Perhaps we love our pets a little too much, but we don’t care. We are all about giving our good doggos and pretty kitties the absolutely best in life, and bringing you news on devices that can help you do the same.
We’ve introduced you to a speaker that can calm your active dog and activity trackers that are basically Fitbits for your furry friends. But what you may not have known is that there is an entire world of pet tech out there and we haven’t even scratched the surface.
Have you ever thought about getting your pooch an automatic ball launcher for when you’re too exhausted to play fetch? What about swapping out your feline’s watering bowl for a premium water fountain that keeps the H2O fresher longer?
If not, we’ll tell you more about those products and where you can get your paws on ’em. Here are 12 of the latest (and best) tech items that every pet-obsessed owner needs right now.
1. PetKix — $130.00
Now you can use your smartphone to watch what your dog or cat is doing from anywhere. Should your dog bark, you’ll get a message and you can talk to him via the two-way audio system. The Full HD livestream shows you in super quality what your pet is doing. You can activate the Light Pointer and watch them play and throw them a treat as a reward. Of course, you can also take photos or videos and share them with your friends.
2. PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain — $44.95
The Platinum Pet Fountain provides 168 ounces of fresh flowing water and is great for pets of all sizes. The free falling stream aerates your pet’s drinking water with oxygen and a replaceable filter helps to remove bad tastes and odors for fresher tasting water.
It is designed with a receiving ramp that reduces splash and an adjustable flow control that allows you to increase or decrease how much water your pet gets. The large built-in reservoir increases capacity and requires less refilling, meaning more water for your pet and less work for you.
3. PetChatz HD: Two-Way Premium Audio — $349.99
You pet parents think and act differently about your pets. They’re a part of the family! So when you’re away you feel bad — even guilty. PetChatz is a video communications device that allows you to chat and interact with your pet from pretty much anywhere.
Just open the app on your phone or computer, hit the chat button, and you instantly go into Silent Mode where you can see you pet. When you want to chat, just hit the chat button and the PetChatz device will start to ring to alert your cat or canine. The two of you can “chat,” and you can even press a button to dispense a treat.
4. Petcube Play Wi-Fi Pet Camera — $149.99
Say you want to be able to cure your separation anxiety but don’t necessarily want to give your pet a treat. There’s a smart Wi-Fi home camera for that.
The Petcube Play is a pet monitoring system that allows you to check in on your pets any time of day, or view video history to see what he or she has been up to. (Video recordings are triggered by sound and motion.) It has a built-in laser toy so you can interact remotely via app, or you can set it to autoplay mode to exercise your pet when you’re busy. The Petcube Play cube has two-way audio and free cloud-based video storage, no subscription required.
5. AquaPaw — $24.99
Bath time can be a great opportunity to bond with your pet. No, we aren’t suggesting you drag your pup in with you next time you need a shower. But we are suggesting that you use AquaPaw next time your pet needs a bath.
Aquapaw is a wearable sprayer and scrubber you can turn on and off by squeezing your hand, so you have total control of the water flow. It can be used inside by attaching it to your shower head, or you can use it outside with a water hose. The water pressure is high enough to penetrate fur, but low enough to still be comfortable.
6. Whistle — $79.95
It’s really stressful to imagine, but sometimes pets go missing. It can hours, days, or even months before some pets are reunited with their loved ones. The Whistle 3 is a GPS device and activity tracker that will help keep tabs on your pet at all times. It’s a small, 1-once device that attaches directly to their collar, so its great for all sizes of dogs and cats. Connect it with the mobile app to monitory your pet’s activity as well as its location. You can even set a custom safe zone to your home and anytime your pet leaves that area you’ll get a notification letting you know where they’ve gone so you can go find them.
7. Eyenimal Cat Video Cam — $99
Seeing the world through the eyes of your pet is actually kind of a reality with the Eyenimal Cat Video collar. Though it’s designed specifically for your feline friend, there’s no reason why you can attach it to your pooch too. Next time you let your pet outside, you can check to see what they’re up to. It’s really light, only weighing 35 grams, and has over 2 hours of battery life.
8. iCalm Speakers – $144
If you have a restless pup, try the iCalmDog portable speaker — a multi-sensory approach to helping your dog chill the eff out. The speaker plays music that’s been found to ease dogs’ anxiety. This bundle includes the Bluetooth speakers, two micro SD sound cards with 4-hours of the anti-stress tunes, and an hour of music that’s supposed to help you bond with your pet.
It also includes a calming mist, shockproof carrying case, and all the information you need to get started. iCalmDog is a part of the iCalmPet suite of sound solutions for pet anxiety. Check out iCalmCat if you have feline you’d like to mellow out.
9. Self-cleaning litter box — $156.99
Everyone loves their pet. But everyone hates their litter box. ScoopFree is a virtually touch-free, leave-it-and-don’t-worry-about-it pet poop cleaning system. After your cat does their business, the crystals absorb some of the wetness and dry-out some of the solid waste. Then, 20 minutes after your cat leaves, sensors activate the stainless steel cleaning rig, raking the waste into a covered trap so you don’t have to touch it — or smell it — ever.
10. A robotic dog — $52.99
If your building doesn’t allow pets, or if you travel too much and just aren’t home enough to take care of a dog, this robot puppy might be the next best thing. Hear us out: This adorable, remote-control puppy sings, dances, and even farts. Your kids are gonna love it.
11. Furbo Dog Camera and treat tosser — $199.00
If you watch The Ellen Show, you may have already fallen in love with this little contraption. Furbo can show you exactly what your dog is doing in real time when you’re away, so you can reward him (or her) with a treat for good behavior, to calm ’em down, or just ’cause you want to. Unlike typical home monitoring systems that send you general motion and sound alerts, Furbo’s Smart Dog Alerts only notify you of dog-related events like barking. The built-in 1080p night vision camera lets you livestream video so you can see what’s going on day and night using the app. Best of all, it works with Amazon Alexa, so you can say, “Alexa, ask Furbo to toss a treat every hour.” You’ll be amazed and your pet will be pleased.
12. iFetch — $115.00
The iFetch automatic ball launcher will help you play fetch with your dog and you won’t even have to lift a finger. After your pet places the tiny blue tennis ball into the top of the iFetch machine, this interactive dog toy will toss it across the room or yard at 10, 20, and 30-feet intervals.
The top of the iFetch device is tilted away from the launching hole to encourage your pet to stand behind the machine for safety. It works with a power cord or 6 C-cell batteries so you can use it indoors or outdoors. It even comes with a training guide to help you teach your furry friend how to use the machine without your assistance.