Action: Carnivores: Use of automated feeders
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- No evidence was captured for the effects of using automated feeders on captive carnivores.
'No evidence' for an action means we have not yet found any studies that directly and quantitatively tested this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
Automated feeders can remove human contact for animals being prepared for reintroduction and could reduce stress for animals nervous of human interaction. Additionally, automatic feeders allow food quantity and intake to be monitored to maintain animals at their healthy weight. They are also utilized as a method to schedule feeding times, see 2.21. Provide food on a random temporal schedule.