PET TECH

A ROUNDUP OF THE BEST GEAR FOR YOUR FURRY FRIENDS

iPhone Life Magazine - - Great Gear - BY RHEANNE TAY­LOR

f you were to ask my room­mate, she might tell you I'm a reg­u­lar ole crazy cat lady. I buy them food more ex­pen­sive than my own, shower them with love and af­fec­tion whether or not they want it, and ca­su­ally walk around com­plet­ing house­hold chores with my cat Wes­ley draped across my shoul­ders. I cur­rently have two cats, and I ad­mit, I adore them (as Tay­lor Swift says, “Two cats is a party, three cats is a cat lady,” so two has to be my limit for now). I adopted both of my kit­ties from lo­cal an­i­mal shel­ters, and it's been one of the best de­ci­sions I've ever made. Sure, they tend to get into a lot of mis­chief—once, my cat Ojas found a hole in the floor of my new apart­ment (which I had no clue about) and fell through the ceil­ing of the store be­neath me, a trau­ma­tiz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me, my cat, and all of the cus­tomers in­volved. But still, I wouldn't trade my quirky fe­lines for any­thing.

Be­cause of how much I love my kit­ties, I un­der­stand first­hand how im­por­tant pets are to many of our lives. Ac­cord­ing to the 2017 Amer­i­can Pet Prod­ucts As­so­ci­a­tion sur­vey, 85 mil­lion fam­i­lies have pets, up from 56 mil­lion in 1988. It's no sur­prise then that the num­ber of gad­gets de­signed for pets con­tin­ues to grow. As an ed­i­tor at iPhone Life, I like to keep an eye on the lat­est in pet tech­nol­ogy. I've seen every­thing from smart lit­ter boxes that mon­i­tor your cat's health to iPhone-connected toys that al­low you to play with your pets from a dis­tance. Some of the prod­ucts, I ad­mit, are pretty out­landish (take Puppy Tweets, for in­stance, a prod­uct that lets your dog mes­sage you via Twit­ter). I pre­fer much sim­pler ac­ces­sories though. Here, I'll share what I've found to be the most use­ful tech for pet own­ers.

I“I WAS HAPPY TO DIS­COVER THAT MY GLUT­TONOUS LIT­TLE MON­STERS COULDN’T BREAK INTO THE PET­NET FEEDER; ALTHOUGH, BE­LIEVE ME, THEY TRIED.”

Il­lus­tra­tion by Mikaila Maid­ment,

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