You could say pets have played a major role in wearable technology. More than 25 years ago owners began to microchip their pets with trackable devices just in case they got lost.
Given the fact that pet owners will spend an estimated $62.75 billion on their animals this year alone, it makes sense that the tech industry would cater to these customers. If you thought the latest technology was just for humans, then check out these devices and apps for the animal kingdom.
Apps That Entertain Your Cat
Cats are super popular on the Internet, but it turns out they’re fans of technology too. Numerous developers have created apps for cats. The general gist of these apps is to give cats things to chase on screen. If you’ve ever seen a cat chase a piece of yarn or a laser beam, then you know how eager they are to pounce on fast moving objects.
Pet owners just have to make sure they have solid cases for iPhone 7 smart phones, because the screen of your new phone is no match for cat claws.
Monitor Pets on Your Phone While They’re Home Alone
We all wish we could take our furry friends with us everywhere we go, but that just isn’t realistic. Pets get left at home, leaving their owners to wonder what it is they’re doing all day. Well, now you can know exactly how they behave when you’re not home.
Video monitors can be strategically placed around your home to keep an eye on pets while they’re alone. A frontrunner in this field is the Petcube. The high-def camera can connect to your home Wi-Fi and stream videos to your phone, but that’s not all. There’s also a laser that can be controlled through your device so you can play with your pet when you’re away from home.
Another great option is PetChatz. The device is rather pricey, but it has a screen that allows you to essentially Facetime with your pet, and it can dispense treats remotely.
Live Streaming Video at Doggy Daycare
Worried about how your pet is fitting in at doggy daycare? Many doggy daycare facilities now have live streaming video cameras installed around their property. The video is automatically fed to an app or web page where owners can see what’s going on. This is a huge relief for pet owners that are trying a center for the first time or have a dog with special needs.
Find an On-Demand Dog Walker or Sitter
If you like the concept of Uber or Lyft you’ll be a fan of apps like Wag. The company has screened dog walkers and pet sitters that are available in your area at a moment’s notice. The on-demand service makes it extremely easy to find someone to look after your animals last minute or in advance.
Let Your Dog Play Fetch on Their Own
Want to make sure your dog gets their playtime even if you can’t be there to play? The iFetch gives your dog the ability to play fetch on their own. It works kind of like a tennis ball serving machine. Anytime the dog drops a ball into the funnel of the toy it shoots the ball back out.
Pet Doors That Allow VIP Access
Your pets like having the freedom of going in and out of the house as they please, but that can also allow other animals in your home. The Passport Pet Access Smart System Door is making that concern a thing of the past. This technologically advanced pet door can be programmed to only allow animals with a Passport Key on their collar in and out. Other techy pet doors can be programmed to allow access at certain times of the day and lock automatically on a schedule.
Track Your Dog’s Movements
There’s a huge selection of tracking devices for dogs, because no one wants to lose their best friend. With one of these wearables, you’ll know the moment your pooch gets loose and can quickly track them down.
Tagg Tracker is leading the pack in this field with a GPS tracker that’s placed on a dog’s collar. You can designate a safe zone for them to play in and get alerts if they stray beyond the boundaries. Another useful feature is the activity monitor. Tagg Tracker will create reports that show how much exercise your dog is getting each day. Owners should note that there’s an $8 monthly fee for the tracking service.
If monitoring activity and health is the primary goal the Whistle Activity Monitor may be the better option. You can input the weight, age and breed of your dog to get customized health charts based on their activity levels. Owners can also track behavior patterns and set health goals for Fido.