Have you ever wanted to communicate with your pet while you were on vacation? Or wished you had a way to make sure they're staying active and, most importantly, safe while you're at work? Tech gadgets such as PetChatz and The Go Bone are just a few innovative products that allow pet parents to play with and watch their pets when they cannot be physically present. Pet owners can now play fetch, take photos and visually communicate with their furry friends using these products and their mobile devices.
CleverPet is an innovative engagement game built to teach your pet how to perform tasks through food challenges and a light-up touch pad. Your pup masters the challenge by tapping the lights and gaining treats and food when they correctly finish the task. Using the mobile app, owners can adjust the challenges and see what activity level their dog is at. Available at CleverPet for $299.00.
Tagg GPS Pet Tracker
The Tagg GPS pet tracker attaches to your pet's collar and tracks daily exercise levels through free iOS and Android apps. It also releases email and text alerts to owners to track their pets if they run away or get lost. Available at Amazon for $84.44.
The PetSafe SmartDoor includes programmable selective entry, exit and auto-locking functions to ensure a safe and secure door for your pets. Available at Amazon for $147.63.
Nite Ize GlowStreak LED Dog Ball
The LED ball is a durable, motion-activated fetch toy ideal for nighttime play with your pup. Available at Amazon for $13.19.
The GoBone device is controlled through the free mobile app, and pet owners can activate games such as GoBone Fetch and Hide-and-Seek. Owners can also program the GoBone to run during particular hours of the day and record and share videos of your pup playing with the interactive toy. Available for pre-order at The GoBone for $169.00.
PetSafe Flitter Teaser Pet Toy
The PetSafe Flitter Teaser toy allows your cat to engage in an interactive game with the ability to program play sessions all day whether you're home or away. Available at Amazon for $24.59.
iFetch allows for nonstop fun with your pet without you having to do too much work. iFetch launches tennis balls 10 to 30 feet, suitable for both indoor and outdoor play. $115. Info: goifetch.com
Place the Tailio device underneath your cat's litter box, download the free app, and begin to monitor your pet's weight loss/gain, frequency of litter box visits and changes in litter box behavior. The app tracks and alerts owners about health patterns, reminders to clean the litter box and vet reports. Available at Tailio for $199.00.
PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder
This programmable feeder allows owners to schedule up to 12 meals a day with meal portions from 1/8 cup to 4 cups. There is also a Slow Feed Mode, Immediate Feed Mode and Pause Feed Mode based on your pets meal plan. Available at Amazon for $129.95.
Whistle 3 Dog & Cat GPS Tracker & Activity Monitor
Keep tabs on your furry friends with the Whistle 3 GPS Tracker and Activity Monitor. The device attaches to your pets collar and works with your smartphone to keep them safe and alerts owners when their pet wanders off. The waterproof device also allows owners to track their pup's exercise activity and long-term health trends. $79.95. Info: whistle.com
The Petcube surveillance camera features a two-way audio system so you can talk -- and listen -- to your pets when you're away. Video is recorded when motion is detection and is sent to the free Petcube app on your iOS or Android device. There's even a built-in laser you can control via the app to play with your pets remotely. $199. Info: petcube.com.
One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel
High energy cat breeds will enjoy this exercise wheel. May require some training sessions. Available at Amazon for $199.00.