The 10 Best pet gadgets
From drinking bowls to collar-attached cameras and useful apps, we look at the best ways to care for your dog and cat
Wednesday 25 September 2013
Don't end up with a parched pooch and nothing for it to drink from. This lightweight, fold-up drinking bowl is a perfect portable solution for owners who like to take their pets camping or on long days out.
With detailed videos and diagrams, this is a fantastic app for anyone who wants to be prepared for a pet health emergency. Loaded with step-by-step illustrations, the app includes advice and guidance for dealing with everything from drowning to poisoning.
£2.49, iOS, Android
Brace yourself for a pet's-eye view of the world with this tiny 4GB camera that weighs just 35g and can fit on most pet collars. Expect to see anything from close-ups of dead birds, scary alley cats and potentially an inside look at all your neighbours' houses.
Turn your dog into a film-maker with this comfortable mount designed to work with Sony's action cams. The AKA-DM1 dog mount fits medium to large dogs and is the perfect way to get point-of-view shots of your pooch's pastimes.
£28 (camera £259), sony.com
A clever toy that rewards dogs as they play while keeping them distracted from chewing your new shoes or furniture. Simply fill with treats and they will drop out of a small hole on the side one at a time.
If you're worried about your dog getting out of shape (perhaps you need a few extra walks, too), then this is a gadget to inspire a new exercise regime. Attach FitBark to your pet and, with a combined app, it will track its fitness level, and give it a "BarkScore" to work on.
For dog walkers who are always looking for an excuse to visit the pub, this is the app for you. It lists and maps pubs, restaurants and cafés that are dog-friendly. With 2,000 locations, the app is still building up its profile, but it's free to download, which makes it inviting to pet owners looking to add their own list of favourite places.
Keep cat burglars (the furry sort) away from your pet's territory with a catflap that will only let your puss through, provided it has been microchipped. Although there are plenty of catflaps on the market that work with a collar fob, The Petporte means that even if Mittens loses her collar, she can still get home.
With dark winter evenings drawing close, the Leuchtie Light Collar is the ideal way to spot your dog during late- night walkies. Of course, the waterproof LED collar also makes them far more visible for cars and (though this is completely unconfirmed) it may also help ease canine seasonal affective disorder.
Keep track of your pets with this tracker that should mean you'll never lose your furry friends again. The PawTrax combines GPS with mobile technology to send updates of your pet's whereabouts to your phone in the form of an SMS. Simply click on the link in the text to pinpoint your pet on Google maps.
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