Leaving dogs and cats home alone
How best to handle the situation
I have two cats and a dog, and I know how anxious it can be toleave our four-legged friends at home alone, but with a few technological tricks, the distance and worry can be reduced. Let's see how.
One problem at a time
- Basic needs: food and water must be available at all times
- Games and pastimes against boredom
- Remote control: there are interactive cameras to talk and listen to your dog or cat, or devices to attach to the collar to monitor its health and location.
Food, water & c.
The first few times I had to go away from home for a couple of days I filled the kitchen with overflowing bowls of food and bowls of water, an extreme but functional solution. It's a shame that the cat on duty pounced on my favourite food like there was no tomorrow! Result: guaranteed vomiting. Fortunately, there are now a multitude of food dispensers so that our pets can always eat at the same time and the right amount of kibble. Here you can find the right one for you.
Of course, among the primary needs there are also the needs, for cats we manage with one or two litter boxes at our disposal, on the market there are even self-cleaning litter boxes (e.g. 1 and 2), while with dogs the matter is more complicated. If we don't have a garden at our disposal, all we have to do is get your dog used to using an area of the house or balcony, which you can cover with sleepers or a trustworthy dog walker.
Games and hobbies
Before we set off, let's make sure our four-legged friends have their favourite toys; chew toys, balls and mice should be available to them to relieve some of the boredom. Here, too, technology comes to our aid with interactive laser toys to entertain our animal friends from a distance. I go into more detail in the following section.
Did you know that Spotify has created a section just for dogs and cats? Soothing music, stories and reassuring messages to relieve the stress of pets left alone. Here's the link
On the net I found two really innovative solutions for remote control of our pets:
The PETCUBE camera series
These range from an interactive video camera that you can use to listen and talk to your pet so that it recognises your voice, to an interactive laser toy, and finally an interactive video camera with an integrated dispenser for throwing small snacks at a distance. All managed from your smartphone. Let's take a look at the features of Petcube bites 2 why it's definitely the best device on the market:
- it even comes with a wall-mounting kit that will prevent your dog or cat from knocking it over!
-receive real-time notifications of potentially dangerous events, with audio recognition of barks and meows and the ability to distinguish between pets and people
-ability to set an automatic (and highly customisable) or manual snack schedule within the Petcube app
-night vision, finally find out what they do at night!
-take photos manually and save videos
-have an integrated Alexa voice assistant
-4x digital zoom capability and 160° wide-angle view.
Another very similar product is Clever, the features are similar and the price is a little lower.
In short, a resource for those who have to leave their pets alone at home.
Link to the Petcube camera series
FITBARK: device that monitors our dog's state of health
System that monitors our dog's activity and health status, during activity hours (perhaps with a dog walker) but also while he is taking a nap. It tracks sleep quality, distance travelled, calories burned, stress level, weight and skin condition (via FitBark Health Index). The bone-shaped device is placed on the collar and is designed to communicate with our smartphones via Bluetooth. The only downside is that to receive updates when you're away from home, you'll need to buy the FitBark Wi-Fi base station.
It is lightweight, robust and waterproof, and is suitable for dogs of all sizes.
It's not easy to leave your animal friends alone in the house, but technology really comes in handy.