Just because you have pets doesn’t mean you can’t also have a life. Whether it’s chickens, cats or dogs, here are a few innovations that keep your mind at ease and your beloved buddies safe.
Solar Chicken Door Don’t leave the party to close your chicken door. Programmable, solar and easy to install, this gate is predator-proof and features a photo sensor option that closes the door automatically when the sun goes down. $180–$245.
RFID Cat Door This door works with all radio-frequency identification chips (the one your pet gets at the vet for ID purposes) and allows different settings, meaning any animal can leave, but only your pet can get back in. Stores up to 32 pet IDs. $125.
GPS Pet Tracker Dog out of sight? Don’t worry. This GPS device attaches to your pet’s collar, letting you find him quickly on a map. Customize a safe-travel zone, get alerts and track your pet’s daily activity as well. $79.
This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine’s September 2016 print edition under the headline: “High Tech Pet“
Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction, and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is a never-ending endeavor.