According to Millam, “The Arduino cat feeder was easier to program than Monkey was.”
The machine is programed to recognize the RFID-tagged balls and when detected will immediately fill up with cat treats. It wasn’t success at first try, but Monkey and Millam were both good sports about it, and in the end it worked!
On the hunt for food… or rather plastic balls.
If you plan to teach your cat the same trick at home be careful what type of plastic ball you use, many plastics contain toxic levels of chemicals that could be harmful to your kitty. If this concerns you, you might be better off using a different material entirely.
Watch the full video of Monkey the cat hunting for his dinner:
Photo Credits: benjaminmillam.com