4 Smart Gadgets for Pets (that are Actually Useful)
Jul 17, 2017 // Other //

So you’re planning on welcoming a new furry friend into your home. Do you have everything you need? Better go over your checklist again. There’s the collar, food, toys, bedding…oh, and don’t forget to install that app on your phone.

Smart home technology has expanded into just about every area of the house, from the bathroom to the backyard. That includes an entire market of smart tech tailored to prudent (or obsessive) pet owners.

Pet tech ranges from the mundane (like smart collars) to the absurd (like Samsung’s smart doghouse prototype) and everything in between. We’ve rounded up five bits of smart technology for pets that might actually be useful to ordinary dog-lovers and cat-servants.

Smart Cameras for Pets

There are dozens of smart home camera kits that let you see inside your home from your smartphone. These devices are great for people who worry about leaving their precious pets home alone all day. You can use a smart camera to check in on your cat or dog while you’re at work or away on vacation. Some cameras are designed specifically for pet owners, featuring interactive features like speakers and treat-dispensers.

It even doubles as an extra home security feature (though isn’t that what your dog is for?)

Smart Collars

The KYON smart pet tracker is loaded with pet-friendly features, most of which you’ll probably never use. Who’s going to check their dog’s step count? But the fact that it lets you track your pet with GPS technology is a huge relief to anyone who’s dealt with a runaway pet.

If you’re looking for similar products with less fluff, you could try the more affordable (but less stylish) DOTT smart tag.

Auto-Feeders

Don’t get us wrong. We don’t condone leaving your pets alone for extended periods. But we all get caught up with work or personal emergencies from time to time. When that happens, it pays to have an automatic feeder device.

Auto-feeders have been around for years, but newer versions have that extra-special smart tech that lets you control it wirelessly from your smartphone. It gives you peace of mind knowing that your pets won’t go hungry, no matter how late you have to stay at the office.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are an awesome feature in just about any home, but they’re especially useful to families with temperature-sensitive pets. Certain species of birds and fish need to be kept in optimal conditions to stay healthy, and small mammals are sensitive to heat. A smart thermostat will eliminate the risk of things getting too hot or cold for your little friends.

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