Tech tools make life easier for pet owners

  • By Michael J. Solender The Charlotte Observer
  • Friday, January 18, 2013 8:37pm
  • Life

Cute and cuddly they may be, but even the most beloved pet can have behavior problems and needs that its owner struggles to deal with.

Technology might be the answer for keeping your four-legged pals safe, comfortable and well-behaved.

Consider these products for helping canines and felines become better family members.

Collars

Today’s collars do much more than hold dog tags or fight fleas.

The Canicom remote training collar by Dogtek allows dog owners to combine vocal commands with electronic beeps and impulses. Corrective commands can be given even if the dog is a distance away. Retails for $189. Special bark control collars also available; www.dogtek.com/products/remote-training/canicom-200-remote-training-collar.

Get a peek at your small one’s adventures with a camera developed especially for use on cats and dogs. Made by Dogtek and retailing for $99, the Eyenimal Pet Video Camera offers continuous recording of digital images for up to 2 1/2 hours. Images can be transmitted to a computer using the cable provided. www.dogtek.com/products/pet-camera.

Grooming, feeding

Automated pet feeders can be great for convenience, portion control and feeding a pet during a long absence.

Perfect Petfeeder by Pillar Pet Products is a programmable unit that asks questions about feeding times and portions. The hopper holds up to 42 cups of dry pet food. Retail price is $499. www.perfectpetfeeder.com.

Shedding can be an annoyance for pet owners. Dyson Groom Tool combines a brush and a vacuum for simultaneous grooming and cleaning. The attachment fits most Dyson upright and canister models and retails for $69.99. www.dyson.com/tools/g/groom-tool/petgroomtool.aspx.

FURminator makes a $16 Curry Comb that removes dust and loose hair from long and medium coats. It has an ergonomic handle, and it’s made from antimicrobial plastic to keep germs at a minimum.

The rubber teeth are designed to stimulate natural oil production for a healthy sheen. www.furminator.com/grooming-tools/dogs/curry-comb.

Automatic litter box

Among the innovative products in the self-cleaning litter box category is CatGenie, made by PetNovations.

The self-cleaning, self-flushing litter box hooks up to the cold water intake at a sink, toilet or washing machine. The drain hose hooks over a toilet rim or to the drainpipe behind a washing machine.

The process is intended to be a straightforward, do-it-yourself setup. CatGenie uses washable granular crystals that are considered more environmentally beneficial than cat litter. A litter box and four-month supply of crystals/sanitary solution retails for $234. www.catgenie.com.

Pet barriers

Keep cats and dogs out of restricted areas and off the furniture with Sound Barrier, a wireless indoor sonic fence that uses a collar to trigger a blast of noise, rather than an electric shock, to scare pets away. Retails for $79.99. www.hitecpet.com/soundbarrier.html.

Pet tidbits

An estimated 57 percent of American households own a dog or cat, according to Petfinders.com, an online resource for pet adoptions.

Animals learn at different paces. Be patient and supportive of your pets as they adjust to their new “toys.”

Take time to study the training tips and instructions that come with high-tech devices for pets.

Larger outlets such as Petco and and PetSmart are where many owners shop for their pets, but many smaller pet shops and animal hospitals also sell automated pet products.

More in Life

Using a rod to assist in running wiring through an attic space, Don Thomas, of R&D Handyman Service, works on installing a ceiling fan at a home in SE Everett on Monday, July 24, 2017 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
                                Don Thomas of R&D Handyman Service installs a ceiling fan at a home in southeast Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
When fall chores loom, just hand them to the handyman

Here are three local businesses that can help you prepare your home for the rainy season.

And this year’s winners of Everett’s Monte Cristo Awards are…

The awards recognize local homeowners and businesses that take special care of their properties.

‘Happy Death Day’ applies ‘Groundhog Day’ premise on horror genre

Smart writing and Jessica Rothe’s performance make this worth seeing.

Adventurer 1st to finish Race to Alaska on stand-up paddleboard

Karl Kruger will speak about his trip at the Everett Mountaineers Banquet on Nov. 4 in Lynnwood.

Therapy helped ease debilitating pain after injury

Columnist Jennifer Bardsley shares her experiences with complex regional pain syndrome.

How to prune a hydrangea: An exception to the pruning rule

It helps to think of a growing blackberry vine when you’re about to cut back this blooming shrub.

Visiting Germany’s Lutherland, birthplace of Reformation

The sights include the church where the first Protestant service took place in 1521.

Can you top ‘Hamilton’? Author Ron Chernow is about to find out

The notable writer’s latest book, published Oct. 10, is a lengthy biography on Ulysses S. Grant.

Most Read