorry i nodded off there, what were you saying?

  • MustacheHam

    It's a good way to stimulate a cat's brain as well keep them busy while one is out of the house.

  • SevyJane

    I want to build one. Must find specs.

  • Andrew

    How much and where can I buy it?!

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