October 7, 2015

Pet owners can track pets’ whereabouts, let them outside or even say “hello” with these handy items.

Convenience is a growing reason people upgrade their homes, and pet products are no exception. And with pet owners expected to spend more than $60 billion on their pets this year, any pet product is a good bet for retailers. Here are few new ideas for your shelves:

Sliding Glass Door

Pet doors for sliding glass doors can be tricky, but PetSafe is making it easier with its Sliding Glass Pet Door. Designed as an insert to standard sliding glass doors, this pet door provides an easy-to-install option for homeowners and renters alike. The heavy-duty aluminum frame can fit on either right- or left-handed door openings, and it comes in three sizes: small, medium and large. Prices range from $199.99 to $234.99.

Robotic Pet Sitter

Pets can interact with their owners with PetBot, which is gaining backers through its IndieGoGo campaign. Dogs or cats can simply walk up to the device and the PetBot will record a short video clip to send to their owners (via iOS or Android devices), then give the pets a treat. The device also allows owners to contact their pets by recording messages or speaking to them directly through the PetBot. They can also plan calming music to keep pets relaxed throughout the day. It’s expected to retail for $189.

See the PetBot in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=100&v=Ap2XI0QBcfY

Health Monitoring

iQ Pet’s StarWalk is a simple solution for any pet owner who wants to keep track of their animal’s activity for the day. All they need to do is affix it to their pet’s collar and StarWalk will track activity times and types, calories burned, total steps and distance traveled, and temperature. Stats can be viewed via an app for iOS or Android devices.

The device comes in white or black, with five customizable light colors to make pets more visible at nighttime, and retails for $79.95.

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