Gadgets that make pet owners’ lives easier

Tools that make it easier to track them, feed them, and clean up after them.

dog hiding behind blanket
Keep your best friend happy.Alexander Puffer via Unsplash

Having a pet can often feel like having a small child — they depend on us and need constant attention. If you live a busy life (and who doesn’t?), you might find it a little difficult to give your dogs or cats everything they need. Luckily these five gadgets allow you to live your active life and still provide for your pets in the best way.

Whistle Go Health and Location Tracker

Whistle Go Health and Location Tracker
For the health-conscious pet parent.Amazon

Being away from your dog during the workday can be stressful, especially if your pup likes to make a run for it. With the Whistle Go Health & Location Tracker, you get a notification every time your pet leaves your designated safe zone. Whistle Go’s little box attaches to your dog’s collar and the connected app allows you to constantly monitor your pet’s whereabouts via live tracking. If you often get that gut-feeling that something is wrong with your pet at home, simply check in on them with the Whistle Go app. You can even monitor your dog’s behavior such as running, playing, and scratching.

Loc8tor Pet Tracker

Loc8tor Pet Tracker
For feline escape artists.Amazon

Many kitties are impressive escape artists, but with the Loc8tor Tracking Cat Collar, you can know exactly where your feline friend ends up. The lightweight tag is perfect for small animals like cats and won’t weigh them down. You can easily attach the tag to any collar. When your indoor cat slips past you while your arms are full of groceries, simply turn the tracking on and the collar sends a beeping signal to your tracking device, so locating your furry friend is easy.

Petchatz HD & Pawcall

Petchatz HD and Pawcall
For pets and people with separation anxiety.Amazon

If you or your pet get separation anxiety, Petchatz HD & Pawcall will ease your suffering. This device features two-way video chat, interactive games, and a treat dispenser. Petchatz easily attaches to your wall and not only allows you to call your dog during the day, but also allows your dog to call you with the touch of a button. Dispense treats with the app and schedule dog-friendly aromatherapy to keep your pet calm while you’re away. This device makes it easy to stay connected to your pet, and though they might be perfectly fine on their own, being able to live stream their whereabouts and even see them respond to your voice can make a world of difference for both anxious pups and anxious people.

Litter Genie

Litter Genie
For anyone with a litter box.Amazon

From the makers of the Diaper Genie comes this genius must-have for cat owners. Scooping the litter box is a necessary evil when you own a cat, but with the Litter Genie, you’re able to better control the smell. Simply scoop the waste into the container and the handle seals the smell inside the plastic lining. When the container is full, simply cut the bag, give it a tie and put into your trash. The bags have powerful odor-blocking technology and since the Litter Genie XL holds up to three weeks of litter box scoops, it’s perfect for a multi-cat home. Its slim, upright design also fits perfectly next to your cat’s litter box.

Orita Smart Feeder

Orita Smart Feeder
No more racing home to feed the pet.Amazon

“Alexa, feed Fido half a cup of dog kibble.” With Orita’s Smartfeeder your dog or cat’s feeding time just got easier. Simply tell the Alexa-compatible feeder how much to feed your pet and it complies. This is also perfect for late nights at the office or vacations when you need a hand feeding your furry friends. Schedule your pet’s feeding times using the app, or manually feed them with just a touch of a button. The Orita Smartfeeder also has video and audio technology, allowing you to watch your pet during dinner time and even call them to the dish so they know it’s time to eat.