Innovative pet products that look like they’re coming from the future

My family has always loved having animals around me, so in my lifetime I have had dozens of dogs, cats, birds, horses, ducks, and even fish. It’s pretty safe to say that I absolutely love animals.

But in the 90s and early 2000s there weren’t a lot of great pet products, especially when it came to playing or taking care of them. The best you would have had were rubber chew toys and a poo shovel, and that was the scope of technology back then.

Luckily, we’re living in the Roaring Twenties where everything was smartified and there are tons of really cool products to get for our smaller family members. To that end, we’ll take a look at some futuristic pet tech that you and your pet will love, whether it’s toys or pet care.

Robopet

Enabot Interactive Pet Robot

EBO SE New

enabot.com

$ 119.00


While there are arguably quite a few robot pet toys out there, the good thing about the Enabot is that it’s really small – so it can go just about anywhere. If you have cats, rabbits, or any other small creature that likes to crawl under stuff, this little robot will be able to play with them in many different settings. It also has two-way video and audio, so you can actually talk to your little pets (confusing as it might be at first!).

The Enabot is also self-righting, which is great for large pets who could be a bit rough with it. Better yet: it has an automatic mode that allows it to automatically follow your animals everywhere and to return to the charging station when its battery is low.

What I particularly like about the Enabot is that it is not attached to a cloud account, which means there are very few security issues to worry about. All data is saved locally on the Enabot itself, and all feeds are broadcast live, so there is no need to go to the cloud in the first place. I love toys and products that really think about the safety implications because the last thing you want is the anonymous transmission of terrestrial plots directly into your cat’s brain.

“Smart” bone

Wickedbone smart vouchere

Wickedbone smart bone

Wickedbone smart bone

Wickedbone

amazon.com

$ 99.99


The world has come a long way from the old days when you had to get a physical stick or bone to throw. Nowadays we have the Wickedbone, a mechanized smart bone for you to play with your pet.

Once you sync it with the app, it can do all kinds of things: there is an autoplay mode, where the smart bone will roll, spin 360 rounds and even vibrate depending on the your pet’s reaction. It may even run away, giving your furry baby a chance to be active and play. If, on the other hand, you think it’s a little too impersonal, you can always take manual control of the smart bone.

While it generally works best indoors with flat floors, it still works outdoors on difficult terrain, and there are even options in the app to accommodate that. Best of all, smart bone is durable and FDA approved, so it’s safe for your pet. The tips are also removable for easy cleaning and of course their eventual replacement when your little puppies chew on it.

Electric toothbrush

Emmi-pet electric toothbrush for pets with ultrasound

emmi-pet Electric Toothbrush for Pets

emmi-pet Electric Toothbrush for Pets

Emmi-pet

amazon.com

$ 259.99


Dental care is one of the most difficult things to deal with when it comes to pet care. It’s such a big deal that companies have even started making chew toys that have teeth cleaning properties, although they’re not perfect.


The good news is we now have electric pet toothbrushes – with ultrasonic cleaning features. Because why not go all the way?

Now, I could tout the Emmi-fart’s virtues – from running quietly to how it’s generally better at clearing plaque and debris – but the real benefit is time. Since sonic cleaning works well in conjunction with normal mechanical brushing, you will end up spending less time brushing than with a non-electric brush.

Of course, I highly recommend having regular dental checkups and professional cleaning with a vet. But in the meantime, it will help ward off gum and tooth disease.

A dog water bottle that actually works

MalsiPree dog water bottle / lesotc pet water bottle for dogs

MalsiPree Dog Water Bottle

MalsiPree Dog Water Bottle

MalsiPree

amazon.com

$ 19.99


Anyone who’s ever taken their dog on a hike knows that they need to bring loads of gear with them, especially a bowl and water for them to drink. It’s always boring because the bowls take up so much space. Fortunately, this is no longer necessary, as water bottles for dogs are actually a thing.

There are generally two varieties that you are likely to see: on the one hand, you have the Lesotc dog water bottle which creates a more traditional dog bowl for drinking, but also requires some involvement in the form of squeezing the bottle. bottle. . If you think this can be a bit of a pain, then the MalsiPree Dog Water Bottle is a slightly more traditional option where all you need to do is press a release button for the water. The advantage for both? No more wasted water (and therefore wasted backpack space) when you clumsily try to fill a bowl on the mountainside.

Portable dog paw scrubber

MudBuster Dexas Portable Dog Paw Scrubber

Dexas MudBuster Portable Dog Paw Cleaner, Pink (PW720233), Large (Pack of 1)

Dexas MudBuster Portable Dog Paw Cleaner, Pink (PW720233), Large (Pack of 1)

Dexas

amazon.com

$ 10.99


Another thing that you are likely to face when taking your dogs to the park or for a walk is that they get incredibly messy. Of course, they come home with dirty paws and mess all over the place, which is why the dog paw scrubber is a thing.

It’s actually quite simple: fill it with water, insert the tab into it, and twist the bottle. What? Not all smart devices require complicated electronics.

Petcube Camera

Petcube Camera with Interactive Laser Toy

Petcube Smart Pet Camera with Interactive Laser Toy

Petcube Smart Pet Camera with Interactive Laser Toy

Petcube

amazon.com

$ 229.98


While there are many camera-operated toys out there, what sets this one apart is that it comes with a laser toy that you can control. So if you have cats, this is the perfect toy to interact with if you are away from home and start to miss them.

Of course, it has a ton of other great features, such as motion-based capture, HD video, and daily 60-second clips of your pet’s life. The only downside is that a lot of these extra features require a $ 10 subscription, and if you have more than one Petcube, that’s $ 5 more per cube. Whether it’s worth it depends on how much you love your pet and how much you need to know what they’re doing while you’re at work or in the city.

Electronic chip feeder

SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder

SureFeed Microchip Feeder for Small Dogs and Cats, White

SureFeed Microchip Feeder for Small Dogs and Cats, White

SureFeed

chewy.com

$ 172.49


As someone who has had multiple pets at the same time, I know the frustration of feeding when they steal food from each other. This is especially the case if you have a pet that is too shy to be assertive.

This is where SureFeed comes in: a microchip feeder will not only stop your pets from fighting, since they only feed the animal whose microchip activates the feeder, but it will also help you regulate their feeding, by allowing you to customize how much food they get per serving.

The SureFeed is compatible with Avid Secure, FDXA, and FDXB chip numbers, so it should cover most chips.

The smart treat

Odin Treat Puzzle Toy / Pet Zone IQ Treat Ball

Up Dog Toys The Odin Treat Puzzle Toy, Light gray

Up Dog Toys The Odin Treat Puzzle Toy, Light gray

Dog toys

amazon.com

$ 22.95


These two sets of toys are absolutely perfect if you have curious pets who tend to destroy things around the house. Although they are nominally marketed as “puzzle” toys, the puzzle is not really that complex, and mostly it is to make it slightly more difficult for your pet to access the treat at the ready. inside. Adding that little extra activity and something to chew on will (hopefully) keep them from eating your socks and shoes!

Marie R. McCraw