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