Do Your Pets Watch TV?

Do Your Pets Watch TV?

Taryn Williford
Jun 11, 2010

We first noticed it when our little guy was as fixated on Lost as we were every Tuesday night, but it turns out that plenty of pets love watching TV. Whether they're watching Animal Planet or just run to the door barking whenever they hear an on-screen doorbell, does your pet tune in to your TV?

Bacon, the Boston Terrier who you might remember from the Home Hacks post on "How To Prep Your Home Tech for a New Pet," can't get enough of Lost. Something about Jack Shepard's voice makes him perk up and gaze into the small screen for minutes at a time—a massive attention span that Bacon can't even dedicate to his food.

But he's not alone. We've heard of dogs that love to watch "Animal Cops," they'll run around the back of the screen trying to figure out where the dogs went, and cats that can't tear their eyes (or paws!) away from fast-moving NASCAR races.

While it's definitely fun to watch and laugh at (the reason you got a kitten, admit it), you need to be careful with pets that want to make TV watching an interactive experience.

If you ever notice your pooch or kitty getting a little too active around your expensive gadget, make sure you take precautions to protect your stuff.

Check out our post on How to Babyproof Your Flat Screen TV for some good ideas and solutions for keeping your screen upright and intact.

(Images: Flickr user etgeek (eric) under license from Creative Commons, and Flickr user vlb1105 under license from Creative Commons.)

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