We’re so overwhelmed with “smart” objects and appliances, VR/AR/AI apps and the rest of the high-tech gadgets and software that dominate our lives that our interactions with our pets are the best low-tech moments we get to experience every day.
That won’t change even if we begin to adopt some of the tech gadgets that have been filtering into the pet supply market in the past several years — the tail wags and purrs you’ll get will look and sound just the same.
So let’s take a look at some of the tech out there that can make your life with your pets easier!
It’s probably no surprise to you there are several pet fitness trackers on the market. They record their running and chasing and fetching and everything else they can muster.
That may be less than you think, which is why attaching one of these to their collar can be a good idea. Once you know their metrics you can begin sketching out a workout schedule that works for both of you as you set new fitness goals together.
Most of these include geolocation features and tend to be stronger on one feature or the other. Focus your research on the aspect that is going to be most important for you and your pet.
If you’re more concerned about having an effective GPS tracker, you’ll need to select one which has good coverage where you live and anywhere you expect to go with your furry companion. One feline tracker even includes a camera so you can share in your pet’s adventures.
There are a host of apps to help you keep an eye on your pet’s overall health. Some are relatively simple but valuable, like the Red Cross’ free Pet First Aid with its text and video instructions on responding to various cat and dog health emergencies.
Others will let you enter your pet’s medical records and history for free or a small fee, while others can connect you to a veterinarian for immediate advice or to databases with information like safe and unsafe foods for your pet.
Automatic pet doors
The age-old dilemma of the doggie door, loved by pets the world over but able to let unwelcome visitors inside, has been solved by companies like High Tech Pet with automated doors that slide open and closed when triggered by a microchip on a pet’s collar.