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Keep your buddy happy, even when you're away

Ever come home after working extra late to a pet clamoring for more food and water? Or maybe you just need to know which of the rascally devils is getting into the kitchen trash.
Keep your buddy happy, even when you're away

If you're starting to feel like a bad pet mama, you just need a little help from some modern technology.

What if we told you there was a way to keep your pet happy and content while you’re away so the only thing they’d be clamoring for when you arrived was your love and attention? Thanks to the wonders of modern technology (and some very creative pet-loving inventors), there is!

Pintofeed Automatic Pet Feeder (with smartphone app)

The Pintofeed does everything you’d want an automatic pet feeder to do. It’s programmable to automatically dispense food, and you can set it up manually or allow the Pintofeed to learn your pet's feeding schedule. But our favorite feature is the smartphone app that allows you to control multiple feeders and feed your pet remotely if you suddenly realize you’re not going to make it home on time. It also updates you on your pet’s feeding habits. This new product is available for preorder and will begin shipping sometime in July 2013. (Pintofeed,  $129)

Keep your buddy happy, even when you're away

Doorman Electronic Pet Door

Working in conjunction with your Invisible Fence Brand Computer Collar, the Doorman Electronic Pet Door allows you to give your pet the ability to let himself out without the risk of creating an easy access point for intruders. You can even set it to allow access at certain times of day or to only certain pets. The best part is, you’ll never again come home after a rough day to pee stains on the floor! (Invisible Fence, around $500 plus installation)

Keep your buddy happy, even when you're away

DogWatch Indoor Hidden Boundaries

Wish you could keep that pesky cat off the couch (and the accompanying pet hair off every sweater you own)? Or maybe you just need to keep your curious new puppy from accessing unsafe areas in the home. DogWatch’s hidden indoor boundaries technology allows you to customize the areas of the house where your pet is allowed to go, using the same technology that works with the outdoor invisible fence (no additional transmission collar needed). (DogWatch vendor near you, prices vary)

Keep your buddy happy, even when you're away


This easy-to-install pet monitoring system allows you to keep an eye out for Socks’ latest antics or find out whether it’s Fido or Rover who’s digging through the trash. It will even alert you via smartphone when someone comes into the house, whether that be the pet sitter or an intruder. With two-way audio, you can remind your teen to feed the dog. It even has night vision and optional recording features with the option of sharing the video. Each camera comes with its own web page out of the box (no setup required), so whether you’re watching for misbehavior or just missing your BFF, you’ll never miss a moment. (Dropcam, $248)

Keep your buddy happy, even when you're away

Tagg Pet Tracker

Forget those surgically implanted microchips. We like this pet tracking system from Tagg. With this device, which attaches to your pet’s collar, you’ll get a text if your dog or cat leaves the safe area you’ve set up, so instead of looking for her hours later, you’ll know the minute she makes a run for it. But it doesn’t just track your pet’s location. Detailed charts can also tell you whether she’s getting enough exercise, and the device is waterproof, too. The only drawback is the short battery life, which they state is about 30 days, but on the upside, the device will send you a text about that, too. Your purchase of the device even comes with three months of free service. (Tagg, $100 plus monthly service fee).

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