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6 Hands-free products that play with your pet

Ditch the pet-owner guilt with these interactive pet toys. These clever pet toys play with your pet when you’re not home. Your pet will adore these hands-off toys, and you’ll love knowing your pet is happily playing at home even when you can’t be there.




iFetch is a fantastic new toy for your energetic dog. It will amuse and exercise your pet for hours. Designed for small to medium-sized dogs, iFetch shoots a miniature tennis ball 10 to 30 feet and teaches your dog how to fetch and return — all while you’re not there! (iFetch, $100)




Petcube is a home gadget that lets you watch, talk and play laser games with your pet through a mobile app anytime, anywhere. The designers of Petcube are on a mission to provide smart gadgets that connect pet owners and keep their pets healthy and entertained. (Petcube, $150)




This fun dog toy dispenses food or treats, but your dog must work — and play — to get what’s inside. Bob-A-Lot has a weighted anti-slip bottom that makes the toy wobble erratically, but it won’t tip, and its movement entices your dog to play. Bob-A-Lot is a great way to give your dog exercise, relieve boredom and slow down the dogs that gulp their food. (Amazon, $15)


Dog Trubble

Dog Trubble

Dogs love playing with the Dog Trubble wooden puzzle game because they really have to use their brains and get involved with the game in order to “win” their treats. This boredom-busting dog puzzle can hold lots of different kinds of treats or dog food and is designed to be entertaining and to really make your dog use its brain. (Active Dog Toys, $60)


Peek & Play Toy

Peek & Play Toy Box

The SmartCat Peek and Play Toy Box requires cats to paw, pad and pull their halfway hidden toys out to play. Since cats love cracks and crevices, the fun starts before they even get the toy. The SmartCat Peek and Play Toy Box comes with two toys but can be used with any appropriately sized cat toy or treat. (Chewy, $15)


Play-N-Squeak Spring Fling cat toy

Play-N-Squeak Spring Fling Cat Toy

Play-N-Squeak Spring Fling gives cats the opportunity to stalk their prey in the comfort of their own homes. It also lets cats engage in solitary play, which provides mental stimulation and needed exercise. The bouncy mouse promotes hours of play time. (Chewy, $9)

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