Traveling can be wonderfully engaging and exhilarating, but it can also be rather depressing when you have to leave your cats at home for it. Many cats don’t like to be on the road and find changes of scenery stressful and scary, so owners will often leave them behind… but not without feeling extreme pangs of guilt, mind you!
Kittyo is a neat device that has been designed to help us feel closer to our cats while we’re away. Of course it’s no replacement for the real deal, but it can certainly ease the pain of distance, making it one of the more attractive new cat products out there.
So how does it work? Kittyo consists of a device and an app (available through iOS and Android smartphone apps). By using the app, you can control the device. You are able to turn on a sound to get your cat’s attention, move a laser anywhere you please, and dispense delicious treats to your cat all while watching him, talking to him, and even taking pictures or recording him if you choose to. Kittyo is a multiple cat toys all in one device.
Because cats can get a bit rowdy while we’re out and about, the Kittyo device can be clamped tightly to a shelf or attached to the wall to keep it and your cat safe. Consider how calming it would be for your furry friend to hear your voice and then have the device dispense cat treats him. Again, it’s not a replacement for real contact (skin against fur), but this product seems like a lifesaver for those of us with clingy cats.
A Kickstarter campaign will begin in early 2014 to bring Kittyo to market, and you can sign up at Kittyo.com to be updated about how to purchase Kittyo at an introductory discounted price.