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4 Must-have pet gadgets

Lauren Fairbanks is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor who has penned for AOL, Young Money, and Eating Well Magazine, among others. She's also the founder and editor of LifeStyler, a NYC centric guide to budget living.

High-tech pet

Thinking that high-tech gadgets are just for humans? Think again. There's a huge market for tech geared to your pets, and in a society where a large part of what we do is automated, it makes sense that our pets have gadgets of their own, too. Check out these unusual -- but gotta-get -- pet gadgets.

Ionic Pet Brush

4 Must-have pet gadgets

1Ionic Pet Brush

The Ionic Pet Brush is a handy little device that cleans and deodorizes pets without the unintentional trauma inherent in trying to coax them into an actual bath. The Ionic Pet Brush uses ions to get rid of pet dander and odors, and improves blood circulation.

High-tech pet2CatGenie 120 Self-Cleaning Litter Box

As the website says, litter boxes can be a pain to maintain. And while there are automatic litter boxes that scrape and sort of clean cat litter, the CatGenie 120 completely removes all the human elements of cleaning by hooking up to your home's water line to flush cat waste directly outside into the sewer line. It also doesn't use traditional cat litter, but a new type of granule that is washable and reusable, cutting down on litter costs.

High-tech pet3Zoombak GPS Dog Locator

Zoompak's GPS device for dogs is ingenius, especially for outdoor pets that have a tendency to wander beyond the limits of a yard. The small device weight a nominal 2.5 oz., runs on a battery, and attaches to a dog's collar. Zoomback alerts you of your pet's whereabouts via the Zoomback Web interface or via a text message to your phone.

High-tech pet4Neuticles

If you were a fan of the Bionic Woman, you can use that same type of technology when you take your pet to get neutered. Neuticles are testicular implants for animals. The implants are designed to make your pet feel as if nothing happened.

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