Ever stop in the middle of the work day and wonder how your cat or dog is doing at home? We can relate. Sometimes it’s hard to leave our pets at home while we’re out doing human things – like going to work. Thankfully, there are great smart home pet products that make it easy for you to interact with your pets and keep them safe, no matter how far away you are. This list of the best smart home pet products will help you keep your pets safe, clean, and healthy.
Best Smart Pet Cameras
PetChatz HD (Starts at $329.99)
PetChatz claims to be a “digital daycare” for your pet. It’s a great product for pet parents who love to interact with their dogs or cats when they’re away. PetChatz comes with two-way audio and HD video camera, motion and sound detection, and a treat dispensing feature.
The two-way video doesn’t only let you see your pets, they can also see your face when you make contact. Your pet can even call you by stepping on the PawCall button, which also has a game feature to let you play with your pet when you’re away.
Apart from letting you see your beloved pets and giving them treats while you’re away, PetChatz come with aromatherapy, video recording, and entertainment for your dogs as well. The aromatherapy is a lovely addition because it can help pets cope with separation anxiety.
PetChatz will only dispense treats made by the company, but, apparently, they have high-quality, grain-free treats.
Furbo Dog Camera (Starts at $199)
Furbo is a much cheaper alternative to PetChatz, but it’s still an efficient smart home pet product for monitoring your dogs when you’re not at home. It has full HD night vision for low-light conditions. And, if you just can’t contain your emotions whenever your dog looks at the camera, you can toss him or her a treat to show your love.
Furbo is especially popular among veterinarians and dog trainers due to its 2-way audio barking alert. Whenever your dog barks, you get a push notification on your phone. You can then check the Furbo app to see whether your dog needs you, or if there is an intruder in your home.
According to the Furbo, their Smart Dog Technology has saved more than 500 dogs from fires, gas leaks, and intruders.
Petcube (Starts at $199)
Made by pet people, for pet people, Petcube was one of Kickstarter’s most successful crowdfunding products in 2013. Petcube comes with 1080p (full HD) video with night vision and a 138-degree wide-angle view. It also comes with two-way audio so you can hear your pets bark or meow back at you when you “call” them.
Petcube is also a great device for keeping your pet and home safe, as it comes with sound and motion alerts. But the best thing about Petcube is its laser toy feature. With the help of the app, you can utilize Petcube’s built-in laser to entertain your dog or cat. The laser is pet-safe and can be set to auto-mode.
Petcube is compatible with Alexa devices, so you can ask Alexa to start a game of laser chase with your pet to keep them busy for a minute.
Best Smart Pet Collars
Whistle Go (Starts at $99.95 + monthly subscription)
Got an outdoor-indoor pet? Got a dog who loves to go hiking with you in the woods? Keep your cool when they’re off on adventures by getting them a Whistle Go tracker. This pet tracker can be attached to a collar and comes in a variety of cute colors. It will notify you when your pet leaves a designated safe zone. You can then see your pet’s location anywhere that AT&T 3G cellular service is available.
But the Whistle tracker doesn’t just give you information about your dog’s location, it also helps you keep track of your pet’s health too. It gives you information on your pet’s daily activities and how his health measures up compared to other dogs of the same breed, weight, and age.
Findster Duo+ (Starts at $149.99)
Another pet tracker that you should consider getting for your indoor-outdoor pet is the Finster Duo+. Unlike the Whistle, this tracker doesn’t require a monthly subscription and is not dependent on cellular service. In other words, you can find your dog no matter where they end up.
Findster Duo+ makes walks safe. It allows you to track your pet using the paired app and module for up to half a mile in urban areas, and up to 3 miles in open outdoor spaces. Using the app, you can set a designated safe zone around your house. If your pet goes beyond that area, you will receive a notification on your smartphone.
Findster Duo+ is waterproof and allows you to monitor more than one pet without extra fees.
Best Smart Litter Box
Litter-Robot 3 Connect (Starts at $499)
Cleaning the litter box is probably a cat owner’s least favorite part of owning a cat. Thankfully, there are products like the Litter-Robot 3 Connect that can make this task a little less daunting. The Litter-Robot 3 Connect is a Wi-Fi enabled, self-cleaning litter box.
The “self-cleaning” part alone is enough to convince us to put it on this list, but it’s the machine’s accompanying app that takes it to the next level. It helps you monitor your cats’ bathroom habits. It comes with information on waste drawer level and recent usage history. The app also allows you to manage the settings of the device.
Litter-Robot 3 Connect comes with an automatic night light, a control panel lockout for curious paws, and an adjustable cycle timer. It can be used by multiple cats.
Best Smart Pet Feeders
Surefeed Microchip Pet Feeder (Starts at $149.99)
If you have multiple pets, feeding time can be quite a pain. This is especially true if one of your pets has a special diet. To prevent food theft, a Surefeed Microchip Pet Feeder only opens only for the pet that has a microchip ID that it recognizes. This way, your dog or cat who needs to be on a diet doesn’t over-eat. It can hold up to 13.5 fl. oz of either wet or dry food. It also comes with a neoprene lip to retain moisture and keep food fresh.
PetSafe Smart Feed (Starts at $184.99)
For pet parents who worry about their dogs or cats going hungry while home alone, a WiFi-enabled pet feeder is highly recommended. The PetSafe Smart Feed, for instance, is a wonderful device that comes with an iOS and Android app. Using the app, you can dispense meals any time you want, wherever you may be.
PetSafe Smart Feed lets you schedule meals times for your pets easily. It comes with customizable meal features, too. You can even choose a Slow Feed option, which can be especially helpful for dogs who like to wolf down their kibble.
PETKIT Automatic Pet Feeder (Starts at $159.99)
Another great WiFi-enabled pet feeder option is PETKIT. This smart feeder is compatible with your Amazon Echo, and it allows you to dispense food no matter where you are. You simply ask Alexa to tell PETKIT to feed your pet, and you’re good to go.
PETKIT Automatic Pet Feed keeps food fresh with a double-lock design. It comes with a 6-lb storage capacity, but it can dispense small food portions as well. It comes in two colors and has a sleek design.
With the rise of smart home pet products, it’s a great time to be a dog or cat parent. Even if you’re busy at work, you will still be able to see and feed your fur-kids. Additionally, some of these smart pet tech can also keep your pets safe and healthy, too.
Go ahead and get your family one (or two) of these smart home pet devices just in time for National Dog Day. Of course, if you have cats, you don’t need a holiday as a reason to get them these gifts. After all, every day is International Cat Day, right?
If you want a way to let your dog walker inside your house safely, make sure to check out our previous article on the best smart locks.