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High-tech pet parenting

When we think of pet care, technology may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, in today’s rapidly evolving electronic world, tech is playing an increasingly significant role in the way we interact with our furry friends. 

Here are some of the many innovative products for on-the-go pet owners:

Feeding
LeBistro® automatic cat food dispenser. Ideal for the busy cat owner, LeBistro® lets you pre-program the device to dispense as many as three different sized meals in a 24-hour period. Serving sizes are adjustable—from a quarter cup to two cups—and the food reservoir holds up to 5 pounds of kibble. The device is battery operated and is great for cats or small dogs.

Training
Bluefang® Bluetooth dog training collar. Imagine a dog-training collar you control from an app on your smartphone. The collar is useful for training, bark-control, fitness and agility training, and containment. The collar operates at a range of up to 400 feet from your phone. Future advancements will help users pace their exercise routine right along with their dog’s natural abilities.

Playtime
iFetch® interactive ball launcher. Need a toy that will keep your pup amused when you don’t have time to play? iFetch is an interactive launcher capable of tossing mini tennis balls distance of 10, 20, or 30 feet. Your pup just returns the ball drops it in the iFetch funnel, and it’s ready to re-launch. It runs on AC power or batteries and is great for indoor and outdoor playtime!

Clean-up 
Cat Genie® self-cleaning litter box. Tired of changing smelly cat litter the traditional way? Cat Genie uses a self-cleaning system can be set manually to run up to four times a day or can be triggered whenever your cat uses the pan. The litter is washable, dust-free, and septic-safe. Solid wastes are scooped and liquefied, while liquid wastes are filtered through the litter. The litter-washing system hooks right into your cold-water line and drains into your toilet or waste-water line.

Mobile Apps
Figo Pet Cloud. The Figo Pet Cloud allows you to keep the whole life of their pet in one place. You can upload and store your pet’s health records, set reminders for upcoming shots and vet appointments, and submit claims with the snap of a photo. It also helps you find local pet-friendly businesses, track your pet’s GPS locator, and post a social pet profile. The Figo Pet Cloud is only available to Figo customers, but it will be available for free to everyone sometime in 2017. It is available on iOS and Android.

Editor’s Note: From exercise to nutritional info, here are 10 handy pet mobile apps for pet parents.

Remote Monitoring
Eyenimal Pet Vision Live®. When the cat’s away the mouse will lay--but what about when you’re away? Eyenimal® lets you keep an eye on your pets even when you’re away from home. Audio lets you listen and talk to your pet, and the infrared night vision feature even lets users know what their animals are up to in the dark. The interactive system allows virtually unlimited monitoring of your pet and its environment. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, Smartphone, PC via 3G/4G/4G and WIFI.

From the practical to the whimsical, high-tech pet products are popping up all over the web. We hope these hi-tech solutions will help you meet your pet care challenges!


Cecily Kellogg is a pet lover who definitely has crazy cat lady leanings. Her pets are all shelter rescues, including the dog, who is scared of the cats. She spent eight years working as a Veterinary Technician before becoming a writer. Today she writes all over the web, including here at Figo.

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