Dogs and cats were left hungry for 10 hours after a host of feeding devices controlled with smartphones broke down - leaving pet owners who were away from their homes stuck. A malfunction in PetNet's computer program, which connects'smart' feeders to owners' phones, caused them to stop working and left the company urging its customers to feed their pets'manually'. In an email to its customers a spokesman for PetNet said: 'We are experiencing some difficulties with one of our third party servers. 'You may experience a loss of scheduled feeds and failed remote feedings.' One customer expressed their frustration on Twitter, writing: 'Spend 150 on a fancy pet feeder that doesn't feed your cat when their servers are offline.
The'SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder' opens by a sensor, giving access only to a specific pup or cat at once. The device is also perfect for those with small children who may be prone to touching or accidentally getting into pet food. It also comes in several colors, which makes it easy to distinguish one feeder from the other. Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.
Putting bird feeders in your garden really does help, according to a UK study looking at the growth of bird populations in the past 40 years. "We know that feeding happens on a huge scale in the UK, US, Australia and parts of Europe," says Kate Plummer of the British Trust for Ornithology. "We are trying to understand what the impacts of that might be." Volunteers for the trust have been monitoring which species feed on the food they put out in their gardens since the 1970s. Plummer's team analysed this data to see what changes there have been over time.
The Yankee Flipper takes an active approach to fending off furballs. When anything heavier than 8 ounces lands on the bottom perch, a battery-powered motor spins it, flinging the pest away. This way, it won't hang around trying to claw its way in. At nearly a foot-and-a-half tall, the polycarbonate tube holds up to 5 pounds of avian snacks. Squirrels are heavier than the birds you want at your feeder, a fact that the Brome SquirrelBuster Plus uses to its advantage.