Who doesn’t love a good gadget to make life easier? Well, that’s exactly what these buys will do for anyone who lives with cats and/or dogs. Our round-up of cool pet gear and gadgets will make playtime more fun, feeding time more automated and make your fur kids a whole lot happier.
Keep scrolling for a look at the latest gadgets you can get for your pets – and if you love it, buy it! They deserve surprise presents too ?…
1. Ready, set, eat… make feeding time easier
Need to make sure your cat is fed if you work late or have to go away overnight? This programmable food dispenser has five 230g portion holders that revolve and pop open at set mealtimes. The dry-food feeder can be used by cats and small dogs.
Why we love it: The latch is secure so your pet can’t help themselves to seconds, and it’s dishwasher safe.
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Just like humans, pets need to stay hydrated too and this clever fountain will keep them healthy and hydrated with 1.5 litres of fresh, filtered water. 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 fresh.
WHY WE LOVE IT The filters keep the water clean and fresh for four weeks and it has an adjustable flow control.
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2. Let your pets entertain themselves when you’re not around
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 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!).
Entertain your cat for hours with this fun circuit that stimulates their sense of sight, sound and touch. To 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 which are all super easy to assemble.
3. Gadgets for a calm, happy dog or cat
If your pet dissolves into a puddle of nerves during a storm then you’ll love this smart invention. Once your dog or cat is wrapped up in the Thundershirt, it applies even, gentle pressure to create a calming effect that soothes most pet anxiety disorders.
Why we love it: It’s available in seven sizes for dogs and three for cats – it’s pretty stylish too!
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The power of music can calm the most anxious pet and this is what iCalmPet is all about. The Through a Dog’s Ear music uses psychoacoustic techniques that trigger relaxation for animals and is known to be an effective tool to speed up or slow down the nervous system using beautiful music.
Why we love it: It promotes drug-free, all-natural and holistic solutions to reduce pet stress.
4. Scoop-the-poop products you need in your life
So 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!
Often find your hands full when taking your dog for a walk, then this is gadget is just for you! The Gismo is a dog-walking device that is a leash holder that connects to any leash or leashes (yes multiple leashes can be connected – tangle free) for a comfortable grip. It even has a rechargeable flashlight, a treat container and a poop bag dispenser.
Why we love it: It’s light-weight and acts as a training kit – all this can be held with one hand.
5. Keep you, your pet and your house safe and secure
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.
6. A fun way to give out treats
Who says you can’t play with your food? Well, you can’t, but your cat can! If you’ve got a greedy pet who gobbles their food quickly, slow them down with this clever food tree. It stimulates your cat’s natural hunting instincts, getting them to push their pellets down the ramp before eating.
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.
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.