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25 Best Cat Gadgets of 2021 – Reviews & Top Picks

There’s a huge number of cat gadgets available that can make life with your cat easier and more fun. We’ve rounded up the top 25 best cat gadgets of 2020. From automatic feeders to remote control toys and self-cleaning litter boxes, add a few gadgets to your home and free up more time to spend hanging out with your cat.cat face divider 2

Pet Tech

Adding technology to your cat’s routine can certainly make it easier to look after your furry friend. Whether it’s a camera to help keep an eye on your cat when you’re away from home or a tracker so you can see just how far they roam, we’ve rounded up the best pet tech.

1. Petcube Play 2 Play Wi-Fi Pet Camera1Petcube Play 2

The Petcube has 1080p full HD video that can capture the whole room, so you can easily check what your cat is up to. It also has night vision. The video is triggered by sound and motion, and you can set up the matching app to send you a notification. It also has a laser toy that you can control from your phone or set up to turn on automatically. It even has a microphone, so you can tell your cat how good they are.


2. Pawbo Wi-Fi Interactive Pet Camera and Treat Dispenser2Pawbo+

This wide-angle camera allows you to keep an eye on your cat, no matter where you are! It includes 720p HD video and 4x digital zoom. It even has a two-way microphone so you can speak to your cat. Using the connected app, you can control sound effects, a light game, and even a treat dispenser! You can add up to eight users, so everyone in the family can see what your cat gets up to.


3. Cube Bluetooth Smart Tracker3Cube Bluetooth Smart Tracker

Do you ever wonder what your cat gets up to when they’re outside? Wonder no more! This Bluetooth tracker attaches to your cat’s collar and allows you to track where your cat is using the Cube Tracker app. The tag is waterproof and has a 100-foot Bluetooth range. The app will display the last known location of your cat on a map.


4. PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor4PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor

If you have problems with other cats entering your home and upsetting your cat on their territory, then this cat door is the answer. It uses radio-frequency technology to only allow access if a cat is wearing the corresponding SmartKey on their collar. It can be programmed to detect five different SmartKeys, but it only comes with one SmartKey to get you started.


5. PawBo iPuppy Go Cat Activity Tracker

Pawbo iPuppy

If you’re curious as to whether your cat is getting enough exercise, this activity tracker can help you find the answers. IT monitors everything from sleeping patterns, activity level, and calorie consumption. It also has a mood index to help you figure out if your cat is hungry, sleepy, happy, or playful.

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6. ArfPets Automatic Cat Feeder6Arf Pets Automatic Dog & Cat Feeder

This automatic cat feeder allows you to set four meals a day to be automatically dispensed. The size of each meal can be customized and the times adjusted using the LCD clock and display. You can even record a greeting for your cat so they know that it’s time to come and get their meal! This can run on batteries, or you can plug it into a power socket.


7. PetSafe Eatwell 5-Automatic Cat Feeder7PetSafe Eatwell 5-Meal Automatic Dog & Cat Feeder

This battery-powered feeder can hold 5 cups of dry food, and you can program these to be released at different times throughout the day. This slim-line automatic feeder can also be used to dispense treats instead of a full meal; simply fill the bowls with whatever food that you’d like your cat to eat! The food tray is dishwasher safe and made from BPA-free plastic.


8. SureFeed Microchip Cat Feeder8SureFeed Microchip Small Dog & Cat Feeder

If you have different cats that need specific prescription diets, then this microchip or RFID tag activated feeder is the answer. The sealed bowl will remain shut until your designated pet arrives, the lid will open for them and shut again as they leave. The bowl can hold wet or dry food and will keep food fresh and pest free.


9. PetSafe Smart Feed 2.0 Automatic Cat Feeder9PetSafe Smart Feed

This next-generation automatic feeder works with Amazon Echo, so you can ask Alexa to feed your cat if you’re at work. This feeder can schedule up to 12 meals a day, at quantities from 1/8th cup to 4 cups per meal. The slow feed setting releases small meals every 15 minutes. Multiple family members can control this via their smartphones so you know that your cat will never go hungry!


10. ArfPets Memory & Training Activity Treat Dispenser10Arf Pets Memory & Training Activity Dog Treat Dispenser

If you’ve got a cat that loves performing tricks for treats, then they’re going to have so much fun with this treat dispenser. By pressing with button with their paw, they can release a portion of treats. A sound also plays to let your cat know that they’ve done the right thing. This releases a different amount of treats each time, keeping the element of surprise.

3 cat face dividerCat Water Fountains

Some cats need more encouragement to drink than others, especially if they eat a primarily dry food diet. Cat water fountains are the perfect solution, as the movement of the water entices your cat to come and get hydrated!

11. Catit Flower Plastic Cat Fountain1Catit Flower Plastic Cat Fountain

This is one of the best-selling cat water fountains and for good reason! It is great value for money, has three different water settings, and is easy to clean. Because there’s no bowl, there’s less chance of the water getting contaminated by dirt and dust. Plus, the replaceable, triple-action filter removes calcium, magnesium, and any odors.


12. Frisco Round Pet Fountain2Frisco Round Pet Fountain

If your cat prefers a bubbling fountain to one with a running stream, then this is a great choice. This fountain has a 50-ounce capacity and a 6-foot cord, which makes it easy to position this wherever your cat prefers, without having to worry about it being near a power source. This fountain has a sleek and neutral look that won’t be out of place in any décor.


13. Drinkwell Pagoda Ceramic Cat Fountain3Drinkwell Pagoda Ceramic Dog & Cat

This unique porcelain cat water fountain brings a touch of style to your home, while also providing a fresh stream of running water for your cat to drink. The large capacity of 70 ounces means you don’t need to worry about your cats running out of water. The efficient filter keeps the water crystal clear. This design has two different dish heights for your cat to choose from.


