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Loads of products were geared toward making it easier to pack up and get out with your pets. From innovative beds to small, travel-friendly grooming products and more, the companies here are very aware that our favorite travel friends have four legs.
While it’s not a brand-new concept, we dug the Petmate Memory Foam Kennel Mats. These soft, comfy mats can function as an everyday kennel mat, but what we loved was the fact that they roll up into a small package fastened with a strap, making it a piece of cake to grab and go.
We were also drawn in by the Kat Pak, a disposable (but fairly durable) litter house. Although the company claims you never have to scoop again, we advise scooping daily. Popware for Pets Snack-DuO with Collapsible Companion Cup allows you to transport water and pet food in an easy-to-carry bottle (similar to the H-DuO). Jelly Wellies from BH Pet Gear were another adorable option — the matching rain jackets and booties mean rainy weather doesn’t have to be a reason to leave your stylish pup at home.
Tech is everywhere — in collars and feeders, on doors and floors. While there’s nothing wrong with keeping it old school when it comes to everything dog and cat, going high-tech is certainly on trend. However, one note of caution, particularly with wearables: Always make sure your pet isn’t chewing on or ingesting pieces of the device!
PetChatz (available now) definitely falls into the tech category, with a heavy emphasis on bonding. It’s a two-way device that lets you check on, treat and even video chat with your pet.
The TRIXIE Dog Activity Memory Trainer takes the food puzzle up a notch with two separate parts — a button and a food dispenser. The dispenser itself has multiple levels of difficulty! And, there were loads of options for collars that track your dog’s activity... and then some. We saw the StarWalk (available now), which focuses on activity and fitness, and more new products like the Motorola SCOUT5000 and Voyce, which offer additional features like tracking vital signs, giving bark alerts, keeping tabs with GPS and more.
Tons of products across all categories were designed to offer new and fun ways to bond with your pet. Think about it — those on-the-go products allow you to spend more time with your pets, and technology allows you to connect with them in new ways.
Katris, a modern, cardboard cat scratcher/climber (available now), drew a lot of admiring looks for its clean lines and attractive design. We loved the product’s focus on bringing kitty’s favorite things out into the areas where her people live, and other companies like Sauder are offering some flat-out stunning options for pet-friendly furnishings.
Grooming products also put a major focus on making the experience a time to bond rather than a chore. Groomie, a product soon to hit the market from Hagen, is a soft, silicone brush that makes it easy to incorporate a quick brushing anywhere, and Dry Buddies is a towel designed to turn messy post-bath time into a snuggle session.
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