Technological innovations are making their way into the pet industry, and pet homes across the country. There’s a growing market for smart toys and gadgets to help pet owners play, feed and keep an eye on their four-legged friends. Pet retailers are meeting this need with devices like automatic pet feeders, cameras, toys and more.
There’s no limit to what the future holds for pet tech. Con Slobodchikoff, an animal behaviorist and professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University, has devoted his career to decoding animal communications. Slobodchikoff believes that we will soon be able to understand and communicate with our pets thanks to technological advances. “I think we have the technology now to be able to develop the devices that would allow us to talk to our dogs and cats—but if we’re going to get to that technology, it’s going to take thorough research.” Slobodchikoff believes we’re five to ten years away from being able to talk to our pets.
While we may be years away from truly understanding and communicating with our pets, there’s a lot of pet tech that exists that can help strengthen the bond between pet and parent. Keep reading to learn more about the hottest pet technology, and how it can improve the day-to-day lives of you and your furry companions.
Petzi Wi-Fi Camera and Treat Dispenser
The Petzi Wi-Fi camera and treat dispenser not only helps pet parents keep an eye on their cuddly companions while they’re away, but it can also dispense treats remotely on-command. The device works with the Petzi mobile app so you connect with your pet on the go. With the app, you can watch over pets, talk to them through the audio speaker, and take pictures using the Wi-Fi camera in case your pet’s doing something extra cute. The wide-angle camera comes with night vision, so you’ll have a perfect view of your pet—night or day.
iFetch Mini Automatic Ball Launcher Dog Toy
Playing fetch with your pup can be a rewarding activity for both you and your furry friend—but if you’ve got a playful pup on your hands, she might have more energy than your arm can handle. The iFetch Automatic Ball Launcher launches balls for you, relieving pet parents who are busy or incapable of playing fetch. The automatic ball launcher can train your dog to be independent, and can teach her how to entertain herself and get some exercise, even when you’re away.
Whistle 3 Dog and Cat GPS Tracker and Activity Monitor
The Whistle 3 Dog and Cat GPS Tracker attaches to your pet’s collar and works with your smartphone, once you sign up for its subscription, to help keep tabs on your precious pet. Pet parents can use the app’s GPS tracking capabilities to ensure their four-legged friend is safely at home by alerting them when their pet has wandered into unchartered territory. The activity monitor also helps track daily activity, letting you know if your pet isn’t maintaining optimal activity levels. Whether you’ve recently moved, or are visiting someplace that is new to your pet, you’ll feel safer knowing your pet hasn’t escaped while you’re away.
Pet Acoustics Cat Tunes Speaker
If your pet suffers from depression or separation anxiety, they may exhibit some bad behavior, which can lead to messes in the house, eaten shoes or even damaged furniture. One piece of new pet tech that can help keep your pet calm is the Pet Acoustics Cat Tunes Speaker. The Bluetooth speaker is pre-loaded with 90 minutes of music developed by a sound behaviorist to reduce stress and calm nervous cats. The music is specific for felines, and clinically proven and veterinarian-approved to help alleviate nervousness caused by their environment. The music played by the Pet Acoustics Speaker can help your cat keep calm during bad weather, grooming, travel and litter training. It’s also a great for helping to reduce hyper nocturnal behavior. The design makes it easy to transport, and it lasts up to 8 hours on full charge.
Being a pet parent is challenging, and being away doesn’t make it any easier. Thankfully, pet tech is on the rise—so it’s easier than ever before to feed, train, play with and communicate with your four-legged friend, no matter where you are or how busy your schedule becomes. Take advantage of pet tech innovations to put both you and your pet at ease.