While I don’t encourage pet owners to avoid feeding Rex or Whiskers by hand, there are times when automatic pet feeders are very helpful. Petlibro’s Granary WiFi feeder, one of the newest options on the market, means you can maintain the strict feeding regimen you’ve established for your furry friend while working from home even when you get back to the office. It’s also great if you’re jetting for the weekend and you don’t put your neighbor on the duties of filling the bowl.
With a slick look reminiscent of an espresso machine, this straight feeder – the second -generation model from Petlibro – consists of a canister placed in a bowl. Needless to say, it’s more beautiful than “Kenl-Mastr,” supposedly the first mechanized animal feeder, invented in 1939 and kept at Bloomingdale’s. A New Yorker shopping article described it as “a covered plate of food for dogs that unfolds its lid at feeding time if you remember to set its alarm-clock timer”.
Petlibro’s model is more than just popping a cover. After you load the canister with kibble – it will run on dry food – the fun begins. Everything is scheduled via machine buttons (which can be a little finicky) or via an app, which is great for running changes. (There’s also a cheaper, non-WiFi version.) And you can make an audio recording so your voice announces each meal.
A battery backup will kick in in the event of a power outage, the food tray can be dropped into the dishwasher, and the parts are very sturdy, with a stainless-steel bowl that can’t be easily broken by a non good foot. Most importantly, it has the same level of security as Fort Knox. A twist-lock lid and special sealing strip will keep moisture and kibble fresh for two odd weeks, almost until the five-liter supply still lasts (you’ll receive a notice on app if stocks are small). But please don’t leave your moggy alone. Petlibro Granary WiFi Feeder $ 89.99 (non-WiFi version from $ 65.99), petlibro.com
Fitbit for Fido
Does Fido want a Fitbit? That’s what this smart collar is all about. It uses non-invasive radar sensors to monitor vitals such as respiratory and heart rate, including sleep patterns and quality. Pet owners may want to be aware of such things given that 10-20 percent of dogs are at risk, or are already suffering from, heart conditions. Like many competitors, the Invoxia has GPS tracking, but few other collars are able to monitor biometric stats because they often require close skin contact and the feathers can interfere. The collar works through an app but there’s one major caveat: it’s only for medium and large dogs. Available in the US, UK and Europe from September. Invoxia smart dog collar, £ 99 plus £ 12.99 monthly subscription, invoxia.com
Automatic for cat people
It looks like a chic retro washing machine but this contraption is probably the best automated kitty litter you can buy. After your cat has done its thing, quietly turn the machine on, transfer the contents to an odor-free drawer and sterilize itself using UV light that zaps bacteria. (Fear not: the weight sensors make sure the drum doesn’t start spinning until the cat comes out.) If the drawer is full – after a week – you’ll receive a notification in the app to get it. But don’t leave for too long unless absolutely necessary, huh? The app keeps you in your cat’s business by tracking its weight and bathroom activity to help you keep track of its health. Leo’s Smarty Pear Loo Too, $ 599.99, smartypear.com
It’s alive, it’s alive …
If your cat isn’t content to chase a ball of rope, German brand Trixie has created interactive plush toys that give pets a Netflix -like level of entertainment. Its classic animated model is like a battery-powered “active mouse” that runs across the floor, changes direction when it collides with something, and stops when forced-before starting again. also after the second touch, so that the Whiskers are not satisfied. A newer option is a fish that does not regularly vibrate when touched; it automatically stops after 15 seconds before starting another round of flopping. Let an amused cat know that no bloodshed is needed. Trixie active mouse, £ 13.99; wiggly fish, £ 9.99, trixie.de
This new dog camera from Eufy – now available in the US and Japan – is an amazing puppy -sitter. (It’s sold to dogs but can also be used by cats.) Working with an app, it provides a live-stream feed in 1080p clarity and has a 170-degree wide-angle lens, zoom function, and infrared night vision. The motion sensor tracks your pooch and the camera rotates to keep it in the middle of the frame. Interactive functions, on the other hand, bring fun: you can call Fido thanks to the built-in speakers and, most of all, use a function-tosing function to fling delicious ones. bitten at three different distances. Eufy Pet Dog Camera D605, $ 199.99, us.eufylife.com