While tech has been exclusively focused on us humans for the longest time, advancements in recent years have made it possible for our furry friends to enjoy the various benefits that technological devices bring to the table as well, creating a new era of possibilities for pet owners looking to improve their pet’s well-being and happiness.
Today, we would like to share with you a list of seven such tech gadgets that will significantly improve your pet’s lifestyle in various ways, from helping them stay active and healthy to providing them comfort and entertainment, all while giving you peace of mind knowing that your furry friend is safe and happy.
Smart Pet Feeders
Smart pet feeders are automated feeding devices that make it possible for you to manage your furry friend’s diet by creating a custom feeding schedule, where you can input factors such as the number of meals, the portion sizes, and the times at which the meals will be dispensed.
The most significant advantage of using a smart pet feeder is, without a doubt, its reliability, as your furry friend will constantly be fed at the same exact times during the day, regardless of whether you’re sleeping or away from home, which will keep it happy and healthy.
Additionally, as the portion sizes are also saved to the device, you will ensure that your pet eats the same amount of food every day, guaranteeing that your furry friend has a balanced diet where it’s not under or over-eating.
Last but not least, most of these devices do a great job of keeping you in the loop through smartphone notifications, making sure that you are aware of events such as when the device requires a refill, when it dispenses the food, when your pet eats the food, and if something, such a jam, has made it impossible for the device to dispense the food at the time.
While it’s a rather simple device when you think about it, the considerable benefits that a smart pet feeder brings to the table both for you and your pet undoubtedly make it one of the best tech gadgets a pet parent can add to their household.
GPS Pet Trackers
GPS pet trackers are lightweight tracking devices that you can attach to your pet’s collar to see their current location through your smartphone at all times, allowing you to keep an eye on your furry friend’s daily activity even when they aren’t inside the home.
While the main benefit of this device is to provide peace of mind about your pet’s location to you and ensure that your furry friend doesn’t go missing, it will also considerably improve your pet’s lifestyle by making it possible for it to explore the outside world freely and safely, without having to be constrained for safety reasons.
Additionally, by observing the data that the pet tracker collects over time, you can learn more about your pet’s habits, favorite spots, and activity levels, which will help you further your bond with your furry friend and ensure it stays happy and healthy.
Smart Pet Toys
Smart pet toys are a new form of pet toys that incorporate technology in various ways to keep your furry friends entertained, stimulated, and engaged, whether it’s remote controlling capabilities, sensors, cameras, speakers, or interfaces your pet can use.
Ranging from balls, bones, and lasers that you can remotely control to spend some fun time with your furry friend to interactive toys, such as puzzles and automatic ball launchers that your pet can play with alone, it’s possible to find something for every pet’s liking.
As pets usually find smart pet toys more mentally stimulating and fun than traditional toys, these toys can help ensure that your furry friend stays active and entertained at all times, especially if you’ve been observing that your pet seems to get bored rather quickly.
Pet fountains are devices that automatically dispense running water for your furry friends, making sure that they always have access to a sufficient amount of water during the day.
The main attraction of using a pet fountain is, without a doubt, the running water itself, which is what most pets (especially cats) seem to prefer over still water, as running water comes more naturally to them than still water.
With consistent access to running water, our furry friends become more inclined to drink water throughout the day, ensuring they are always well-hydrated.
Additionally, since pet fountains come with filters that purify the water and improve its taste, keep the water cleaner and cooler by constantly cycling it, and are capable of storing more water than a standard water bowl, which makes refills a lot more convenient; they are overall a fantastic device to have around.
Pet cameras are communication devices that allow you to keep an eye on your pet’s activity and interact with them while you’re away by using features such as two-way audio and video streaming, ensuring that you’re never truly separated from your furry friend.
For most pet parents, who are naturally worried about the well-being of their furry friends whenever they are away, the best part of having a pet camera is the peace of mind it provides, which makes it possible to focus on their responsibilities without having to stress about their pet back home.
Additionally, as pet cameras also make two-way interaction possible, pet parents who can find some free time during their workday can quickly hop on a video call with their pets via the pet camera to ensure their furry friends aren’t feeling lonely throughout the day.
Smart Litter Boxes
Smart litter boxes are a definitive quality-of-life improvement on regular litter boxes, both for you and your furry friend, with how reliably they keep the litter box clean at all times while requiring minimal effort on your part at the same time.
Whenever your cat goes to the bathroom and leaves, the sensors in the smart litter box detect this movement, and once enough time has passed after your cat left the litter box, the cleaning components in the litter box remove the waste from the clean litter to store it in a separate tray for later removal.
This way, you don’t end up having to clean the litter box multiple times a day, your cat gets to enjoy a clean litter box every single time, which encourages litter box usage even further, the litter box odor stays under control, and you even end up saving money on cat litter since the litter is cleaned a whole lot more efficiently.
Smart Pet Doors
We can consider smart pet doors to be a massive upgrade on the old-school pet doors that we are all accustomed to, as they come with many features that keep both your home and your furry friends secure while also making it easier for them to come in and go outside.
The primary benefit of using a smart pet door is that it only opens when it detects the Bluetooth collar tag on your pet, which keeps both your pet and your home safe from unwanted visitors that may sneak in through the pet door without you noticing and cause distress for both you and your furry friend.
Additionally, with features such as curfew times, remote locking/unlocking, and entry/exit tracking, it becomes easier to keep your furry friend safe and sound at home when you prefer it to stay indoors, such as when you’re sleeping at night.
While she would define herself more as an art person than a tech person, Mary has a deep rooted love for tech that comes from fixing computers ever since she was a child during the days of dial-up internet, as she had a knack for tech that made her family members come to her for solutions all the time.
After a short stint as a software developer, Mary found her true calling to be UI/UX design, which gave her a way to stay involved in technology while also being able to express her artistic side.
In her free time, Mary enjoys playing video games on a console and tinkering with smart home devices to beautify her home.