5 great — but ridiculous — gadgets for pets
Lets face it — many of us have a tendency to go a little overboard when it comes to our pets, purchasing everything from clothes and collars, to treats and Thundershirts (which, apparently, are pretty effective). All that money spent on pets can really add up, and we aren’t even mentioning the gadgets.
There are plenty of gadgets out there for pets that are totally worth investing in, and then there are a few that seem a little ridiculous. That doesn’t mean they’re not useful, though. We’ve gone ahead and compiled a quick list of five great — but ridiculous — pet gadgets that might be worth your hard-earned cash.
Keep ’em busy
Playing with your pets can be a great experience, but animals often have more energy than owners have free time. That’s probably why there seem to be lots of gadgets that automate playing with your pets. Animals seem to love chasing laser pointers around, and The Sharper Image offers Pet’s Laser Chase toys — one that fires a single beam for $40, and one that projects two lasers for $50. You’ll also get 8 percent Cash Back when you purchase through ShopAtHome.com.
For dogs, you can take yourself out of the endless loop that is a game of fetch with the help of a tennis ball cannon: for example, the Hyperdog Four Ball Launcher. It’s available for $25 from Bass Pro Shops, where you can also get 4.5 percent Cash Back. And finally, if you need to help your pets stay active but lack the space to go firing high-speed tennis balls around, consider a PetZen DogTread pet treadmill. They come in a variety of sizes (the smallest comes in at about $490) at Petco, but that blow is softened by 8 percent Cash Back.
Practical and … less practical
While there are lots of gadgets to help keep pets busy, they’re not the only bits of handy pet tech available. One extremely useful item: a Litter Robot, available with for $108 with 2 percent Cash Back from Smarthome. The robot cleans your cat’s litter box by sensing when the box is being used, waiting about seven minutes, and then rotating a drum that strains clumps from sand and doing all the nasty cleaning for you. Skipping scooping is probably worth more than a hundred bucks, really.
Falling in the less-practical category is the Pet Digital Video Camcorder, which goes for $41 at DX.com. You can attach the camera to your pet’s collar, just in case you want to find out definitively who’s getting into the garbage or whether your animals are plotting against you when you’re out of the house.