Anyone who has ever lived with a cat knows that you don’t own them—they own you. We love our felines. They’re affectionate but independent. Best of all for busy owners, they’re fairly low maintenance. But what if you could make pet care even easier?
There are approximately 36 million households with cats in the United States, which shows how much we love our furry feline friends as a society. In today’s high-tech world, where there’s a gadget for everything, it isn’t surprising that there are numerous home gadgets that help your cat live in luxury and make your life easier in the process.
We’ve already covered the options for dogs, so let’s check out what’s on the market for our feline friends.
Catit Senses understands that cats are natural hunters. Their toy offers light, motion, and stimulation to your furry best friend. One of the great things about this toy is that you can move the circuits around so that your cat doesn’t get bored with the toy. You can even invest in a light-up ball for the toy to further stimulate your cat.
Even a single cat leaves behind hair and dander that can make your home seem dirty and trigger allergies. Between the furniture, rugs, and flooring, getting rid of cat hair can feel like an insurmountable task.
In between cleaning, consider investing in this bObsweep PetHair Plus automatic vacuum. Bob runs on the schedule you set, sweeping your floors when you don’t have time to and keeping pet hair and debris at a minimum. Plus, he’ll probably be a fun toy for your cat to chase around.
Petcube Play features an interactive camera that allows you to interact with your cat and play games at the same time. Talk to your cat via two-way audio and use your smartphone to trigger a laser game. The Petcube also offers a video history. If you get worried about your pet, you can track their actions back throughout the day and make sure they’re okay while you’re away.
Changing your cat’s litter just got a whole lot easier. The Litter Robot is a self-cleaning litter box. As soon as your cat uses the box, it sifts the litter and places the waste in a compartment you empty only occasionally. This self-cleaning litter box even goes a few steps further than the first automatic litter boxes on the market. You can monitor the box from your phone and track your pet’s habits. You’ll even get a notification on your phone when it’s time to empty the waste drawer.
 Petnet SmartBowl
The Petnet SmartBowl comes with a built-in scale that helps you measure your pet’s food and make sure they’re eating a healthy amount. The Petnet app integrates with the bowl and allows you to keep up on your cat’s eating habits and make sure they’re eating but not overeating. The app also sends reminders when it’s time to feed your pet. This gadget packs a powerful punch when it comes to helping with your pet’s eating habits.
These tools are just a few of the high-tech gadgets available for cat owners. Also on the market are litter boxes that hook into your sewage system and clean themselves as well as additional toys and feeders for entertainment and convenience. If you can only afford one or two gadgets, start with the ones that encourage healthy eating and interactive play, then move up to the ones that make your typical pet ownership chores easier.
Holly Welles is a home improvement writer helping others figure out homeownership and optimize their living spaces. She’s also the blogger behind The Estate Update (http://www.theestateupdate.com) and can be followed on Twitter at the link below.