Top gadgets for pets

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

 

Today marks the launch of YummyPets, the UK’s first social “petwork”, a social media site for pet lovers with features such as classified pet ads, missing pet notices and pet shopping.

It’s surprising that the site has taken so long to launch in the UK (the French version has 150,000 members) given that Britain is known for being a nation of animal lovers, not to mention the popularity of online animal hits such as “Fenton the dog”. 

While you’re pondering your memberships, here’s a selection of gadgets geared to pets.

Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell

£27.64, www.pebblesmart.com

If your dog is not a consistent barker, be grateful. But if this means the only way you discover that they needed to go out to the loo is that moment you see a puddle by the door, this could be the answer. It’s a snout-operated bell. The bell is connected wirelessly so can be where you are even if the door is some distance away. There are lengthy instructions so you can help Fido learn how to use it (cleverly, there’s a slot that holds a biscuit to aid with the learning process).

Doggy Bag

From £20 to £79, www.cuckooland.com

The Doggy Bag is just a towel but it’s splendidly designed and made from material that is super-absorbent of water, sand and mud. Persuade your pup to sit down on the towel and zip it up so it’s around their neck and let the marvel of microfibres do the rest. It comes in five different sizes, each handily describing which breeds it will fit. It’s machine washable so you can make sure it’s ready for next time.

PetSafe Deluxe Remote Spray Trainer

£127.78, www.petsafe.net

Don’t worry, there are no electric shocks in this remote controlled collar. If your dog isn’t behaving quite as it should by barking or running off when it shouldn’t, say, a press on the remote releases a burst of compressed air from the collar at the dog’s nose. Be warned, this may not suit every dog – my puppy darted away when the spray shot out at her and was inconsolable, but responded very positively when it was on the lower, sound-only, level.

FroliCat Bolt

£19.99, www.firebox.com

Some dogs or cats need constant entertainment to keep them occupied. This gadget projects laser patterns randomly around the room to fascinate the most hard-to-impress animals. It’ll do this for 15 minutes and then turn off automatically. A manual mode lets you create your own patterns or adjust the range of the projections. It’s battery-powered.

Loc8tor Plus Pet Tracker

£99.99, www.loc8tor.com

If your pet wanders off, an alarm sounds to let you know. A tag is attached to the pet’s collar and the main unit shows which direction to head to collect the pet. It has a 600ft, 183m range and has tags for four pets. Simple, effective and potentially extremely handy.

PetSafe Drinkwell Mini Pet Fountain

£34.49, www.petsafe.net

Fresh water is important, so invest in a fountain like this one so your cat or dog has clean, odour-free water available at al times. The fountain has a free-falling stream that stays fresh thanks to a charcoal filter. It’s nearly silent and works on a low-voltage system.

Suggested Topics
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Gadgets & Tech

    Recruitment Genius: IT Installation / Commissioning Engineer - North West

    £22000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An IT Installation / Commission...

    Recruitment Genius: Senior .Net Programmer

    £25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Bridgend based software de...

    Recruitment Genius: Digital Designer

    £25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This digital production agency ...

    SThree: Graduate Recruitment Resourcer

    £20000 - £22500 per annum + OTE £30K: SThree: SThree Group have been well esta...

    Day In a Page

    Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

    Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

    How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
    Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

    Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

    Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
    Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

    Aviation history is littered with grand failures

    But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
    Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

    Fortress Europe?

    Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
    Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

    Never mind what you're wearing

    It's what you're reclining on that matters
    General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

    Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

    The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
    Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

    Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

    Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
    Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

    Marginal Streets project documents voters

    Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
    Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

    The real-life kingdom of Westeros

    Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
    How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

    How to survive a Twitter mauling

    Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
    Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

    At dawn, the young remember the young

    A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

    Follow the money as never before

    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
    Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

    Samuel West interview

    The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
    General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence