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Tag Archives: Pets

Like Owner, Like Pup: Matching Sweaters for You and Your Pooch

Matching Christmas Sweaters

Who needs a kid when you’ve got a dog?

We kid, because we all know parenthood changes everything and that nothing beats the joys (and pains) of being a parent. In the meantime, you can redirect your parenting tendencies to your lovable pooch while you’re childless and yearning for some love and affection. Parents are always dressing their kids up in mini-me outfits, and there’s no reason you should miss out this year, because Funky Tails has come up with these matching sets of owner-and-pooch sweaters that are as adorable as they sound.

They look horrible as most Christmas sweaters do, but this time, your canine best friend will share in the humiliation.

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Bistro Smart Feeder Uses ‘Cat Facial Recognition Technology’

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Being a busy professional sometimes makes it hard to keep pets, since you’re not often at home monitoring their eating habits and making sure they’re getting enough of what they need. But with the freedom now afforded from crowdfunding campaigns, products like the Bistro Smart Feeder are popping up, which could drastically change the way you take care of your cats. The automatic feeder features so much tech, it’s hard to know where to start. First off, a camera will analyze your cat’s face as he approaches the machine, so that it knows which one is feeding at any given time (assuming you have more than one). This allows the device to track specific metrics for each animal: its weight (through an integrated scale on the front), how often it eats, and how much. If the device notices any significant deviation from normal, you’ll be immediately notified.

Aside from tracking metrics, the Bistro Feeder can attempt to perform some smart portion control, in the case that one cat has a tendency to steal food from the other. It does this by limiting the amount of food left in the tray after a feeding, based on what its learned from each cat’s habits.

Given the campaign’s popularity, most early-bird slots have been sold out. But you can still get one for $219, and it’ll come with a “cozy Bistro cat tent”.

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This Giant Hamster Wheel Is Made For Cats

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This is an exercise wheel for cats, and it’s called One Fast Cat. It’s $200. Like any moderately expensive things you buy for your cats, they’re going to sniff it twice and go sit in an empty cardboard box instead. So you might want to think twice before you jump aboard. The cat in the video is actually a Bengal cat, who are somewhat more wild versions of cats and tend to want to exercise considerably more than a regular house cat.

Some features to note are that it’s made from recycled plastics and its “surface is made from a closed cell EVA foam to prevent claws from catching and allowing cats to run naturally using their claws for safe footing.” It’s easy to wash and comes in a small box for you to assemble at home. The Kickstarter is fully funded, so that pledge should net you a giant paperweight feline exercise wheel by September of this year.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Find Pets That Look Just Like the Ones You Had Before with PetMatch

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What do you look for in a pet? Some consider looks above all else, while others take note of activity level and the specific needs of the breed before making a choice. If you’re of the same mind with the former, then you’ll find the PetMatch app useful. It promises to help you find a pet that looks just like the one you had in mind. You could even use it to find a pet that looks like your old pet before he died and went to heaven.

All you have to do is fire the app up and upload a picture of your desired pet or of your pet that just passed on, and the app will do the rest. SuperFish, the parent company behind PetMatch, explains: “Our sophisticated algorithms (and our registered patents) allow us to analyze every picture and provide similar and near identical images in real time — no text tags, no human involvement.” Once a match is found, the app will send you info on where you can fetch your new companion.

You can download the app on iTunes.

[ PetMatch ] VIA [ C|NET ]

Don’t Need It, But Want It: Shark Fin Life Jacket For Dogs

Shark Fin Life Jacket For Dogs

 

If you take your canine best friend everywhere and do everything with him–including swim–then it’s time to get him a life vest of his own, just in case. What better one than this Shark Fin life jacket that keeps him afloat while making him look like the most adorable doggy that ever lived?

As the name implies, the life jacket has a little shark’s fin at the back, which you can use to help pull your dog out of the water if you need to. The life jacket keeps your dog afloat, whether or not he’s doing the doggie paddle or not. With the life jacket on, you don’t have to worry about him going under, although you should keep a close eye on him while he’s in the water with you.

The Shark Fin life jacket costs $39.98.

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BarkerBag is a Sleeping Bag For You and Your Canine Companion

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You wouldn’t leave your best friend out in the cold now, would you? There’s no reason to, really, even if he does happen to be of the furry, canine type. That’s because things like the BarkerBag exist now. If you’re fond of taking your dog with you when you go spend some time in the great outdoors or go camping, then this pet-friendly sleeping bag might just be what you’re looking for.

Aside from a sleeping compartment for you, the human, there’s an extension off to one side for your canine best friend. The extension also has a cinchable collar to keep your dog secure in place so he doesn’t run out and run off into the night.

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You Lazy Bum: iFetch Is An Automatic Ball Launcher For Dogs

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You get a dog, you’re supposed to do a few things. Give it exercise, for instance. If you’re too lazy to go jog with it, it’s still acceptable to go outside and just stand around playing fetch with him. But if even that’s too much effort, you’ll be delighted to find out about iFetch. It’s a simple to use automatic ball launcher that can be set to 10, 20, or 30 feet. You simply teach your pup to bring the included miniature tennis balls to the wide opening, and it’ll toss the ball for him to fetch with no interaction needed on your part. It’s $100 and comes with two balls, while a set of 5 more is $10.

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The Best Patty Ever: Cat Burger Pillow

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A comfortable cat is a happy cat, and nothing is more comfortable than the Cat Burger Pillow. As the name implies, it’s a pillow for cats in the shape of really fat and really plushy burger buns. Just open it up and sandwich your cat in between when it’s nap time. She might resist it at first, but she’ll love it for you in the end.

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Whistle Dog Collar Is A Wearable For Your Puppy

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Wearables are all the rage these days, from smartwatches to life logging devices, there’s something for everyone. So why should your dog feel left out? The Whistle Activity Monitor is like a Fitbit for your canine companion. It tracks your dog’s every movement and feeds it back to your through a smartphone app. This way you can know if he’s getting enough exercise, enough playtime, and enough rest.

$129.

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