If you’re the owner of a pet with independent inclinations or special needs (or if you’re just a clingy fur-parent) there’s a new device on the market that may be right up your alley.
Officially launching in the New Zealand market this week, the Microchip Pet Door Connect claims to be the world’s first-ever app-controlled pet door.
Made by Sure Petcare, the gadget allows owners to control the pet door remotely from wherever they are via the app, which also collates information on their pet’s habits and activity.
Designed for cats and small dogs, the Microchip Pet Door Connect works via a hub device, which connects the pet door to the Internet. Owners receive notifications via the app when their pet leaves or enters the house, and they can then remotely lock or unlock the door, or set a “curfew” in order to keep pets indoors at specific times.
Built around microchip-reading technology, the door will only provide access to the resident pets, meaning the neighbourhood bullies and food thieves will be locked out forever.
Jon Bowen, Royal Veterinary College…