With the 2013 holiday season behind us, many households in America may very well be adjusting to a new family member, such as a new puppy or a kitten. Now that the initial joy and surprise has worn off a bit, it's time to start thinking about ways to make sure the new addition to your household is kept happy, healthy, and safe. Perhaps unsurprisingly, technology has provided a number of attractive options for safeguarding the well-being of your pet. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Keep an Eye on Things
It goes without saying that many of us have to leave our pets unattended from time to time, particularly if our line of work takes us out of town frequently. To help alleviate some of the stress from even short trips away from home, you might consider looking into a home monitoring system.
In addition to being a great all-around security solution for your home, these systems can also allow you to look in on your pets to make sure they're safe while you're gone.
Provide Fitness Feedback
There are quite a few fitness trackers available for humans, but did you know there are canine versions as well? If you need a little motivation to get outside and take your dog for a walk, Whistle might be something worth looking into.
Devices like the Nike Fuelband and Fitbit, designed for humans, are worn on the wrist and are able to track your movements and fitness goals throughout the day. Similarly, Whistle simply attaches to your dog's collar and provides valuable information about your dog's physical activity and even their sleep patterns.
Track Your Pet's Movement
Microchips for pets have been widely available for some time. In case you're not familiar with the technology, microchips are tiny computers that are injected into the upper layers of your pet's skin, allowing you to track their whereabouts.
It's a great solution if you want to give your pet free reign over the yard, but you're concerned about them wandering off. Thankfully, there are newer devices that don't require any surgery at all to implement. A great example is the Tagg pet tracker, which can be worn like a collar and provides GPS location tracking for the pet with a case of wanderlust.
Take the Guesswork Out of Feeding
There are quite a few responsibilities associated with pet ownership, but few are as important as properly feeding them. If you're worried that your feeding habits (or your pet's eating habits) aren't what they should be, you might think about adding an automatic feeder into the equation.
These devices, such as the one offered by Petnet, provide perfectly portioned meals according to your pet's dietary requirements. It also comes with a companion app for your smartphone, which can provide feeding reminders no matter where you happen to be, and allows you to adjust your pet's feeding schedule from afar.
Decide When Your Pets Can Leave the House
If you have a dog or a cat in your household that leaves by way of a pet door, you've probably wished on occasion that you could choose when they can use it and when it should be off-limits. Thankfully, technology has provided an appealing solution.
Thanks to electronic pet doors, you can now have control over when your pets are allowed to leave the house. If you have pets of different sizes, you can even decide which ones are allowed out and which are not. It's an elegant solution to a problem that's given pet owners pause for a very long time.