DIGITAL DAYCARE FOR THE HOME ALONE PET

When you can’t be with your dog and cat, new technologies CAN help you be a good pet parent.

STORY KERRY HEANEY | PHOTOS GETTY IMAGES

There’s nothing worse than seeing a sad doggie face when you leave the house for a long day at work. Even worse, bored pets tend to take their frustrations out on their surroundings. Dogs can suffer from separation anxiety and bark, while cats can become mischievous.

It doesn’t have to be hours of working day blues for them. Providing entertainment is easier than you think with a wide selection of tech devices available to keep them entertained. Automated ball throwers keep dogs active for hours, while laser light pointers stimulate a cat’s hunting skills. You can also purchase a programable pet feeder so your pet won’t go hungry just because no one is home.

Technology can also help keep your pet safer. Attach a GPS pet tracker to the dog or cat’s collar and you will be able to find it anywhere, any time. An LED light dog collar will make your dog stand out in the night, while an activity monitor can track activity and rest.

NEW TECH FOR MEMBERS

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GO FETCH

ifetch-and-family

iFetch Automatic Ball Thrower launches tennis balls from three to 13 metres depending on the model and runs on a rechargeable battery.

THE CHASE

FroliCat DART is an programable, automatic rotating laser light that moves in a circle, jumps and randomly changes directions to engage dogs and cats.

NO SCOOPING

Litter Robot 2

Litter Robot III is a self-cleaning, electric cat litter box with an automatic night light that reduces box odour and does not need to be scooped.

COUCH PUPPY

dogs watching a movie

DOGTV is a veterinarian-recommended, subscription-based television channel designed specifically for dogs to alleviate loneliness, anxiety and depression.