Picking out what a pet will have for dinner is often an overwhelming and somewhat emotional experience. There is no true way to know if a cat or dog is feeling like chicken or lamb flavored food, but these fears might be put to rest if a technological invention hits store shelves.
“My animals were always picky eaters”, explained inventor of ‘What’s for Dinner Paps’, Joan Grubbins. “Some days they would want dry food, others they would want the wet, spongy stuff. There was just no way for me to tell what they wanted to eat, and this put a lot of stress on me.”
‘What’s for Dinner Paps’ works with the pet owner’s iPad, iPhone, or Android cellphone. The pet owner will lay out an interactive sheet that has several pictures of favorite pet food. When the pet is hungry they will walk up to the mat and tap what they feel like eating for lunch or dinner. Their selection is sent to the app of the pet owner, and they know what to serve their pets.
“This gives power to the pets”, explains Grubbins. “No longer are the pet owners responsible for picking out what is for dinner, the pet has some say in it.”
There is a short training period required in order to have the pets know which parts of the mat to press. Owners must set up the mat with the different types of food placed on the picture. This allows the pets to develop an association with that food with the picture.
“We offer detailed training courses for the pets”, explains Grubbins. “Pet owners can of course do it themselves if they like, but we do have people who can come to your home and help your pet learn what the pictures stand for.”
‘What’s for Dinner Paps’ was officially unveiled at the recent Cat and Dog Expo in New Hampshire. Several major pet supply retail chains have expressed interest in carrying a product of this nature, and it is expected that this exact version will reach shelves in early 2013.
“I thought it was a fantastic idea”, said owner of 3 cats and 4 dogs, Patty Summers. “I waste so much time figuring out what my pets do or don’t want to eat for dinner, that by then I’m too tired to figure out what I want. Now I can just have them pick what they want and it eliminates the fuss and muss.”
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