X

Pet-friendly tips for your smart home

Use these tips and products around your home to make the lives of your furry friends better.

Alina Bradford
Alina Bradford has been writing how-tos, tech articles and more for almost two decades. She currently writes for CNET's Smart Home Section, MTVNews' tech section and for Live Science's reference section. Follow her on Twitter.
Alina Bradford
sureflap-microchip-pet-door-dog-outside-upvc-door
1 of 15 SureFlap

Upgrade your dog door

A smart doggie door is a great way to update your smart home. For example, the SureFlap pet door has an app that allows you to control the door remotely. Here are five reasons why you'll want to upgrade to a smart dog door.

cat-using-skype.jpg
2 of 15 Alina Bradford

Talk to your cat using Skype

Animals that are lonely are more prone to destroying stuff around your home. One way to keep your pets company while you're away is to turn an old tablet into a communication center. Here's how, using Skype.

oomi-cube-camera-feed
3 of 15 Ry Crist/CNET

Make a nanny cam

Or, if you just want to check in without disturbing your pet, turn your security camera to point at where your pets hang out and use the app to spy on them.

furbo-dog-camera-the-only-treat-tossing-dog-camera
4 of 15 Furbo

Give them treats remotely

If you check on your pet and they're being good, give them a treat using a remote feeder like Furbo Dog Camera or the Petzi Wi-Fi Camera and Treat Dispenser. As a bonus, these feeders take a digital photo of your pet and send it to you. Aww, cute!

dog-and-alexa
5 of 15 Alina Bradford/CNET

Get Alexa to talk to your dog

Another way to keep your pet company is to have Alexa talk to your dog. The Dog Talk skill lets the Amazon assistant talk to your dog using their name and proper gender. That's a good girl!

audible-for-dogs
6 of 15 Alina Bradford/CNET

Audible for dogs

Audible for dogs is another skill Alexa can use to calm and soothe them during lonely times by reading audiobooks while you're away.

iphone-x-portrait-fish-mode-2
7 of 15 Patrick Holland/CNET

Feed your fish, too

If you're going to be gone for a few days, you don't need to hire someone to feed your fish. Try an automated feeder like Eheim Everyday Fish Feeder or the EcoSmart Live feeder. With the EcoSmart you can even tell Alexa to tell the feeder when to drop food.

cnet-smart-home-pr-images-9482
8 of 15 Josh Miller

Search for answers

When your pet is acting sick and you don't want to leave its side, get your home assistant, such as Google Home or Alexa to look up symptoms for you. Then, have it call your vet.

wag-81agkcomual-sl1500
9 of 15 Amazon

Order food with your home hub

Don't forget that you can order food and treats using your Alexa, too. For example, you can order Wag, Amazon's new pet products brand for Prime members, and get two-day free shipping.

img-8865
10 of 15 Alina Bradford/CNET

Vacuum your dog

I have two Husky furbabies, and they shed enough for five dogs. A good solution to keep your home fur-free is to get an attachment for your vacuum that brushes the coat and sucks up loose fur, like the Dyson Groom Tool or the Beam Pin Comb. Of course, this is only a good idea if your dog isn't afraid of the vacuum cleaner.

dog-photos
11 of 15 Alina Bradford/CNET

Find pet photos fast

If you're the type of pet parent who loves showing off photos of your babies, then you'll like this tip. To find photos quickly, activate your phone's assistant, such as Siri, Google or Bixby and say, "Show me cat/dog photos." The assistant will search your photos and show you all that it could find featuring your pet.

google-lens
12 of 15 Screenshot by Alina Bradford/CNET

Learn more about your pet

Want to know more about your pet? Take a snap of your cat, dog, bird, lizard or whatever with Google Lens. The app will scan the photo of your pet, then give you information about their breed or type.

birds
13 of 15 Alina Bradford/CNET

Don't let your smart home drive your pet crazy

According to an article by CNET's Brian Cooley, sounds and lights triggered by your smart appliances and gadgets may be aggravating your pet. Here are some ways to lessen the effect of technology on your animal.

cat-and-spray
14 of 15 Alina Bradford/CNET

Spray away smells

Pet make an oopsie? I like to call this quick fix pee-be-gone spray. Mix 16 ounces (about 500 ml) of warm water with 10 drops of peppermint essential oil or two tablespoons of peppermint extract in a large spray bottle. Spray the spot after you've cleaned it and let the spray sit a few hours. 

2bddd56c9488c7b258bd861a1427ef14.jpg
15 of 15 Jennifer Bisset/CNET

More Galleries

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera
A houseplant

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera

20 Photos
Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra
magic-v2-2024-foldable-1383

Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

10 Photos
The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum
Samsung Galaxy S24

The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum

23 Photos
Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design
The Galaxy S24 Ultra in multiple colors

Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design

23 Photos
I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites
img-0368.jpg

I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

34 Photos
Do You Know About These 17 Hidden iOS 17 Features?
Invitation for the Apple September iPhone 15 event

Do You Know About These 17 Hidden iOS 17 Features?

18 Photos
AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?
img-1599-2.jpg

AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?

17 Photos