iPhone Tech for Pet Lovers
8 GADGETS FOR MAN'S BEST FRIEND
Whether you're a cat person or a dog person, you'll likely agree that pets are a special part of the family. As such, you want to take extra good care of them, and thanks to countless technological advancements, raising one healthy, happy, high-tech pup or kitten is a breeze. That's why we've gathered up a selection of the best gear for pet owners, from wearable cameras to wireless feeders. Now your pet can get just as excited about your new gadgets as you are! Petnet SmartFeeder Beta ($249)
Picture this: your cat is pacing around the food bowl with pleading eyes when you get home from work. Only after you feed him do you discover that your spouse already gave him a generous dinner. Outwitted again! We all have stories like this, but thankfully, this wireless feeder for cats and dogs by Petnet takes the guesswork out of mealtime once and for all. Won't be home for dinner? Schedule a feeding from your iPhone. Give your dog too many treats today? Adjust how much kibble she gets right from the Petnet app. You'll also receive iPhone alerts for feeding times, meal confirmations, food supply levels, and battery life within the app. Even match your pet with the right kind of food and have it delivered to your door! GoPro Fetch Dog Harness ($59.99)
Ever wonder what it's like to see the world from your dog's point of view? Well this padded, waterproof GoPro dog harness lets you find out. The Fetch comfortably fits dogs weighing 15 to 120 pounds—and it works with every version of GoPro too! The chest mount is great for capturing your dog digging and trotting down trails, while the back mount lets you see over your dog's floppy ears as she runs toward the ocean or through your backyard. The harness is comfortable, padded and waterproof, though should never be used with a leash.
Eastern Collective Cords ($25.95)
If you have a naughty pet that's always trying to gnaw on your iPhone charger, you may want to invest in one of these cords by Eastern Collective. These one-of-a-kind braided fabric cords offer the charge you need and a plethora of colorful designs that are much more resilient than your native Apple cables, which tend to fall apart after a year of use.
Whistle Activity Monitor ($99)
Hailed as the Fitbit for dogs, this activity monitor by Whistle allows pet owners to gain insight into their dogs' daily life. Attach Whistle to your dog's collar to track three states: walk, play, and rest. Through the iPhone app, you can also set goals for activity, track food and medicine intake, and even create custom reminders tailored to your pet's needs. Whistle is waterproof and lasts 10 days between charges.
Tagg Pet GPS ($99.95 + $9.95 monthly service)
Forget putting up fliers and searching endlessly for your lost dog or cat—this GPS tracker lets you know where your pet is at all times and even has an ambient temperature sensor that notifies you when he gets too hot or cold. Simply attach the device to your pet's collar and begin tracking his location right from your iPhone—you can even receive alerts when he's wandered outside the virtual fence you've set up. Though Whistle recently acquired Tagg and plans to merge the activity tracker and GPS device in the future, for now you can still purchase each device separately.
Petcube Pet Camera ($179)
Are you leaving your pets home alone for an extended period of time? Use a pet camera to talk to them and see how they're doing! Petcube streams 720p HD video with its wide angle camera and uses your home Wi-Fi, allowing you to use the two-way live feed to watch your furry companions, talk to them through the device, and even operate the camera's built-in laser pointer from the device's app. Now you'll never miss a tail wag!
Pawscout Pet Finder ($29.95)
Usually, panic ensues when our dogs run away or get lost in a new place. Never fear, because this more affordable alternative to Tagg will help you more than those posters you're stapling to telephone poles or Facebook posts you're frantically sharing to everyone's walls. Attach the customizable tag first. Then, if your pooch goes missing, mark him missing on the app! If a Pawscout user or dog comes within 200 feet of your dog, you'll get a notification in the app. You can even call the owner from the app if you find a lost dog! The battery lasts a year, and the unit is waterproof. Bluefang Dog Training Collar ($169.99)
Need to keep the dog from peeing in the house or tearing up your sofa? There's an app for that! Bluefang's training collar delivers a “nudge” to your dog to help train them. There are six training categories on the app—sit, stay, come, fetch, heel, and down—that you can press to activate voice commands. There are also three levels of stimulus you can deliver to your dog, so no matter the body size, the “zap” will be safe! Got more than one pooch? Bluefang's app can manage multiple dogs. Abbey Dufoe is a graduate student in environmental journalism. Her friends call her the “app monster,” and she’s always itching for the newest iOS gadget (current favorite—the iPad Air). She loves concerts, the environment, and ice hockey, but loves tweeting about them even more. Follow her on Twitter @abbeydufoe or visit her blog at abbeydufoe.com.