5 Automation Accessories For Your Pets

5 Automation Accessories For Your Pets

Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 30, 2010

We're always doing our best to make sure our pets have an easy life. Pet tech of days gone by has always felt a bit clunky and intrusive. These 5 finds are all sleek, chic and sure to help you out with all sorts of animals. They're all super helpful and look great while doing so, though none of them yet solve our own personal needs for a doggy jet pack. What it could happen?

Here's a few of our recent pet friendly finds, there's something for cats, dogs, fish... everything except your ferret. Sorry ferrets... no gizmos or gadgets for you, just those cute little hammocks you lay upside down in!

1. Sure Flap: Many automatic pet doors utilize at sensor in your animals collar. But what if your cat or dog isn't really prone to wearing one or slips out of them easy? Usually the sensors are bulky and cumbersome around their necks, but now there's another option. The Sure Flap door uses a sensor in your pet's microchip to allow them access to the door. You can program up to 32 cats into it and allow them access to inside and out or just one or the other. $125 (now shipping to the US) from Sure Flap.

2. Aquachef Aquarium Fish Feeder: It seems silly to have a friend or family member swing by just to feed your fish. They don't require any leash walking or real human contact for that matter, so try an automated fish feeder that will keep them happy until you return home. $28.94 from Amazon.

3. The Lost Feline Locator: Whether your cat is hiding in your sock drawer or holed up in the neighbors garage on accident, this gps device will help track them back down again. Each device comes with a plastic shield that holds against the collar instead of dangling down. $99.95 from Hammacher and Schlemmer.

4. Spotlight GPS Dog Collar: If your dog is an escape artist then this might be the collar for you. Although a change in your backyard fencing might do the trick as well, this locator keeps an eye on your furry friend and allows you to track them down if needs be. Could be a great accessory if you take your dogs hiking or camping with you as well. $249 from Amazon.

5. Raindrop Design Pet Fountain: Many automated and filtered pet waterers have lots of small parts and aren't especially easy to clean. The plastic varieties can actually give your pets a form of acne and all around they don't really do the job you need them too. The Raindrop Pet Fountains keep things clean with a charcoal filter, have a minimalistic design and come in stainless steel ($57.95) and ceramic ($47.95).

Have you seen another great pet product out there we should know about? We love our pets as much as our Apple products, so we're always on the look out for awesome pet tech designs!

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