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Pets gadget gift guide 2017

Let’s face it, pets are no strangers to technology. After all, there are so many cute videos and memes of our pets that they pretty much own the internet. And to be honest, we’d probably all spend way less time online were it not for alluring clips of our four-legged friends.

So, isn’t it about time we started treating them to some tech that will actually improve their general wellbeing, as well as their YouTube hits?

Luckily, there are loads of gadget gifts out there for pets. Here’s our pick of the 10 best ones:

1) Furbo treat-tossing camera: £179

Furbo final

Ever feel horribly guilty for leaving your pet home alone while you go to work? And then sit at work all day, wondering what they’re up to and if they’re missing you as much as you miss them? Yup, we do too.

Well, with the Furbo two-way camera, you won’t need to wonder anymore. You can check in on your furry friends anytime, anywhere. All you need to do is log into the app and you’ll be able to see exactly what your pets are up to.

You can set it up so that you receive a notification if your dog is barking a lot. And rather than rushing home to comfort your poor distressed pooch, the two-way camera allows you to talk to your animal using the app.

You can even instruct the Furbo to throw your pet a treat. It’s just like being there, but without getting covered in fur.

Get the Furbo treat-tossing camera.

2) Weenect Cats GPS collar: £59.59

Weenect GPS

If your cat is allowed out of the house, you’ll undoubtedly have spent many an evening stood in your back garden, shouting their name and shaking their biscuit bowl in the hope they’ll come in.

But, stick a Weenect GPS collar on your kitty and you won’t need to worry about their whereabouts anymore. Just log into the app and you’ll be able to see exactly where they are, even if they’re in the house. It’ll also alert you if it looks like your cat might be running away.

Get the Weenect GPS cat collar.

3) PitPat dog activity monitor: £33.49

PitPat dog activity monitor

Just like a FitBit, the PitPat activity monitor allows you to monitor your dog’s exercise and set them goals to keep them healthy.

All you need to do is clip it onto your dog’s collar, download the app and you can start tracking your pooch’s progress.

Get the PitPat dog activity monitor.

4) SureFlap microchip pet door: £79.99

SureFlap

Designed for cats and small dogs, the SureFlap pet door works with your animal’s existing microchip to track them when they go in and out.

It will only open up for pets with a microchip registered to the device, meaning that strays and other people’s pets won’t be able to get into your house and make themselves at home.

You can also use it to set a curfew for your pets to make sure they aren’t out and about at all hours.

Get the SureFlap microchip pet door.

5) Super Roller Circuit for cats: £11.99

Keep your cats (and quite possibly your kids) amused for hours with the Super Roller Circuit for cats.

It has handy paw-sized holes for your cat to reach in and tap the ball, which will light up and roll around the track. The more the cat hits the ball, the more it moves. Hours of fun.

Get the Super roller circuit for cats

6) Motorola Scout 85 Connect indoor pet monitor: £79.99

Motorola petcam

Ever wondered what your pets get up to when you’re not around? Well, with the Motorola Scout 85, you can check in on them wherever you are.

Using the Hubble app, you can stream real-time HD video of your pet, using the 300-degree camera with tilt and zoom functions to follow your furry friends around the room.

You’ll also receive motion, sound, and room temperature notifications to make sure your pets are as comfy as can be.

And there’s two-way audio communication feature, so you can reassure your pet if they’re getting distressed.

Best of all, you can subscribe to the Hubble's optional Cloud Video Recording (CVR) service to capture and store your pets’ antics. YouTube stardom awaits.

Get the Motorola Scout 85 Connect indoor pet monitor.

7) SureFeed microchip pet feeder: £68.50

SureFeeder

If you’ve got a few pets and struggle with one of them eating more than their fair share of food, you need the SureFeed microchip pet feeder in your life.

Rather like the SureFlap pet door, the feeder works with your pet’s microchip to let you control who eats and how much.

This is ideal if you’ve got a pet on prescription food or you’re trying to put your pet on a diet.

Get the SureFeed microchip pet feeder.

8) PetSafe ScoopFree original self-cleaning litter box: £129.99

SafePet litter tray

A self-cleaning litter tray? Say no more, I’m already sold.

If you want to know how it actually works though, it waits 20 minutes after your cat has done its business before sweeping the waste into a covered compartment.

The ScoopFree litter box uses special crystal litter that’s apparently five times more effective at reducing odour than regular cat litters. So, you can get away with waiting weeks before emptying the tray. Which will save you a load of time and smells.

Get the PetSafe ScoopFree original self-cleaning litter box.

9) Selfie stick attachment for your pet: £6

Dog selfie stick

Forget make-up tutorials, food porn and holiday snaps. Pictures of your pets are almost always the best way to impress on Instagram.

But, no matter how hard you try, it’s often impossible to convince your pet to look at the camera when you’re trying to get their good side.

By clipping this tennis ball contraption onto your phone, you’ll have your dog’s undivided attention while you take shot after shot of its happy face.

Get the pet selfie stick.

10) Eyenimal petcam: £59.90

Eyenimal petcam

Animal videos are clearly the best thing about the internet. But why film them ourselves when we can get them to do it for us?

Strap this on your pet’s collar and see the world how they see it. Whether you want to see what they really get up to during the day, or you’re hoping to find out which of your dogs has been chewing your shoes, the aptly-named Eyenimal petcam will show you.

Get the Eyenimal petcam.

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