Pet Apps

Pet AppsIf you love your pets so much that you can’t bear to be parted for even the shortest time, then somewhere out on the web is the ideal app for you.

Even if you don’t have a pet, someone has an app for you that lets you play with someone else’s pet or an animal looking for a home online.

Take Alex Neskin.

When he moved to a new flat in Kiev, Ukraine, he set up a web cam to see how his dog Rocky was coping with life.

Not very well was the outcome, so he bolted together a laser pointer on a robot arm that was operable from a web site and Rocky’s life was turned around as Alex and his friends barely left him a minute during the day to take a nap.

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PetCube grew out of those humble beginnings and has become a worldwide phenomenon even though it’s still in the design and testing stage  http://petcube.net/

The app allows pet owners and their friends to entertain their cat or dog from anywhere where they have smartphone access.

Something more practicable is Pethub, http://www.pethub.com/  an electronic pet tag that keeps a QR code and a chip keeps in touch with pets that have roamed too far and need reuniting their owners.

Pethub reckons less than two-thirds of all pets in the US have tags or chips, and only 5% of those have up-to-the-minute information.

Owners can update Pethub online and instantly without having to change the tag, saving time and money.

Whistle is doubly useful – acting as a location device and a pet monitor that sends data to the vet that helps maintain a healthy lifestyle and warns of any developing symptoms that may strike a cat or dog.

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Whistle is also look a social network for pet owners, which keeps track of walks and activities and has space for posting images and comments on line.

Other apps include Pintofeed, http://www.pintofeed.com/  another smartphone app that lets owners release food to their pets while they are away from home.

While Swifto https://swifto.com/ is a New York City app that books dog walkers and tracks where your pet has been with GPS.

On the west coast, DogVacay http://dogvacay.com/  and Rover http://www.rover.com/  offer a similar service.

Don’t despair if you don’t have the time and space for a pet – iPet Companion http://www.ipetcompanion.com/  is a website that looks into the cages of abandoned cats at shelters across America.

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