5 Smart Products Cat Owners Can Get for Their Furry Friends

CatCats can make great pets as they offer companionship, cuddles, and a lot of entertainment. In return, their humans provide them with love, food, and comfort. To make the cohabitation even more convenient, here are five smart products that all cat owners can find great uses for!

The Dancing Dot

The Dancing Dot Cats require a lot of entertainment and exercise to remain happy, content, and healthy. If you’re not always in the mood to play with your cat or you’re simply not available, this smart toy can help. It projects a laser dot and moves it across the floor and walls in a randomized pattern. All the cats in the house will have a lot of fun chasing and hunting the laser while they exert their excess energy. The toy can be set to turn on automatically and run for a certain time interval.

Smart Pet Feeder

Smart Pet FeederIf you’re worried about feeding your feline friend while you’re at work or visiting friends, this smart feeder will put your mind at ease. Once the container is filled with kibble and closed, the safety mechanism on the lid will prevent the cats from opening it and keep the food fresh. Some smart feeders come with an app that allows the user to control the timing and number of the meals that get dispensed.

Pet Tracking Collar

Pet Tracking CollarCats are free spirits and most of them will choose to venture out into the yard if they get the chance. To help put owners’ minds at ease, several companies have come out with pet collars that have tracking features installed. Using the GPS tracker, it will always be possible to discern the cat’s whereabouts. Some collars even offer additional features like light, sound, virtual fence setup, activity monitoring, and more.

Smart Pet Door

Smart Pet DoorA smart pet door has microchip capabilities that help keep your home and your cat safer. The doors can be set up to only allow passage to your pet and prevent other cats from entering the house. It’s also possible to set up a curfew after which the pet door will automatically lock. The pet door can be found in different sizes.

Cat Water Fountain

Cat Water FountainMany owners have noticed that their cats don’t particularly enjoy drinking water from their bowl and will often look for different sources, such as running or dripping faucets. That’s why an automated cat fountain is a great idea. It oxygenates the water, keeping it fresh at all times. What’s more, cats will find the running water entertaining.

Fun for the Whole Family: Bake Focaccia Bread with the Kids

Looking for a way to get your kids to eat their veggies? Have them add peppers, tomatoes, and more onto their crispy yet chewy focaccia bread and put it in the oven to bake. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients for Focaccia Bread

  • 2 ¼ cups of lukewarm water (about 110°F)
  • ¼ oz. of active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 4 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 9 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Vegetables of your choosing – sliced bell peppers, parsley leaves, sliced red onion, halved cherry tomatoes, etc.

Fun for the Whole Family: Bake Focaccia Bread with the KidsHow to Make the Focaccia Bread

  1. Stir the warm water, yeast, and sugar together in a large bowl. Have it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes until it begins to bubble.
  2. Add the flour and salt, then stir until combined.
  3. Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil into a separate bowl, add flour mixture to the oil, turn to coat. Cover the bowl using plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 8 to 24 hours.
  4. Drizzle 4 tablespoons of olive oil into a 13×18-inch baking pan. Spread the oil evenly using your hands around the bottom and the sides of the pan. Push down gently on the dough and place it in the prepared pan so that it’s ready to bake. Once you’ve pushed the dough to evenly cover the bottom of the pan, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise at room temperature for about 11 ½ hours.

Get Ready to Bake the Bread

  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F and remove the plastic wrap from the pan.
  2. Dimple the focaccia bread using your fingertips.
  3. Arrange your vegetables on top and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  4. Bake the focaccia bread for about 25 to 30 minutes.
  5. Allow it to cool and serve.

Dutch grain/bread landscapeGet the Kids Involved

Allow the kids to get involved by having them mix the ingredients in the bowl. They can also press the dough into the pan, spreading it out into the edges and even poking the dough with their fingertips. Allow them to get creative by having them add the vegetables on top.