Sometimes lazy pet owners need all the extra help they can get, so here are a few things that will simply make perfect gifts.
1. Frolicat Dart Laser Toy
In the old days, all you needed was a ball of wool and a good portion of your time to keep a cat entertained. Not any more.
Felines are nothing if not high-tech, so maybe this gadget that beams off laser light might just be the thing it wants.
The laser light jumps from place to place and comes with four different speeds, keeping your cat occupied while you watch re-runs of Game Of Thrones.
2. Kitty Laptop
Because let’s face it, cats need their own laptop and you don’t want to lend them yours.
Okay, this isn’t really a high-tech gizmo (just a flat-packed cardboard toy) – but it does come with a scratchy keyboard for them to dig their claws into and a handy little mouse on the side – so your cat is kept suitably busy while you spend your time browsing cat videos online.
3. iFetch Automatic Tennis Ball Launcher Dog Toy
Yes, dogs seem to have an endless amount of energy, especially after the end of a long day when you’re absolutely exhausted.
So if you get tired after playing fetch with your pooch, this toy will pick up where you left off.
It automatically launches the ball so your four-legged friend can run to pick it up. Train them to drop the ball back into the gizmo and your dog will be able to amuse itself.
4. PetSafe 5 Meal Pet Feeder
So it’s time to feed your pet, but you’re not around to do it (or just too preoccupied with turning your pet into cute memes on Tumblr).
Panic not, there’s an automatic pet feeder to address your dilemma. The feeder has five compartments for food, with only one accessible to your pet to scoff from at any time.
Just set the easy-to use timer to decide when the next compartment will become available. It also means you don’t have to worry about your pet going hungry while you have that much desired lie-in.
5. WonderWoof Bow Tie
You want to know about your dog’s health or what they are up to when you’re not around – but communication is, to say the least, tricky.
The WonderWoof Bow Tie aims to ease that anxiety by allowing you to track your pooch’s daily activities – like sleeping, walking, playing, jumping and even dreaming.
No matter where you are in the world, WonderWoof will track your pet via its app and forward all the data to your phone. How’s that for peace of mind?
6. Barkshire Self-Warming Pet Crate Mat
Our pets are just as keen on keeping toasty as we are. And that’s why they’ll love this bed.
On the outside it might look like just a snugly bed, but on the inside, hi-tech fabric absorbs the heat coming from the animal and reflects it back, so after just a few minutes of lying on top of it, your pet will be lovely and warm.
And your lap can have a little break.
7. ScoopFree Ultra Automatic Litter Box
Emptying the cat litter tray days are officially over.
ScoopFree Ultra is an automated litter tray that you can leave for up to 30 days without worrying about poop or odour.
The gizmo comes with crystals that will literally do the for the work for you – absorbing moisture, drying out waste and locking in odours.
So when your cat is doing its business, the tray will activate optical sensors and after the deed is done, a rake will sweep through the litter and move it into a waste trap.
8. Paw Plunger
Household chores are dull on the best of days, but your four-legged best friend walking on that freshly-cleaned carpet after a run in the muddy grass is the worst thing that can happen. Not to mention dog paws can be hard to clean.
Paw Plunger works by filling it up with lukewarm water, placing each paw into it and moving the paw up and down to get rid of the dirt.
Okay, there’s still some cleaning involved, but dog’s paws are still better than scrubbing paw prints off carpets, bed sheets, sofas and pretty much everything else in your house.
9. Bare Conductive Touch Board Starter Kit
Want to get your dog to speak like a human?
British start-up company Bare Conductive has come up with an ingenious DIY electronic tool kit that connects any surface, object or space to the digital world – enabling inanimate objects to speak with a single touch.
This requires you to assemble the kit customised to your pet’s movements, so you can ultimately train them (example here) to touch certain objects when they, for example, want treats or need to go outside. A pre-programmed human voice recording (which you can customise) will respond to that touch.
So it’s not exactly dogs speaking like humans, but you have to admit, the next best thing is pretty amazing.
All pet owners are aware that their companions often lead secret lives of their own when they are not at home – and often what happens in the kitchen stays in the kitchen.
Now Canary allows you to spy on your furry friends and see what they are up to when you’re not around (check out this video of a cheeky cat filmed on Canary’s camera).
Canary is actually a home security device controlled by you directly from your smartphone, but it can also double up as a secret spy gadget to be used on pets.
Working directly via its app, Canary delivers a live feed of HD video straight to your phone so you’ll feel close to your animal when you’re not at home.
11. Eyenimal Pet Cam
Ever wondered what the world looks like from your pet’s point of view? You don’t even need to try.
Stick this tiny camera on your pet’s collar and you’ll probably find out everything you need to know.