3 Smart Pet Tech Solutions
Want your dog tracked? Your cat’s activity monitored? There’s an app—or website or device—for that.
This La Jolla–based company launched a smart monitor that sits under a litter box and connects to your home Wi-Fi, measuring everything from your cat’s weight to its waste output. It then calculates metrics that could help manage an existing problem or raise a red flag for new issues like renal failure, diabetes, and obesity. Cats don’t need to wear anything, and Tailio can distinguish between different cats using the same box.
This waterproof device attaches to your pet’s collar and combines GPS and cellular technology to identify their location at all times. If Fido jumps the fence into your neighbor’s yard, you’ll know. You can also monitor their exercise—a helpful tool for older, overweight animals—and get alerts if your animal exits preset “safe zones.” Like a cell phone, you’ll need a subscription plan (from $7 per month), and the device is recommended for pets weighing eight pounds and over.
$80 (additional for plan)
This device lets you remotely “video conference” with your pet, dispense treats, and monitor movements—your pet can even call you. A light on the device alerts your pet that you’re available for a chat, they press an illuminated button, and bingo, they just became the smartest animal on the block. Some training is required to teach your animal that being near the device is a positive experience.