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A Stairlift For Dogs

We’re lucky to live in a society plagued by abundance, as opposed to say, rampant disease or violence. The same can’t be said of every part of the world, of course, but it’s getting to the point where not only are people fat, but their pets are as well. We could obviously embark on a collective diet and exercise regimen, but let’s face it, it won’t happen anytime soon. In the meantime, your pooch still has trouble going up a flight of stairs (as do you, perhaps), so the Stair Of The Dog 2022 was created earlier this year. It’s a chairlift that your dog can use. It features a large button that can easily be pressed with a paw, and can presumably handle pretty large dogs. Currently only a prototype, the machine would cost about $8,000 should it ever come to market.

It was made by UK insurance company More Th>n (that’s not a typo, that’s a “greater than” sign instead of the ‘a’), seemingly as a statement about the rising pet health epidemic. It’s estimated that by 2022, more than 50% of the dogs in the UK will be overweight.

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Gatefeeder Uses RFID To Feed The Right Pet

You got a chubby little cat that bullies the other ones away from their food bowl and eats their portions? I do, and I’ve resorted to locking them up in separate rooms at feeding time, which, well, is annoying. The Gatefeeder features an automatic locking mechanism that is opened when an RFID chip is detected, which allows the bullied cat access to his food at all times while keeping the big bully out. So what you do in a case like this is that you feed the fat cat normally, while you put the little cat’s food in the Gatefeeder; he always has access, the other cat never. Of course this works with more than two cats, and you can order additional tags for them.

A system like this isn’t cheap, at $249. But we’ve heard of pet owners spending ungodly amounts before, so we don’t expect this to be much of a deterrent to the really determined.

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The Tuft of Grass Pet Feeder Is A Canine Gluttony Fix

Although it’s easy to make fun of, dogs eating their food too fast is somewhat of an actual problem. An article on the Internet on this topic says: “Your dog can choke, swallow so much air that they vomit or even develop bloat, which can be life threatening.” It’s not on the same level as, say, doggie cancer, but if you’ve noticed your dog pukes often after eating, this could be the reason. The Green by Northmate feeder slows him down a bit, by making him chase his dry food pellets from in between the “blades of grass.” Just scatter his portion on the feeder, and watch as he licks, pokes and prods until every last bit is devoured, only in a much longer timeframe than usual.

It’s $36, and if you’re wondering what it looks like in action, we’ve included a video after the break.

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Feed Your Pets More Intelligently With This Connected Feeder

Unlike the joke Crib Dribbler from yesterday, the Pintofeed is a real product that we’d actually like to purchase. It’s a WiFi-connected mechanical pet-feeding device. Once setup, you simply load up the 5lbs or 10lbs compartment with dry food pellets and at the press of a button from your smartphone, serve up a 1/8 cup portion of feed to your loved house companion. Over time, the application will learn your pet’s feeding habits and create an automated feeding schedule. You can even use this information to slowly trim his food intake if you’ve noticed your pet has been packing on a little too much fat.

There are a number of fail-safe features that make the Pintofeed reassuring to own. For instance, you will be notified every time your pet is fed, and if food jams the mechanism, you’ll also get an alert. There are two motors, should one of them fail, and there’s a battery that lasts three months in case the power goes out.

Considering how many products in your home are getting a connectivity upgrade, it’s about time that the lowly pet feeder got the same treatment. Currently, Pintofeed is in the fundraising phase on IndieGogo, and a $99 pledge will secure a June 2013 delivery.

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Pet Peek Dog Window Satisfies Pooch’s Curiosity

The beauty of images is that the often do the talking for you. We don’t need to wax poetic about the above Pet Peek Dog Window; it’s pretty clear what it is. All we can do is add some details, like to inform you that it’s 9.5 inches in diameter and made from acrylic. And we can also point out to you that it’s likely your doggy will love it and spend hours staring at the neighbour’s fancy squirrel circus. What, your neighbour doesn’t?… Oh that’s sad, squirrel circuses are great.

See what happens when you try to fill some space with unnecessary words? So we’ll stop here.

It’s $35.

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The CatCrib Is Like A Hammock For Your Kitty

You can spend all kinds of money buying kitty a fancy new bed for him to sleep in, but you know that in the end he’ll fall in love with a random piece of cardboard and call that home. Such are cats. But if you buy him a CatCrib and he ignores it, at least you won’t have it lying around, taking up all kinds of space, like that $100 faux-fur bed you bought just last summer that hasn’t even been used once. The CatCrib is kind of like a hammock that attaches to anything with four legs, efficiently using space that would be wasted otherwise. It looks comfy enough for a feline to appreciate, and at $29 in three different colours, won’t break the bank if he just ignores it.

Hit the jump for a video of a random grey cat properly trained to use the CatCrib, as well as links.

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Quack Muzzle: Turn Your Dog Into A Novelty Pet, Dignity Need Not Apply

We suppose this goes along the lines of dressing your pet up in ridiculous costumes, except this time around the Quack Muzzle serves an actual purpose. It’s a muzzle. But yeah, it makes your dog look pretty ridiculous, so you’ll spend the day at the park attracting attention and answering questions from confused park goers. Which we suppose would kind of be the reason anyone would get this in the first place.

It’s $25 and it’s made (surprise, surprise) in Japan.

Hit the jump for more pictures and links.

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Slutty Halloween Costumes for Your Dog Don’t Look So Slutty After All

Slutty Halloween Costumes

You probably already know that the easiest costumes to do are those that begin with the “slutty” adjective. Just pick any profession, tack the adjective before it, and come to the party dressed in form-fitting clothes that are far too short and skimpy–and you’re all set. As long as you’re doing this type of costume, why not let your canine companion in on the fun with these Slutty Halloween Costumes for your dog?

Your dog will probably hate you for it, but hey, this is one day of the year where you’ll have a perfectly legitimate excuse to dress up your pet in the finest (and weirdest) threads you can find. The thing is, your dog won’t really look “slutty” but it’s the concept that makes the entire thing so incredibly fun and the costumes so oddly creative.

Above, you’ll see a doggy Marilyn Monroe. Adorable, right? Although I have a feeling the chest padding is a tad uncomfortable. Check out more pooches dressed like Snooki, Katy Perry, and Madonna after the jump.

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Orapup Promises to Get Rid of Your Dog’s Doggy Breath

Orapup

Love your pets like you love your kids? Then you’ll probably want to hear all about the Orapup, which is a doggy tongue cleaner that promises to combat bad doggy breath by getting rid of it, right at the source.

Most people brush their teeth and scrape their tongues every day, but some of them still end up with pretty nasty breath. So you can’t really blame your canine pals for having less-than-stellar breath since they can’t brush and all. While there are a ton of doggy toothbrushes available, there’s only one pet tongue cleaner that I’ve heard of so far–and that’s the Orapup.

If you’ve ever tried brushing your dog’s teeth, then you know it could end up being quite the chore, especially since you have to hold them down and make them stay still while you brush. The cool thing about the Orapup is that you don’t need to hold them down, because it’s been designed to clean your pooch’s tongue in the easiest way possible: by having them lick it.

Hit the jump to check out a video featuring the Orapup, as well as links on how you can get one for yourself!

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