14. Pioneer Pet Swan Cat Drinking Fountain4Pioneer Pet Swan Cat Drinking Fountain

This stylish and sleek cat drinking fountain can hold up to 80 ounces of water and can be powered by a USB connection or a regular wall socket. This has a replaceable charcoal filter and is made from BPA-free plastic. Your cat can drink from the pool in the base or from the swan neck, which is designed to mimic a faucet, and we all know that cats love to drink from those!


15. Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Cat Fountain5Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain

Stainless steel is an excellent choice as a hygienic material for your cat’s water fountain. This bowl holds 1 gallon of water and has a submersible pump that’s almost silent. You can adjust the flow to reduce splashing, and this has a rubber base to prevent it from slipping and sliding on your floors. It’s also dishwasher safe, making it even easier to keep clean.

cat paw dividerInteractive Toys

Most cats love playing, and it’s a great way to bond with your cat and help meet their basic needs for hunting and stalking. Investing in electronic and interactive toys is a great way to encourage your cat to play more, and few can resist the movement and lights of these toys.

16. Jackson Galaxy Spiral Galaxy LED Balls Cat Toy6Jackson Galaxy Spiral Galaxy LED Balls Cat Toy

Jackson Galaxy knows a thing or two about cats, and his line of toys have been specifically developed to encourage your cat’s natural hunting instincts. These bright yellow balls have LEDs in them that light up as your cat bats each ball. Most cats can’t resist chasing these flashing balls, and for us owners, it’s great fun to sit and watch them!


17. Trixie Brain Mover Activity Strategy Cat Toy7Trixie Brain Mover Activity Strategy Game Cat Toy

Created by a cat expert, this toy is designed to be filled with treats, and your cat needs to figure out how to reach them! There are four different modules, including pushing balls out of the way, opening drawers using a lever, moving sliders, and pulling loops to open secret compartments. Your cat will have to concentrate hard to find all the treats hidden within.


18. Hexburg Remote Control Mouse8Hexbug Remote Control Mouse Cat Toy

This sweet remote-controlled toy will allow you and your cat to have hours of fun! The battery-powered mouse has a soft rubber tail that wiggles back and forth when it’s turned on, guaranteed to catch your cat’s attention! You control this mouse using the easy-to-operate remote control, and you can even buy multiple mice and control them all at once!


19. PetSafe Bolt Interactive Laser Cat ToyPetSafe Bolt

This battery-operated laser toy uses a rotating mirror to create random laser beams that your kitty will love to chase. Leaving this toy on automatic mode is a great way to keep your cat entertained while you’re busy, or you can switch this to manual mode and create your own patterns for your cat to chase. This has a timer to switch the laser off after 15 minutes.


20. SmartyKat Hot Pursuit Electronic Concealed Motion Cat Toy10SmartyKat Hot Pursuit Electronic Concealed Motion Cat Toy

We all know how many cats can’t resist pouncing on their toys, and this concealed motion toy provides hours of fun and encourages plenty of exercise. A concealed wand spins under the fabric cover, and you can attach different toys, depending on what your cat loves the best. You can also vary the speed to suit your cat’s activity levels. This also lights up, so you may find that your cat loves it even more at night time!

yarn ball dividerLitter Box Technology  

Is cleaning the litter tray your least favorite aspect of cat ownership? Check out our selection of litter box gadgets to make that chore a little easier.

21. Litter-Robot11Litter-Robot WiFi Enabled Automatic Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box

This Wi-Fi-enabled litter box is self-cleaning, so you can sit back and enjoy life with your cat without daily litter box cleaning! As soon as your cat steps out of this box, the self-cleaning technology sets to work sifting the litter. The enclosed waste drawer has carbon-filtered technology to reduce odors, and you can connect the app to let you know when it’s time to empty the waste drawer.


22. ScoopFree Original Automatic Cat Litter Box12ScoopFree Original Automatic Cat Litter Box

This self-cleaning litter box uses disposable trays for a totally hands-off way to keep your cat’s litter box clean and tidy. The crystal litter is extremely effective at controlling odors and absorbing urine on contact. Depending on how many cats are using this box, you’ll only need to replace the soiled tray every couple of weeks. How amazing is that!


23. PetSafe Simply Clean Self-Cleaning Litter Box13PetSafe Simply Clean Self-Cleaning Litter Box

If you have multiple cats, this self-cleaning litter box removes waste every 30 minutes, keeping everything clean and fresh. With a super-quiet motor, this box has an LED light to let you know that it’s working correctly. All the waste gets moved into a separate covered bin for easy removal. This box also has a carbon filter to reduce odors and works best with clumping litter.


24. Nature’s Miracle Multi-Cat Self-Cleaning Litter Box14Nature's Miracle Multi-Cat Self-Cleaning Litter Box

This extra-large box has a motion sensor that detects when your cat has left the box so it knows when to initiate a cleaning cycle. The high walls are designed to prevent litter scatter, and the paw-cleaning ramp stops litter from tracking across your floors. There’s even a night light setting to help you and your cats see where this box is in the dark!


25. ScoopFree Top-Entry Ultra Automatic Cat Litter Box15ScoopFree Top-Entry Ultra Automatic Cat Litter Box

Some cats prefer a top-entry litter box, and the good news is that these are also available in automatic varieties. This box is designed to work with crystal cat litter for the best results. This box even has a health counter, so you can see how many times that your cat has used it, which is a great feature if you’re trying to keep an eye on your cat’s litter tray habits but don’t want to do all the cleaning up.


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