If it moves, it dies.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
HOUSE cleaning is more arduous with indoor pets. Cats and dogs, even the short-haired ones, shed regularly, so routine sweeping is necessary or your floor will soon be carpeted with pet hair.
But not everyone has time to always clean after their pets, so your place gets “hairy” before you can pick up the broom and dustpan again. One solution is to use one of these cylindrical robot vacuum cleaners that can sweep your fur littered floor as often as you want.
Online shops offer a wide range of smart vacuum cleaners that can perform cursory sweeping while you do other things. One of the cheapest brands we found online is the Tocool TC-350 Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Remote Control that costs from P2,999 to P3,299 depending on the color.
This little machine is a life saver as it does the sweeping for you, even in hard to reach places such as under your bed, table and cabinets. Plus it gives pets, cats most especially, some moment of entertainment as they follow the vacuum cleaner around.
The Tocool TC-350 Robot Vacuum Cleaner has two side brushes, a sensor and a wheel at the front and back. It has a dirt collector inside the size of a kid's lunch box. Ideally, we prefer a bigger dirt bin but maybe the more expensive brands and models will have it.
It's a hardworking robot that will keep on going around the room and in every nook and cranny as long as its battery allows. The battery fully charges overnight and then it works for a long time.
The remote control lets you direct where the Tocool TC-350 should sweep but it's better to just let it carry on with its task so you can do yours, too. So far, we've not seen it get stuck in a corner or tight spot. After some maneuverings, it always finds a way to set itself free and continue sweeping.
When it's on, this clever sweeper automatically stops working if you pick it up, but instantly resumes when replaced on the floor. Always clean the dirt receptacle, the brushes and the wheels after use as some fur tends to coil around these parts.
We recommend this or any similar type of robot vacuum cleaner to those with free roaming pets inside their homes. This modern appliance helps keep the fur and other dirt on the floor to a minimum at the push of a button. It's truly the little helper that could.
Here's a short clip during the first time our resident cat reviewer took the Tocool TC-350 out for a spin.
FRENCH company Weenect which develops GPS trackers connected to a mobile app and a website has designed one exclusively for cats.
The Weenect Cats GPS collar is essentially the world's first mobile phone for cats. This innovation allows cat owners to remotely “call” their cats as the collar is fitted with a microphone and speaker.
Lightweight (25g) and compact (the smallest GPS tracker in the world), it comes in a silicone case that can be attached to a cat's collar. With its real-time location tracking, the Weenect Cats GPS helps cat owners monitor their wandering felines' outdoor movements, precisely to the nearest three meters.
The GPS collar has a smart chip that can be configured to several zones (e.g. home, friends, neighbors) and to receive notifications whenever the subject cat enters or leaves a predefined perimeter. The Weenect Cats GPS runs on batteries.
Watch this "intriguing" video to see how it works:
FOLLOW YOUR CAT
Unless a cat has wandered off too far, the Weenect Cats GPS mobile app track its whereabout using three tracking options: Map, Compass and Augmented Reality (the Augmented Reality feature shows the cat's location using the phone's camera). The owner can also call their cat through their special collar to establish location.
The Weenect Cats GPS also provides an activity history which can help cat owners see if their cats follow a certain pattern of trips or activities when they step out in the big world. The gadget is water-resistant in the unlikely chance that cats find themselves in water.
This innovation is not available in the local market, but can be pre-ordered for £60 (P4,280).
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