Tech innovations have made all aspects of our lives easier, from telling us the best happy hour deals based on our location to telling us when to drink more water in order to stay hydrated.
Technology can also optimize the lives and health of our pets. Now, we can simply check an app on our phones to confirm that everyday tasks such as feeding and disposing of waste are already complete, and also access data related to what our furry friend is doing, where they're doing it, how often they're doing it and even what they're feeling.
SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder
Designed for multi-cat households, this app-controlled cat feeder monitors feeding behavior — often one of the first signs of illness or distress in an animal. In addition to allowing those issues to be addressed more quickly, the feeder also allows pet parents to set the weight of each food portion, using either the full or split bowl for wet and dry food or combination feeding. LEDs guide when the correct amount is reached. The feeder only opens for the right cat's microchip, preventing cats from overeating or stealing other cats' food, and ensuring prescription food is eaten by the right cat. With the related app, pet parents can view data from all Sure Petcare connected products, such as the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Connect, for a more complete picture of their cats' behavior, all in one place.
Litter-Robot 3 Connect
Give your kitty a fresh box with each use without having to scoop with this automatic self-cleaning litter box. It immediately sifts waste from clean litter, depositing clumps of waste into a drawer under the box. The Wi-Fi enabled Litter-Robot 3 Connect also allows pet parents to remotely monitor their cats' litter box usage for insights into their health, as well as receive notifications when there is a problem with the box or the waste drawer is full.
Ever wondered what your dog is thinking? Now you can at least get a basic idea of what they're feeling with the Inupathy smart harness. The biologist-developed harness uses sensors to monitor your dog's heart rhythms, and that data is plugged into an algorithm that tells you whether your dog is feeling happy, interested, relaxed, excited or stressed by displaying different colors representing each of those five basic emotions. Use the Inupathy app to monitor your pooch's mental health over time and keep track of how they respond to various stimuli.
Whistle GO Explore
You can finally learn what your pet does and where they go when you're not around, or just track them down using this device's GPS tracker. Set up "safe places" such as your home, work or a pet sitter's home to monitor when your pet comes and goes or to receive notifications when they go outside those areas. A detailed heat map will show their most frequented locations throughout the week. The whole family and other caretakers can connect with the app so everyone knows when the pet has been taken out, and you can track multiple pets, even creating personalized notifications to remind you of each pet's feeding, walking and medication schedule as well as vet and grooming appointments. The app will tell you how often and for how long your pet runs, walks, plays and naps each day, and also monitors their scratching, licking and sleep duration to compile weekly wellness reports you can send to your veterinarian to identify potential health issues. The device features a built-in light and battery life of up to 20 days, and can be submerged in water up to 6 feet deep.