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Gadgets galore to pamper your pets

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Christmas is coming up fast, and chances are your pets are on your Christmas list, along with your loved ones.

The latest survey finds three quarters of us buy Christmas gifts for our pets. In fact, two thirds of us spend more money on them than our partners.

So what do you get the pet that has almost everything? There are more gadgets and gizmos than ever before. Some are pricy, some affordable, high tech and low.

Whether it gurgles, vibrates or plays music, if you've got a pet, there's a gadget just for them.

Belinda Smith of East Lake says her cats boycotted the water bowl.

"My cats were always drinking out of the toilet, out of the sink, out of the pool," she said.

So she took a fresh approach and invested in an always-flowing fountain.

"I don't ever see them drinking out of anything else but that now. I like it. They love it," Smith says.

They say music soothes the savage beast, and the ICalmDog promises to ease your dog's anxiety. Kathy Splawn, owner of "Dogs for the Earth" organic dog food on Anna Maria Island, says her foster dog, "Gracie," used to whine and pace the floor.

"We started using it with her at night when she would sleep, and she would sleep right through the night," Splawn said.

Billed as an "iPawd" for your canine companion, it's portable, too.

"Just like an iPod or your smartphone or anything. Makes it just that much easier, cause you can literally take it anywhere with you," Splawn said.

Got a sedentary cat? One of our FOX 13 producers didn't think her 14-year-old "Kit" would fall for a laser toy, but she gave it a try. Jessica Stanley was amazed by Kit's reaction.

"I was definitely surprised. The second I turned it on she absolutely went crazy," Stanley said.

Kristen Levine is a pet lifestyle expert and founder of Fetching Communications. She says those items are just a tiny sample of what's going on in the world of pet gadgets.

"Technology is the biggest trending area in the pet industry," she says.

Levine demonstrated a training device designed to reward your dog for not barking. Called the "Treat n' Praise," it dispenses treats by way of a remote device you control.

"Doorbell rings. Dog's barking. You tell the dog to be quiet. Dog's quiet. Time to treat them," Levine said.

But would it keep our intrepid consumer reporter's dog from barking at every dog that passes by his house? Chris Chmura gave it a try, but "Lady" wasn't nibbling.

"When she wasn't outright afraid of it, she was over at it, barking at it, demanding food -- which brings us right back to the core problem. The barking," Chmura said.

Levine says, while gadgets like these can be fun or helpful, some can be lifesavers. Her dog, "Chilly," always wears his "TAGG GPS Pet Tracker," which alerted her with a text message when he escaped from her sister's house.

"We were able to pinpoint the address where he was. And he had run down the street, about six houses down and was in a neighbor's yard," Levine said.

All the products we showed and/or tested range in price from $39.99 to $99.99.


For more information:

Drinkwell Lotus Fountain retails for $79.95

IcalmDog retails for $79.95

Frolicat Dart Duo retails for $39.95

Treat n' Praise retails for $79.95

Tagg--The Pet Tracker retails for $99.99


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