Our feline friends have been by our sides (and on our laps) for thousands of years. Fluffy hasn’t really changed much: she still spends most of her time sleeping, occasionally drops dead mice at our feet, and can’t resist sprawling out in sunny napping spots. However, technology has moved forward in leaps and bounds since we first befriended cats. It seems these cute furballs also have some fans in the technology sector, as there are now lots of fun gadgets on the market for them. A Cherry Hill, NJ vet lists some of our faves below.
You can get your kitty a remote controlled mouse, or a smart toy that reacts to her movements. There are even gadgets that let you play with your feline pal remotely, using your smartphone and a laser pointer! There are even games your furball can play on your phone or tablet. This is a good way to get some more use out of an old device.
To be fair, we’re not sure if this one is entirely necessary. Fluffy uses the meow as an all-purrpose command, usually speaking only when she wants to give us orders. That said, you can get little pads that you can program to speak specific words when Fluffy steps on them. (Results may vary.)
Microchips aren’t exactly new technology: they’ve been around for decades. However, there are now many products that work with Fluffy’s microchip. You can get cat doors that will only open for her, so you don’t have to worry about waking up to find a raccoon ransacking your kitchen. There are also food bowls that work with specific microchips. This is a good thing to look into if your kitties have different dietary needs.
GPS technology is now such a big part of our day-to-day lives that it can be hard to remember that it’s only been around for a few decades. (It was invented in 1978, and then went mainstream as cell phones did.) One thing we’re thrilled to see rolled out? GPS-enabled smart tags and collars. While we recommend keeping cats inside, these are great products for those who do let their kitties go out and play.
Please contact us with questions or concerns about your kitty’s health or care. As your Cherry Hill, NJ pet clinic, we’re here to help!