Device Offers Social Media Opportunities for Guinea Pigs
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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