The American Pet Products Association reports that more than 20 million people will buy holiday gifts for their pets this year. It estimate that these people will spend up to $210 million on their pets. If you’re looking for something unique for your dog or cat this year, check out these 2013 pet gift suggestions.
Digital Trends tracks the latest high tech pet gadgetry and recommends Whistle for you dog. This device attaches to your dog’s collar and tracks its daily activities. It reports all of this to your iPhone. You’ll see how much your dog walks, rests and exercises. You can compare your dog’s activity level with other dogs his age. Set exercise goals and help Fido hit them by monitoring him with Whistle. For around $100, it’s the next best thing to giving your dog an iPhone with an exercise app.
Sony Action Cam Pet Pack
You’ve used a helmet-cam while biking, skiing, surfing, and skateboarding. Now it’s your pet’s turn. This set up puts a camcorder on your pet to record its daredevil stunts. Now you’ll see what they see when chasing a squirrel or fetching the ball. Everything is included. A Sony Action Cam, 8GB microSDHC card, and a dog harness to hold the camera and its mount run about $300 to give you the dog’s POV of the world.
No more sitting for hours while shining a laser pointer at the floor for your cat to chase. You usually get tired before the cat does. That’s why you need the FroliCat Dart to do it for you. It never gets tired. For roughly $40, this device will shine the laser pointer across the floor in different patterns and at different speeds. It can be set to shut off automatically after a few minutes.
Self Cleaning Litter Boxes
The PetSafe self cleaning litter box line gives you many options to take care of the mess. From $100 and up, these automated litter boxes periodically scoop the litter into a bag for you. There are also boxes that continually scoop the litter throughout the day so you won’t have to come home to the smell of a dirty litter box.
Tagg Pet GPS Tracker
This GPS device ($100) attaches to your dog’s collar so you can track him with the included maps app on your smartphone. Find out where your dog hangs out all night. Take your dog to the park and watch him roam on your smartphone. More importantly, if you call to him out the backdoor and he doesn’t show up, find out where he’s hiding.
For about $200 you can get an automatic pet feeder that you control from your smartphone. The Smartfeeder lets you program it to give out food. The app keeps track of how much is being eaten and warns you when the food is low. You can control everything else from your phone, why not your pet’s food dish?
Cats Attack Scratching Post
BuzzFeed recommends this scratching post for your cat. The post comes in five pieces that you assemble to create a city skyline with skyscrapers that your cat can chew and scratch on. It is all cardboard and stands about 25 inches high. For about $35, you’ll make your feline friend happy while you get to watch him destroy downtown.