The numbers behind pet ownership
In the U.S., we share our homes with furry friends that we may even consider members of the family. Roughly 79.7 million, or 65 percent of all American households have a pet. Around 77.8 million of these pets are dogs and 85.8 million are cats.
As pet owners, we cherish these fluffy creatures. We love showing off their goofy pictures and videos to anyone who’s willing to watch. With the advent of smart technology and IoT (Internet of Things), we now have more ways to stay connected with not just our homes, but our pets as well! From the time we leave our homes to the moment we step back in the doorway, we’ll know what our pets are up to.
An increasing number of pet owners are opting to invest in technology that keeps their pets safe and healthy. This mentality of treating pets as family members has affected emerging technology for the pet industry. In recent years, smart gadgets for pets have become a huge hit. They let you do all sorts of cool things like train your dog, monitor your pet’s sleep cycles and video chat with your furry best friend.
We’ve compiled a list of Internet of Things (IoT) pet gadgets that make for sweet additions to the home. These gadgets are designed to add convenience and security so you can worry less about your pets when you’re away from home. Stock up on your favorites or send them as gifts this holiday season!
Here’s to Fitbits for dogs. FitBark is a smart device that tracks your dog’s fitness levels and sleep patterns. The bone-shaped, waterproof monitor clips to your dog’s collar and measures your pet’s activity levels, calorie expenditures and sleep cycles throughout the day. It also tracks when your dog barks and sets up playtime goals so your dog achieves opportune activity levels. The information syncs with your phone app to give you daily updates on how your furry best friend is doing.
- Syncs with all smartphones so you can easily pass along the info to your vet
- Battery lasts up to 14 days
- Light and durable – weighs only 8 grams
- Fits all breeds
- Stores up to 28 days of data
Purchase FitBark here.
Who said facetiming was only for humans? PetChatz is a two-way video camera designed for easy communication between you and your pet. The smart unit includes an LCD screen and full-frequency speaker so your pet can see and hear you whenever you’re connected. You can record these interactions and share them. Perhaps its coolest feature is the ability to dispense treats and aromatic scents to comfort your pet when you’re away.
- Chew-resistant unit
- Option to add on PawCall® accessory, a button that lets your pet call you
- Sends notifications whenever there’s noise and movement
- Uses unique ringtones so your pet knows when you’re calling
Purchase PetChatz here.
Ever forget if you fed your pet this morning? Luckily, there’s a smart device that remembers for you. Petnet’s SmartFeeder is an automatic pet feeder that lets you control your cat or dog’s meal time and portion size. With a click of a button, the SmartFeeder dispenses your pet’s food and alerts you when your pet’s been fed. You can also set up specific meal times so the device automatically dispenses food according to your set schedule. The SmartFeeder even tracks food amounts, ordering more when you’re low and delivering it to your doorstep.
- Two-year limited warranty
- Chew resistant USB cable
- Hopper stores 5-7lbs of food
- Wireless device that uses a built-in rechargeable battery
Purchase the Petnet SmartFeeder here.
Many of us leave our dogs at home when we go off to work, pick up the kids or run errands. With this new device, your canine can have something to do while you’re gone. CleverPet is a gaming console that keeps dogs entertained by mentally stimulating them with games. Each time they complete a game or task, they earn a treat. The device is also a way to teach your pet different commands. For instance, when you say a command, the dog must perform the task by touching the console’s touchpad.
- Holds up to 2.5 cups of kibble
- Potential to support usage by more than one dog
- Uses lights and customizable sounds
- Records your voice to train your pet based on commands
- Sends live updates to your phone
Purchase CleverPet here.
Over 33 percent of pets will get lost at some point during their lifetime. You can significantly reduce the possibility of losing your pet with a GPS tracker. Whistle is a location-tracking, on-collar monitor that lets you pinpoint your pet’s location instantly. You can set up Whistle zones, designated areas where your pets are allowed, and receive alerts when they wander outside of these areas. This GPS tracker also functions as a fitness monitor, giving you info on your pet’s activity, health status and sleep patterns.
- Waterproof device
- GPS coverage across the U.S.
- Attaches to collars and harnesses up to 1 inch wide
- Get text and email alerts when pet leaves Whistle zones
- Medication and food reminders
Purchase Whistle here.
Keep your cats and dogs busy and active when you’re not home. Playdate is a remote-controlled ball that you manage from your smartphone app. It lets you move the ball wherever you want, just as if you were playing fetch with your pet. The smart ball has a built-in camera and microphone so you can see and hear your pets whenever you’re connected. Encourage your pets to get up and play when you use the speaker to grab their attention.
- Camera remains stable during rotations so you can keep an eye on your pet
- Shatterproof shell
- HD videos can be recorded
- Camera allows you to take photos
The device is still in its funding stage on Indiegogo, but you can Place your preorder for Playdate here.