A ROUNDUP OF THE BEST GEAR FOR YOUR FURRY FRIENDS
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,