Who doesn’t want to make life easier? Our round-up of problem-solving pet gadgets will make playtime more fun, feeding time more automated and make your fur kids a whole lot happier. Yes, please!
Paw-rents, keep scrolling for a look at nine of the latest pet gadgets. Invest in one or more… your fur babies deserve surprise presents, too, don’t they?
Make pet feeding easier
1. PetSafe 5 Meal Pet Feeder
WHAT IS IT? Quite a clever little device, it’s a programmable food dispenser with five 230g portion holders that revolve and pop open at set mealtimes. Perfect if you need to make sure your cat is fed if you work late or have to go away overnight. This dry-food feeder can be used by cats and small dogs, too.
WHY WE LOVE IT? The latch is secure so pets can’t help themselves to seconds, and it’s dishwasher safe.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT? R975, petplus.co.za
2. Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain 1,5L
WHAT IS IT? A must-buy pet gadget, this fountain holds 1,5 litres of fresh, filtered water to keep your pets hydrated. The patented free-falling stream of water actually entices dogs and cats to drink more. It has a charcoal filter that removes bad tastes and odours and keeps the water super fresh.
WHY WE LOVE IT? The filters keep the water clean and fresh for up to four weeks, and it has an adjustable flow control.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT? R804,78, epetstore.co.za
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3. Catit Senses 2.0 Food Tree
WHAT IS IT? This is a clever food dispenser for a greedy cat. If your kitty gobbles up his food too quickly, slow him down with this clever food tree. It stimulates your cat’s natural hunting instincts, getting him to push pellets down the ramp before eating them.
WHY WE LOVE IT? It can be set to different difficulty levels (which adjusts the size of the openings), and it’s easy to disassemble and clean.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT? R579, takealot.com
Savvy pet play
4. PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher
WHAT IS IT? Basically, it’s a tech-savvy throw-and-fetch gadget for dogs. Hands up if you tend to run out of steam before your furry friend does during a game of fetch. We thought so. Enter the Ball Launcher. With nine distances to choose from and six angle settings, you can set up this magic box for hours of fuss-free play.
WHY WE LOVE IT? Train your pup to drop their ball in the hole at the top and you don’t need to lift a finger (or a soggy tennis ball!).
WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT? R3 365, takealot.com
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5. Catit Senses Super Circuit Cat Playstation
WHAT IS IT? A fun, modular play circuit that stimulates your cat’s sense of sight, sound and touch. Keep it fresh by building and rebuilding the circuit into different shapes, and the ball that zips around the closed track in a rollercoaster fashion will encourage your pet to swat and chase it around the track – what fun!
WHY WE LOVE IT? There are 100 layout possibilities that are all super easy to assemble.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT? R825,93, epetstore.co.za
Health and safety for your fur babies
6. Thundershirt for dogs and for cats
WHAT IS IT? A clever jacket that applies even and gentle pressure to your pet’s body to create a calming effect that soothes most pet anxiety disorders. If your pet dissolves into a puddle of nerves during a storm or over the New Year’s Eve celebrations, then you’ll love this smart, wearable pet gadget!
WHY WE LOVE IT? It’s available in seven sizes for dogs and three for cats – it’s pretty stylish too!
WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT? From R674.87 per Thundershirt, samandmolly.co.za
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7. SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap
WHAT IS IT? A hi-tech cat flap for your home door! Worried about leaving a window open at night, but still want the cat to be able to get out? This flap is the equivalent of giving them their own key! Its sensor responds to your pet’s existing microchip – it unlocks as they approach, and will lock again behind them, so there’s no chance of a stray getting in.
WHY WE LOVE IT? The flap can recognise up to 32 pet identities and you’ll only need to change the batteries once a year or so.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT? R1 983,75, epetstore.co.za
Taking care of your pet’s ‘business’
8. Good Dog Enviro Green Pet Loo
WHAT IS IT? This isn’t a porta-potty you can train your pet to use themselves, but it’s just as handy. Bury the eco-friendly ‘loo’ underground (the opening can be covered with a twist-top lid) then, when you scoop the poop from your garden, pop it into the bin; bacteria and enzymes in the Bio-liquefier will break down waste safely.
WHY WE LOVE IT? It’s odourless, repels flies and isn’t harmful to plants – or kids!
WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT? R495, apetslife.co.za
9. I’m Gismo Starter Kit with poop-bag dispenser and handle
WHAT IS IT? It’s actually a device that makes walking your dog much easier. In a nutshell, it’s a leash holder that connects to any leash or leashes (yes multiple leashes can be connected – tangle-free) for a comfortable grip, and it features a rechargeable flashlight, a treat container and a poop-bag dispenser, all in one.
WHY WE LOVE IT It’s lightweight and can be held with one hand.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT? R780, apetslife.co.za
Please note that these prices were correct at the time of publishing. Prices and availability of stock are subject to change at the discretion of the supplier.