Pets are a full-time commitment. And while it pays to love them and enjoy their company, it can still be difficult to make time for treats or play. Luckily, these tech pet gadgets will help you take good care of your furry friends, even if you̵
These gadgets lend a helping hand when it comes to feeding, playing, tracking and even cleaning up your dogs and cats. They are handy to have when you are at home, but especially useful when you are not. And if your pets like them too (and we’re sure they will), who are we to argue with?
Make sure your pets are fed: PetSafe Smart Feed
The PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Pet Feeder works for both cats and dogs and ensures that they are fed even when you are not at home. Plus, it supports portion control, so you can rest assured they are only eating the amount you want them to eat, not a drop more. The Wi-Fi enabled feeder works with both iOS and Android devices and is even Alexa capable for added hands-free convenience.
The food bowl automatically notifies you when it is empty or almost empty, so you always have food to hand for your pets. You can schedule as many as 12 meals a day for servings ranging in size from 1/8 cup to 4 cups. There’s even a Slow Feed setting for meals over 1/8 cup in small batches for 15 minutes, which is great for pets who tend to devour their meals instead of enjoying them.
The lid, bowl, funnel and bowl holder are all dishwasher safe, making them easy to clean. The feeder also has an auto-refill option via Amazon Dash Replenishment that can automatically reorder your favorite pet food once it runs out.
Control your pets: Petzi Wi-Fi Treat Cam
The Petzi Treat Cam offers you a great way to connect with your precious pet when you are away from home. This allows you to see your pet through the camera, if he is also in the room, and even talk to him through the one-way speaker. You can access the camera feed through the Petzi app for iOS and Android, and you can even take snapshots of your pet from there and share them directly on social media.
The smart device also has a treat launcher built in, so if your pet is extra good or cute (which they are, of course) you can reward them. The Petzi Treat Cam is compatible with Amazon Dash Replenishment, so you can automatically get reward refills when you’re running low. Likewise, you can also choose to pick up the Wyze HD Indoor Smart Home Camera if you prefer a more general indoor camera to keep an eye on your pets. However, keep in mind that while the Wyze cam supports two-way audio, it doesn’t deliver any candy.
Check your pets
Petzi Wi-Fi Treat Cam
Monitor your pets throughout the day and provide a treat even when you are away from home.
Entertain your cat: PetDroid Boltz Robotic Cat Toy
When not sunbathing or sleeping, cats like quality playtime. Help them hone their hunting skills (and reduce their energy a bit) with this adorable PetDroid Boltz Robotic Cat Toy. The toy can move in circles, forwards and backwards and also rotate back and forth, and it is equally good at moving on carpet, hardwood, tile and other surfaces.
The robot toy comes with multiple detachable accessories, including ribbons, feathers and a crumpled ball that you can switch. This is great if you have multiple cats as they may all prefer a specific accessory. The toy automatically detects obstacles such as chairs, so you don’t have to worry about damaging your furniture while it moves. It also has fun colorful LED wheels, so it looks extra cute when it zooms and zips around the room.
The Boltz also has an automatic mode that is super handy when you’re away from home all day. It turns on every 1.5 hours and turns off after 10 minutes, which is just enough to get your cat interested and give him a bit of exercise and stimulation without draining the battery. Speaking of which, the 620 mAh battery can run for up to eight hours in standard mode.
Play a ball all day long: iFetch Ball Launcher
Fetching is fun for dogs, but let’s face it, not that much fun for us. After a dozen or so casts, the old arm gets tired, and that’s where the iFetch Ball Launcher comes in. The interactive ball thrower is the perfect companion for any fetching dog. Plus, there are small and large sizes to choose from based on your dog’s size.
The launchers can fire tennis balls from 10 to 12 meters, making them ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. There’s even a randomizer that randomly chooses how far to shoot the ball so your dog keeps guessing. Each size comes with three balls, so you don’t have to worry about buying those in addition to the launcher. The launcher runs on a built-in rechargeable battery and only needs an occasional quick charge to keep up with your dog.
Play with a ball all day long
iFetch Ball Launcher
Save your arm and keep your energetic dog busy with this automatic interactive ball thrower.
Easy clean-up: PetSafe self-cleaning litter box
Nobody likes cleaning litter boxes, so why not automate the process? With the PetSafe self-cleaning litter box, all you have to worry about every few weeks is shoveling, cleaning or refilling your cat’s litter box. It’s also designed for easy cleaning: just remove the disposable tray, throw it away and insert a new one.
It automatically removes waste, controls odor, protects against leaks, and uses crystals that are low-tracking, dust-free and won’t stick to your cat’s paws. The playpen itself comes with a hood, so your cat has some privacy while they answer nature’s call. It even tracks how often your cat uses the bowl so you can monitor its health.
See Your Dog’s Adventures: GoPro Fetch Harness
The adorable GoPro Fetch Harness allows you to see the world from your dog’s perspective. It’s the perfect way to see what kind of adventures (or problems) they do when you let them out, and it’s extra fun when you buy one for each of your dogs to watch them play together. The harness is suitable for dogs from 15 to 120 pounds and offers both a back and chest attachment for both small and large dogs.
The harness is fully padded at all adjustment points so that it always feels comfortable on your pupper. There are also quick-release bases that make attaching and detaching the camera a breeze. And don’t worry – if your dog gets dirty (or splashes or goes swimming), the material will retain water for easy washing. However, this only includes the harness; you need your own GoPro camera.
See your dog’s adventures
Find Your Pet: Whistle Explore pet tracker
Whether your pet tends to just take off and disappear, or you just want a little peace of mind if they happen to get lost one day, a pet tracker is a must. The Whistle Go Explore is a small pet tracker that fits your pet’s collar and it offers real-time location tracking. The tracker requires a subscription to AT & T’s 4G LTE-M network starting at $ 6.95 per month.
The tracker allows you to set things up to receive a quick location notification via the companion iOS and Android apps if your pet happens to make a daring escape from a designated area (set by you) called a geofence. The battery lasts up to 20 days on a single charge and comes with a built-in light. You have three safety nightlight settings: slow flash, fast flash, or always on. This makes it easier to spot your pet in the dark and provides a little light if they come into a dark area.
In addition to location tracking, the device can also track your pet’s activity level, nutrition, and overall health. He even notes behaviors such as scratching and licking and sleeping to keep an eye out for potential health problems. It also gives you the option to email a 30-day report to your vet if it detects any health issues.