Device Offers Social Media Opportunities for Guinea Pigs

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PetChatz will allow you to view your pets from anywhere.

Imagine having access to your guinea pigs at home from the convenience of your movile device or work computer. That’s exactly what PetChatz, a new product from Anser Innovation from Minneapolis aims to do.

Whether you wonder what your cavies are doing during the day or simply just miss them, the PetChatz device is a first of a kind product that allows pet owners to interact with their pet through a Skype-like videophone complete with a scent and treat dispenser. The device is designed for dogs and cats, but we’re hoping the design lends itself well to guinea pigs too. After all, what cavy wouldn’t love an afternoon Timothy treat and a hello from their smiling pet parent in the middle of the day.

PetChatz allows users to log on via web application on their computer or mobile device and watch their pet in “spy mode” or call their pet to the device where they can talk, watch, and feed them in real time. The device can be used anywhere in the world.

Dogs and cats were most compelled by the voice, smell and treat-dispensing capabilities of the product. While guinea pigs might not respond immediately to the device and it’s unknown if they will recognize the images, a guinea pig can be trained to respond to an owner’s voice and the treat dispenser on this device seems like it would be a real win the cavy community. I think may cavy owners might want to purchase such an item simply for peace of mind even if the pets never succeed in interacting with the device.

This item might can be a bonus for those in the pet sitting industry. Offering the chance for clients to look in on their pets like never before would certainly be a benefit to any service and give pet owners added peace of mind.

The co-branded treat pack and PetChatz device will be sold online and in retail pet stores. The device is expected to cost $200 and will be launched later this year.


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Angela, Editor-in-Chief, GPT

Angela founded Guinea Pig Today and guest writes for CavyMadness. She volunteers with Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue and supports the ROUS Foundation. Her guinea pig, Papua, is the star of WHEK-TV/DT.

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3 Responses to “Device Offers Social Media Opportunities for Guinea Pigs”
  1. nihil says:

    I had something similar set up with a webcam through our home server. It was nice to check in on my piggies during my lunch time at work. Though most of it was not too exciting, mostly them sleeping. : ) Still a nice way to brighten your day.

  2. Amy says:

    Sounds like a great idea, if a little expensive for most pet owners. Luckily for me my guinea pigs blog so I know what they’re up to!

    http://hutchagoodlife.wordpress.com/

    x

  3. Johnny says:

    That’s an amazing project! I have a friend whose dog doesn’t take orders from anyone except for her, and will even starve, despite having tons of food near her. We had to call the owner and he told the dog through the phone to go eat, and it worked!

    It’s not a totally new thing (well, one could just get a webcam and use the phone/laptop) but it must be great for smaller animals, if you’re like away for a day or just miss them. Too bad there isn’t much info on the site, and $200 doesn’t seem like a big deal if you really need something like this!

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