10 high-tech holiday gifts for your furry friends

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10 high-tech holiday gifts for your furry friends

Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Looking for gifts for others on your list? Check out our full 2016 Gift Guide Hub.

Have a furry friend and want to spoil them with tech treats? This is the list for you! From cat cams to apps to occupy them while you are gone, we’ve scoured the web to find the best this holiday has to offer. So check ’em out and let us know if you have toys we should add here, too.


Catmera Cat Selfies App

What does your feline friend do all day? Find out with this fun app that lets them take selfies all day and send them to you while you are away.

Made by the Brooklyn-based Current Studios, Candid Catmera (candidcatmera.com) uses custom cat facial recognition technology to snap pictures when a cat comes up to the camera.

Current Studios is also giving $1 to the SPCA for every download. And as we all know, the internet loves cat pics, so this one’s a good bet for fur gifts.


Casper dog mattress

Casper’s mattresses are very popular in Silicon Valley — and who can blame us? They’re so comfortable. So imagine giving the same experience to your pup. The humans pay nearly $1,000 for a Casper, but for $125 your fur baby can sleep softly on a miniature version.


Whistle dog and cat GPS tracker

Whistle is a GPS tracking device for your dog or cat. It fits on the collar and comes with an app to show you where your fur baby is at all times. Plus it regularly updates you on their activity level so Fido doesn’t get fat.

The basic tracker sells for $50 and the activity monitor and tracker is $80 online.


Petnet SmartFeeder

Not home to feed them? For $150, Petnet’s SmartFeeder lets you give your pet their dinner from an app.

You can personalize the portions for healthier amounts and monitor how much your dog or cat is eating all from far away.

Also check out the Petnet SmartBowl for $50.


Sol Box from Pawsitive Lighting

Like humans, pets can get depressed without enough sun. If Mr. Mittens seems down in the dumps during the rainy season, Pawsitive Lighting makes a light box that emits the same rays as the sun to try and help. Called Sol Box, it brings 10,000 lux of full spectrum white light into the home for $100.


GoPro Fetch

Video from your dog’s perspective, the Fetch device is softly padded to keep your canine comfortable and comes with a harness to mount on either the back or chest, plus a hardware mount and camera tether to help you see the world as your pup sees it. Find Fetch on GoPro, Amazon and other online retailers for $40.


Meow Skill on Alexa

Pets get bored if left at home all day. But Alexa’s Meow! skill can keep them company by chatting with them in their own language. Every meow gets a response and can go on and on until you tell Alexa to stop. Find it in the Alexa skill store and download onto your Echo.


Glowdoggie LED collar

German engineering meets K9 safety in this LED collar from Glowdoggie. Each electronic device glows in the dark, is 100 percent waterproof and comes in four colors: blue, green, red or white. You can buy them online, starting at $53 for the pro version or $60 for longer battery life.


Thundershirt for dog anxiety

Does Snuggles flip his lid whenever you leave the house, or during the Fourth of July fireworks?

While results will vary based on your dog, plenty of people swear by the Thundershirt. It basically gives your dog a little endless hug, which can help with anxiety.



Birchbox but for dogs, this subscription treats and toys service is the gift that keeps on giving every month with fun and unique treasures, starting at $20 for small packs and up to $29 for bigger boxes.