10 Hottest Gadgets for Pet Owners
Practical, Fun and Innovative
Whether you're tech-savvy or you roll old school with indifference to modern gizmos, there's something for everyone on this list of hottest gadgets for pet owners.
From inexpensive and practical to innovative and more costly, these gadgets are geared to enhance the quality of life with your pets. Check out what pet owners are buying today.
1. GPS Pet Tracker Collar
Worried that you might have an escape artist on your hands? The Tagg pet tracker fits onto your pet’s existing collar and helps you track him down using GPS coordinates that you locate on your mobile device using the Tagg app. Bonus: The Tagg pet tracker can also send you — and four other people — an alert should your four-legged companion make a break for it.
2. Automatic Ball Thrower for Dogs
If you have a dog with a ball catching obsession, then the automatic ball thrower from iFetch is a must have.
iFetch shoots the ball 10 to 30 feet away once a ball is dropped into its funnel.
Easy to use with batteries or an outlet cord, this gadget can go mobile with your dog for ball throwing marathon sessions.
3. Tangle-Free Dual Dog Leash
Those of you with two or more dogs know how challenging it can be to walk them on leash without getting them wrapped in one another. This dual dog leash can solve that problem and turn your walk into a tangle-free adventure. The retractable leash extends 10 feet and you can stop one dog individually. It also features two different colored leads that coordinate with the same colored locking mechanism so you know which dog is on which leash.
It’s worth noting that this leash is engineered for dogs weighing up to 35 pounds.
4. Sony ActionCam
Curious about seeing the world from your dog’s perspective? The Sony ActionCam can now be used with a harness that mounts the camera to your dog’s back. Consider this a fun option for family parties (or small weddings) when you need an extra pair of hands to record video footage. (The camera, of course, is also fun for humans to use.)
5. FroliCat BOLT
This interactive, hands-free laser toy will entertain cats (or dogs) with its random laser pattern. It’s also an affordable gadget, usually retailing under $20. The FroliCat BOLT has an automatic timer that shuts off after 15 minutes of usage.
The company also sells the FroliCat DART which features a rotating laser with 16 different variations and an adjustable timer for $30.
Pet Cube wants people to stay remotely connected to their pets. The PetCube allows you to watch, talk and play with pets (using an integrated laser pointer) through a mobile device. There’s even a two-way audio stream. You can even post pictures of your pet to their Instagram page.
7. Whistle GPS Pet Tracker
We’ve included a second GPS collar to the list because it offers additional features for those interested in their pet’s daily activities. The Whistle GPS Pet Tracker is a location tracking device and an activity trend monitor, sort of like Fitbit for humans. Attach this to your dog’s collar and track his health based on age, weight and breed. You’ll even receive goal notifications when significant changes occur with sleep or activity patterns.
8. Pet Door
Want your pet to have access to the outdoors without worrying about other critters — or people — gaining access to your indoors? Using radio-frequency identification technology, the Passport Pet Access Smart System Door programs entry or exit for specific pets, via a Passport Key that attaches to a pet collar. Settings can be changed remotely, including limiting access to only certain times of the day.
9. Pet Smartfeeder
This automatic smartfeeder manages feeding times, portion sizes and food supply. You can even remotely control your pet’s feeding through the Smartfeeder app on your mobile device.
10. The Nest Cam
What are the pets doing while the owners are away? Well, now you can find out. Stylish, sleek and small with sound and motion detection, Nest Cam offers a vivid look into the daily life of pets…when they’re home alone.
Easy to configure—“in a minute,” according to its Web site—and stream on WiFi, the Nest Cam records a 130° wide angle view that allows users to zoom in remotely from a smart phone or tablet for a closer look. The company’s Nest Aware app allows users to record video that can be seen after the fact.