Automatic feeders work well for some cats. Free-eaters can grab fresh food from an auto feeder. There are auto feeders that release noms on command, via programming, wi-fi, or other controls. We've used a timer style for our kitties when we know we'll be home past their normal dinner time. Combine with a water dispenser for added security in times of need.
If you use an automatic feeder, you may be able to dispense food at preset times, ensuring your cat gets fed consistently, even if you're not home or are busy with other tasks.
Certain types of automatic feeders allow you to regulate the amount of food dispensed, helping to prevent overeating and maintain a healthy weight for your cat.