Despite how cute it may be, pets and tech usually don't mesh. Sure there are gizmos out there designed to be used with pets, but we've found that most puppies and kitties like to play with tech that isn't designed with fur and claws in mind. Here's how to keep your gadgets safe from catastrophe (sorry, couldn't resist!).
A few years ago I tested out the Litter-Robot with my cats. The automatic litter box sifts cleans up your cat's business so you don't have to. While it works like a charm, it's looks are anything but charming. Seems as if the company behind the Litter Robot agrees, as they've recently released a few simple, albeit affective covers for their machines.
We hate our cat's litter box as much as the next cat owner, which is why we're always on the lookout for ways to decrease the eau de toilette that wafts around our apartment. We've yet to find a solution that really works. One Instructable user went to the extreme to come up with a solution by building an exhaust fan within his kitties' waste disposal area. While we don't think we'd go to such an extreme, we do appreciate the measures that this cat owner went to control his kittyies' odors.
Here kitty, kitty. I can't count the number of times I haven't been able to find my cats anywhere in the house. And I've lived in some small places. Like 300 square feet small. How do you lose a cat in 300 square feet? How? You adopt jerks. Anyway. No more crawling on all fours to look under the couch for these nerds. I'm equipping them all with the Lost Feline Locator.
Built in pet doors allow your cat or dog to enjoy the outdoors when you're stuck in a cubicle, but they also hold hazards, such as letting unwanted creatures into your house. So how do you keep wild animals or other people's pets out of your home?
We've noticed when it comes to pet gizmos, it's very rare to find a true gem that's more than just a novelty item. There are though, a few gadgets that were made for one job that have proven to be helpful with keeping tabs on our pets' behavior and health.
You know, we were just complaining about this over the weekend. No matter what setting we have our digital camera on, we can't seem to get a decent shot of our adorable cats. There's just something about pets and digital cameras that only allow the two to mix when your furry friend is in the middle of their late morning coma.
We all know how thirsty dogs can get running around and exploring the yard. Sure a big bowl of water will probably keep your pup quenched, but that water can get pretty gnarly by the end of the day with dirt, leaves, and bugs. While it may not be warm enough in some parts of the country for this doodad, for those of you with pups, this may be a good thing to put on your list of summer yard upgrades.
There's a theory that people will obey laws only if they think they're being monitored -- hence many cities big brother monitoring systems. But some of the best big brother schemes are when big brother isn't really watching you, as is the case with this bird feeder made to look like a speed gun box.
We love pet tech. Whether it's to help us locate our pets or translate their barks, technology to improve the lives of our pets is always something we are on the lookout for. We were excited when we spotted this retractable dog leash which combines several of the things we love here at Unplggd, green technology, LED lights, and of course pet tech.