Cats are curious creatures by nature and so their intrigue needs to be ignited as much as possible. This is especially true of indoor cats, who are renowned for being slightly more susceptible to boredom than their outdoor wandering counterparts. Thankfully, technology is here to help. Whether your cat’s feeding or playtime routine needs shaking up a little, we’ve rounded up the best cat technology for your home.
PETZI TREAT CAM
Owners undoubtedly worry about their cats when they’re not at home with them but thankfully Petzi helps ease the guilt and shows your cat that you’re never too far away. The device allows you to keep an eye on your kitty on the companion app. You can check in by viewing what your cat has been up to, speak to them and even dispense a treat. It can be placed or mounted somewhere convenient and thanks to a wide angle camera and night vision, you can easily keep track of their movements.
EASYPLAY BY GOSH
Set to be released later this month, easyPlay really is a revolution in pet technology. If you’re worried that your cat is a little on the lazy side, this robotic toy should keep activity levels sky high. Designed to encourage activity, the robotic remote ball physically interacts with your cat, keeping them engaged, and even rewards them with a built-in treat dispenser. It even keeps track of your cat’s motion so you can make sure he or she is enjoying plenty of playtime in your absence.
If you haven’t yet discovered that cats go crazy for lasers, you’re in for a treat! FroliCat is renowned for its innovative array of cat toys which definitely banish boredom and Bolt is one of our favourites. Hold the interactive laser toy in your hand or place on a flat surface, turn on and watch your feline pounce, chase and bat at the enticing laser patterns across the floor, up the walls and over the furniture. Just beware of fragile ornaments!
SHRU BY PDX PET DESIGN
Shru prides itself on being a companion for your cat, rather than just another toy. It automatically responds to your cat’s play by mimicking a small animal’s erratic movement and sound, is rechargeable by USB, and can be configured to operate in different play modes to ensure your kitty is never bored. If you’re out of the house all day, the Shru cat toy is perfect. Simply turn on, leave and rest assured that your cat will be entertained throughout the day.
If your kitty likes to get out for a while to stretch their legs or pop to the loo, the latest design from SureFlap is perfect. Although cat flaps which read microchips have been around for some time, this one is a bit more savvy. Thanks to the app, you can control the flap from your phone, with notifications sent when your cat leaves and re-enters the house. Plus, you have the ability to remotely control when it opens and closes. So for example, if your cat is out when you leave the house, you can set it so that he or she can come back in but not out again. If you have more than one cat, you can even set exit permissions to keep specific pets indoors. It’s definitely a revolution!
We love this product so much that we’ve teamed up with Sure Pet Care to give one away later this month June, so keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook and Instagram feeds or sign up to be the first to know!
If you’re away for a night or two and want to keep your cat in their home environment, this handy electronic pet feeder from Andrew James will ensure your moggy never misses a meal. You can organise your cat’s meals for up to 4 days, dispensing both wet and dry food with water – there is an in-built ice chamber that allows you to keep food fresher for longer. Time meals according to when they need them and you can even record a message for your pet, thanks to the built-in microphone and speaker so your cat will come running when you call!
We’d love to know what technology you have introduced to your cat. Tell us in the comments below.