Connected Objects for Pets: Are they Useful or Not?

Connected Objects for Pets: Are they Useful or Not?
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Now that our lives are connected to as many objects as we could possibly require, it appears that manufacturers are eyeing our pets as a new market opportunity. As more and more connected objects for pets products enter the market, collars, bowls, and litterboxes are now available as connected pet products proliferate. Should we consider them to be gizmos, or are they truly useful? Let’s take a closer look at a few intriguing ones aimed at cats.

Connected Objects for Cats

Do you have a sluggish cat? Consider providing him with a connected ball thrower so he can exercise while you store data on it. Or you can opt for a mouse or a laser-equipped camera… There are now interconnected toys that will keep your feline companion jumping around.

However, it is not only about the game. Some of these items do, in fact, make the owner’s life easier. If your cat does not already have a chip implanted, you will need to have one implanted. Nowadays, it is frequently placed on their first visit to the veterinarian in the event that they become lost. It should cost between 50 and 100 euros, after which you will be able to attach your pet to a vast array of objects.

Useful Ones

Cat Flaps

You have a cat flap installed on your door. Now, the issue is that other cats enter your home and consume your pet’s food. Or perhaps you want him to have access to the exterior of the home only during certain hours. This is now possible with the introduction of a connected cat flap.

When a cat presents itself at your door and attempts to enter, the flap will not open unless it is your cat. The object will recognize the chip in your pet’s collar and will allow him to enter while keeping others out. And since you can electronically control it, it’s up to you to determine whether or not the flap will open in front of Félix during certain hours!


If you have multiple cats and some of them don’t get to eat their full portion because their friends steal it before they can, a connected bowl may be a good solution. The bowl is actually closed and will only open upon recognizing the cat to which it is attached. If the chip is recognized when the cat approaches the container, the bowl will open and the cat will be able to eat.

Additionally, it is beneficial for cats that need to lose weight. Through an application on your smartphone, you can monitor how much food your pet has consumed and prevent him from eating more by remotely blocking the bowl’s opening.

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