As humans, we are constantly developing technology not only for ourselves but for also for our furry friends. With plenty of pet owners here at Tech Advisor, we know the attachment one can have towards their pet, (but we wouldn't have it any other way).
Essentially it’s often like looking after a child, with them needing food, water, exercise, love and attention. And just as we worry about our offspring, so do owners for their pets. But we are here to help you relax and calm those anxious feelings. Whether it be its health, happiness or whereabouts we have you covered as we look into the very best available technology for your pets.
PitPat is a handy device for any dog owner concerned about the overall well-being of their pooch. It is a small lightweight tracker which attaches directly with Velcro onto the collar of your dog. The device is robust and waterproof so is suitable for all terrains and all breeds.
By downloading its companion app to your smartphone, you can view information on how long your dog has walked, run, played and rested throughout the day. Useful if you leave your dogs during the day, and want to make sure your dog’s guardian is doing their job too!
SureFlap Pet Door Connect
Although cat- and dog flaps which can read microchips have been around for a while, the SureFlap Pet Door Connect is the first you can control from your phone.
The kit, which costs £159.99 from SureFlap includes the door, plus a Hub which you attach to a spare network port on your router. It can be powered by a USB port on the router, or the included power supply.
The app is available for Android and iOS and gives you notifications about when your pets enter or leave the house. This can give you peace of mind when you're not at home, but via that app you can also lock the flap to prevent your pets from coming in or going out.
For example, if they're already out, it will let them in but not back out. And since it recognises their microchips, it will always prevent any other animal from coming in. Better still, you can use this ability to allow one pet to leave the house while keeping another safely inside.
Much like PitPat, FitBark measures the activity of your loyal companion. However, it also has an emphasis on the health of your dog, giving information useful to compare with if you’re worried and think your dog is out of shape. All the comparison information can be found easily in the FAQ section of the FitBark website.
You can also compare your dog with others of the same breed who own FitBark. It also allows multiple users to ‘follow’ the profile of your dog including the Vet if you are seeking a professional opinion on your dog’s health and happiness.
Eyenimal Cat Videocam
We don’t want to neglect Ginger and friends, so here’s one for all the cat lovers out there. Ever wondered what your feline friend gets up to when they wander outside and trot back hours later?
Wonder no more with Eyenimal’s Cat Videocam. This is a small camera weighing only 9g so no need to worry about it weighing your cat down or making them feel uncomfortable. While the camera quality will leave a lot to be desired, it'll do the trick to help you find out what your cat has been up to.
With a battery life of up to 3 hours, it will not capture a whole day of exploring, but it could offer an interesting insight into your cat's life.
Petzi is a must for any owners who can’t stand leaving their furry companion alone. It allows you to keep an eye on your pets while away from them by simply using the companion app on your phone or tablet. By connecting to the device, you can then view, speak to and also dispense a treat for your pet.
The device can be mounted or placed anywhere convenient. It has a wide angle camera, equipped with night vision, useful for when they are prowling around at night and can be connected to via Wi-Fi or a stable 4G/3G connection.
You can also capture images of your pet while away from them which you can then share to the Petzi Social network, a specialised Pet-Instagram called Petzi Social.
iFetch is an automatic ball launcher. Simply teach your dog to place the balls into the launcher and it will shoot them between 3 distances (10ft, 20ft and 30ft). It can be used on batteries or plugged straight into the mains.
Perfect for the excitable pup who can’t get enough, it is ideal for those who are either absent from their pet or are unable to play fetch with them due to either injuries or old age or even just plain laziness. Keep your pet fit and healthy and engaged without moving a muscle!
The easyPlay is yet to be released at the time of writing, but looks to be a revolutionary piece of kit when it comes to pet tech. While there is a plethora of tech for pets, emphasis on the safety of your Pet is always number one. The easyPlay knows this and has incorporated that thought into its design. A large spherical object with a camera, compartment for treats and motorised-ball. It's large enough for large breeds of dogs to chew or hold safely. Plus, it doubles up as a pet monitor as well as an interactive toy which either your Dog or Cat can enjoy.
Use your smartphone or tablet to control the sphere, access the camera or dispense a treat for your pet. Even when you're not using the app, the sphere can still interact with your pet with ‘Auto mode’, keeping him/her occupied while Mum and Dad are out. While it’s still too early to say whether or not the easyPlay is a success or not, first impressions has us excited and could soon be the benchmark for other Pet tech.
A simple piece of kit that will bring hours of fun to your cat is the FroliCat Bolt. This standalone device operates as a laser pointer for your cat. If you’ve never seen how cats react to lasers, you'll know how entertaining this could be.
The sturdy device projects random laser patterns across the floor, along furniture and along walls. It will keep your cat active and occupied, particularly useful while out of the house or at the office. Just remember to remove all fragile ornaments from the room!
You might have mistaken one of these for a UFO crossing a field late at night, we sure did! It's an excellent piece of kit with the primary purpose to make your dog visible during dark hours. Especially with dark-coloured breeds.
During the winter months, dog owners will know there is nothing more frustrating or worrying when your pal dashes off into the darkness with there being no way to find them other than yelling out. Yell no more with these LED collars which are easily visible and attachable, lightweight and have over 100 hours of battery life.
This device is a useful tool when trying to locate your pet cat. The lightweight tracker, weighing only 6g, attaches to your cat's collar and allows peace of mind while they are out on the prowl.
Whether your cat is stuck up a tree, under the neighbours car or just hidden away under the couch, the Tabcat allows the owner to quickly locate their missing kitten using a simple colour-coded light system, pointing you in the right direction. It also features a ‘recall’ button, which can call back your cat, however this very much depends on its training and how stubborn your cat is!
ProFlight Pathera Cat Drone
If you're tired of waving toys around for your cat to play with then why not enjoy the fun of flying a drone while entertaining your feline friend?
The Pathera Cat Drone is available at a reasonable price and is essentially a regular drone but comes with three interchangeable toys and more. You get a mouse, fish and feather dangler toys plus catnip and a dangler attachment so you can add whatever you like.
You can also capture all the antics with the built-in 2Mp camera. If you're worried about flying the drone into your cat, yourself or the surroundings, it comes with propeller guards, auto altitude and an avoidance system.