By Ron Aiken
Humans aren’t the only ones who can enjoy the latest in technology. Check out these gadgets designed to make your pet cuter, your house cleaner and your life easier.
Dogs and cats need plenty of water, especially during these coming summer days. The PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain keeps water in constant supply, with a free-falling waterfall to entice pets to drink more. $60.
FENCE THEM IN
We love our animals, but sometimes they go where we don’t want them to. For the wandering souls in your home kennel, PetSafe’s Stay+Play Wireless Fence and Receiver Collar offer a portable containment system with a large radius and a tone-only correction option. $300.
Nail care helps prevent dogs from scratching furniture, doors and the occasional face when the frolicking accidentally gets real. The lightweight Wahl Professional Animal Ultimate Nail Grinder Kit lets you give your pet a professional-grade trim at a not-so-professional price. The 11-piece kit includes sanding bands with varied sizes and coarseness. $57.
If you’re grooming your dog, you’re probably making a mess while getting the pooch perfect. Small, light and touchless, the EyeVac Professional is an electric dustpan with infrared sensors to help detect and clean up that pet hair, dirt and debris. $129.
Ever wanted to be like those people on TV who sculpt their dog’s hair into crazy themes for a contest? You could give it a try with the Andis AGC Super 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper with blade. This tool runs cool and quiet and works with all coats and breeds. $165.
VIDEO, VOICE & VITTLES
Want to know when your pets are getting into the garbage or scratching the furniture? Keep a virtual eye on them with the Petcube interactive Wi-Fi pet monitor. A wide-angle camera keeps watch and sends images to your smartphone. The two-way audio lets you talk to them, and you can even play a remote game of laser tag. $199.
HIS MASTER’S VIRTUAL VOICE
And you thought you’d seen it all. With PetChatz HD treat dispenser and videophone, the touch of your pet’s paw can trigger a treat and a phone call to you, so you can have some face time and a chat! $380.
Ron Aiken is a freelance writer from Columbia, South Carolina. His monthly column also appears in South Carolina Living, the statewide electric co-op magazine of the Palmetto State. Product inclusion on this page does not imply endorsement; product availability and prices are subject to change.