10 Ways to Connect With Your Pet

Whether they’re lost, sick, or just want some attention, there are lots of high-tech ways to connect with your pets, even from afar. Here are our favorite ways to keep in touch with our four-legged family members.

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Kittyo

Miss your kitty while you’re at the office? This Kickstarter success story will let you see and talk to your cat, control a laser pointer chase toy, and even dispense treats – all from your smartphone.

Voyce

Generally, animals won’t tell you something’s wrong until it’s time to rush to the vet. Voyce is a Wi-Fi-enabled collar that monitors your furry friend’s vitals, calorie intake and activity level so you can tell if anything is amiss — and get to the vet before there’s a serious issue.

Tagg Pet Tracker

If you’ve got a pet who tends to roam (or bolt out the front door!), GPS might be the answer. This monitor attaches to his collar, and the app will help you locate him if he’s lost. 

Wild Pet’s Eye View Camera

Made especially for kids to operate, Nat Geo Wild’s Pet’s Eye View Camera attaches to a collar to reveal a pet’s “secret life.” It snaps photos as the pet goes, so whether he’s lazing about the living room or chewing the china cabinet, all will be revealed.

Dropcam

This webcam offers HD video and two-way audio, so you can check on (and talk to) your pet from a computer or mobile device. Just log in to see what your pet is up to, live. 

Petcube

A combo camera and pet toy, this unassuming cube hooks up to an app — so when you’re out, you can see, talk to your pet, and amuse her with the app-controlled laser pointer. Plus you can give loved ones access, so they can play with your pet from afar, too.

Pet-Remote

The Pet-Remote lets you prompt your pooch to do tricks, via command from your phone. Attach the vibration-producing Remote to your dog's collar and follow the training steps in the app. Fido will learn to associate a different vibration with each trick. Then, just tap your smartphone to cue Fido to roll over.

PetHub

This digital tag system uses QR codes to make sure your pet comes home. You enroll your pet in the PetHub national database, then purchase a tag printed with a unique QR code and website address. It links to your pet’s online profile, so anyone can scan to see who he is and where he belongs.

FitBark

Fans of Fitbit and the Nike FuelBand will immediately understand this bone-shaped fitness tracker for dogs. It communicates with an app to keep track of doggies’ doings, whether you’re home or away.

Pawscout Pet Finder

With no monthly fee, this waterproof collar tag employs “social GPS” to send and receive signals from other Pawscout tags. If your animal gets lost, use the free app to mark him as missing. When another Pawscout owner is within 200 feet of your animal, the app will notify them and you.