by Jane Noble
Sep. 23, 2016
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. Maybe the cat number is a little vague since most cats don’t believe they have owners! About 65 per cent of US households have a pet and we love them. They are members of the family.
There are times when we have to leave our pets at home, maybe for a few hours, sometimes for a few days. Even if we get a neighbor or friend to pop in and feed them, they are still alone and unsupervised for long periods of time. Thanks to some amazing smart home innovations, you can now keep your pets healthy and protected in several new ways.
Most pet owners have a photo of their furry child on their phone. With Smart Home monitoring systems, you can check in and view live HD videos of your pet any time of the day. You can check whether your animal is playing or sleeping; whether she seems contented or listless. You can watch exactly what your pet does when she thinks you are not watching. It may make for one of America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Smart Home security systems provide a variety of alerts and sensors that let owners know of potential problems such as fire, carbon monoxide, doors or windows left open or the animal escaping from a designated area. Sad to say pet theft is on the increase so a smart security system can really provide peace of mind that you are doing everything possible to protect your pet
Smart entry systems can allow keyless access for dog walkers or pet sitters, who can be given a temporary code that is not the same as your main access code. The system can also record entry and exit so you know whether the dog walker has arrived as promised.
It is always a concern leaving pets alone in extreme weather. Dogs in particular are susceptible to heat stroke that can put your pooch at risk. Smart thermostats enable you to adjust the temperature of your home from your smartphone regardless of where you are in the world. You can provide your pets with their optimum comfort environment. No more worries about whether a heat wave might hit when you are away.
Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner time, smart feeders can provide the right amount of food for your pets at the right time. The Feed and Go Smart Pet Feeder created by a new start-up has received excellent reviews. It has been designed by pet owners to be an ultra reliable solution for when you need your pet to be fed their wet or dry food or even treats, on time, every time. The feeder has a built in webcam so you can always check on your pet. It has real time notifications of when your pet has been fed and has the ability to control multiple pet feeders from any smartphone.
Not really smart in the true sense, but I use the Catit Design Senses water fountain. Not really a fountain, more like a slightly bubbling bowlful of water, it has an elevated design for a better drinking position and holds 100 oz of water. There is a Dogit version that holds 200 oz. It provides clear, recirculating, healthy water and has a replaceable filter inside to collect fur and debris.
If your property is fenced in and you have a safe area for your dog, you can install a doggy door that lets your dog in and out by using radio waves. A smart key attaches to the dog’s collar and alerts the device to open. When the smart key is no longer detected, the door locks itself. This prevents intruders, as well as other animals from entering the house.