The Petnet SmartFeeder now works with Amazon Alexa!

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At Petnet, it’s our goal to make pet owners’ lives easier and ensure our furry friends are living their healthiest lives. Today, we are excited to introduce a new way for SmartFeeder users to do just that – you can now control your Petnet SmartFeeder with your voice, thanks to Amazon Alexa integration!

Now, feeding your pet is even easier than before: all you have to do is say, “Alexa, ask Petnet to feed Fido a half a cup,” and voila, food is dispensed! You can dispense anywhere between 1/16 and 1 and ½ cups of food with the SmartFeeder – just by using your voice.

This is especially helpful for those of us who have dogs and cats that like to wake us up extra early on days they are feeling particularly hungry. Instead of getting up to give them a snack, or even having to roll over and press the “feed” button on your Petnet app, all you have to do is mutter a few words and your pet will happily trot off to eat and leave you in peace.

Learn more about the Petnet SmartFeeder Alexa Skill here.

 

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In addition to the handy Alexa integration, Petnet also works with Nest Cam, enabling you to see your pet eating each meal. The Nest Cam, an indoor security camera with 24/7 live streaming, night vision, and personalized alerts, works seamlessly with our app and SmartFeeder. The Nest Cam motion detector senses when your pet cozies up to his SmartFeeder for dinner, so you can monitor him munching away and note if they aren’t eating properly. By having both technologies work together harmoniously, you can trust SmartFeeder for consistent feedings, and watch from afar like the proud pet parent you are with Nest Cam.

Learn more about SmartFeeder and Nest Cam here.

 

Happy Mother’s Day and Chihuahua Appreciation Day!

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Happy International Chihuahua Appreciation day! It’s also Mother’s Day, so while we celebrate moms (and pet moms) today, let’s take some time to shine a spotlight on our little feisty Chihuahua pals, too.

The Chihuahua finds its origins in Mexico, a fact which Taco Bell took into their own hands to advertise their tacos in 1997. Remember the Taco Bell Chihuahua? (RIP, Gidget.)

Chihuahuas are the smallest existing dogs with explosive personalities. They’re definitely the most feisty—their feistiness is practically 50 times their size. Unfortunately, that gives Chihuahuas an unfavorable reputation, being known as “nasty dogs that bite.”

Their feistiness shouldn’t overshadow their eccentric and beaming personalities! Despite their ability to instill the fear that they’ll pounce on us and rip us to shreds, Chihuahuas are lovable and respectable dogs, and this post is here to highlight that.

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1. They’re immensely loyal and devoted.
Feisty loyalty is a key trait of Chihuahuas. They form strong attachments to their owners, and would totally pounce on a bigger dog to protect their owners. Studies have noted the Chihuahua’s particular aggressiveness towards humans and other dogs.

2. Chihuahuas could die of a broken heart.
Speaking of devoted loyalty, they’re actually known to die if their owners do—that’s how much they love them! If that didn’t tug on a heartstring, I don’t know what would.

3. They’re great hot packs.
Chihuahuas tend to sit on their owners because they’re huge suckers for warmth, since their small bodies get cold easily. On a cold winter night, you and a Chihuahua could keep each other as warm as the fuzzy feelings in your heart.

Fun fact: They used to serve as hot packs during ancient times. (Did people just casually whip out a Chihuahua every time they felt cold? Maybe.)

4. Chihuahuas are intelligent, fast learners.
They could surely perform well in obedience and agility trials, if you make the training fun and rewarding for them by giving them positive reinforcement. When trained well, Chihuahuas could be enthusiastic competitors.

5. They can be super active.
If you hate sitting around all day, Chihuahuas can relate. Chihuahuas generally have high energy levels, so they crave activity and can become really hyper. Take a Chihuahua on a light jog with you some day; human running buddies are overrated.

On that note, Chihuahuas are one of the easiest dogs to overfeed due to their small size. Overfeeding eventually leads to being overweight… which would make being active difficult for Chihuahuas.

Accurately measure your Chihuahua’s daily food needs using the Petnet Smartfeeder to keep them happy and healthy; it’s one way to show your appreciation for your unique companion.

In turn, your Chihuahua will appreciate you, too!

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Photo credit: @pippa.thechihuahua

Getting started with the SmartFeeder

The setup and installation of SmartFeeder takes just a few minutes.

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1. Download Petnet App

To configure your SmartFeeder, you’ll need to download the Petnet App. It is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

 


 

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2. Create your Petnet account, register your pet and food

Follow the directions on the Petnet App to create your user account, add you pet’s profile and register your food.

 


 

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3. Power on the bowl

The power switch is located on the rear right side of the bowl. Once powered on, the red LED on the front left of the bowl will blink on and off.

 


 

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4. Connect bowl with you phone

The power witch is located on the rear right side of the bowl. Once powered on, the red LED on the front left of the bowl will blink on and off.

 


 

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5. Connect SmartFeeder to Wi-Fi

The Petnet App will guide you through each step using a proprietary blinking process to connect with your bowl.

 


 

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6. Set up your SmartFeeder

Place the stainless steel bowl insert on top of the bowl. Slide the bowl into SmartFeeder housing as shown below. Connect A/C adapter to wall outlet.

 


 

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7. Add food to hopper

Pour food into the hopper and fill it, leaving a 1 inch clearance at the top.

 


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8. Congratulations! You’re all set up.

Use the Petnet App to set up feeding times and portion sizes.

A Dog Solves His Busy Owner’s Crisis

Happy National Pet Day! Our pets deserve the best and we know sometimes our busy schedules may prevent us from spending the time we wish we could. So on National Pet Day, why not treat them to something they want?

The SmartFeeder now gives you the control of your pet’s feeding from your Smartphone and also gives you notifications like feeding time, meal confirmations, and food supply. Now you can feed your pet while you’re away, anytime, anywhere. Here’s to making your pet healthy and happy.

Introducing the SmartFeeder Ramp – because not all pet food is created equal.

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When we were designing the SmartFeeder we tested many types of dry food, but there are still certain shapes and sizes of kibble that lock together like building blocks and clog the chute.

That’s why we’ve created the SmartFeeder Ramp, to help every kibble slide into the bowl effortlessly. And because the SmartFeeder sits securely on the custom ramp, the stability is not affected.

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We have been testing the ramp with our own pets and are now ready to share it with you.

If you are an existing SmartFeeder customer and are interested in claiming your free Ramp, you’ll need to locate your SmartFeeder Serial Number found on the bottom of the bowl, and submit your request here.

Food can also get stuck due to residue left on the bowl from oily foods. We recommend washing the bowl every two to three days with soap and hot water. Not only will this help the food dispense, it’s also cleaner for your pets.

If you still need help or have any questions, please visit Customer Support.

CES 2017: Post Show Wrap-up

We kicked off CES at Pepcom’s Digital Experience showcase – and it proved to be a great start! We shared our vision for the future of pet care with friends, fellow startups and media partners.

Our goal at Petnet is to guide pet owners to making healthy choices when it comes to pet food and portion sizes. Our new pet food service – SmartDelivery (currently in beta testing), was the hot topic throughout the night as we explained to people the convenience of never running out of food again while providing the freshest food possible.

The ever-ingenious SmartFeeder and SmartBowl were also on display to illustrate the importance of individual pet data when figuring out healthy portions.

All in all, it was a great night. We’re already planning for next year!

A Day in the Life of Vincent

It’s a common speculation that cats tend to be misunderstood. Will we ever figure out the reason why their massaging service happens at 5 a.m.? Or what about the awkward initiation of a staring contest, and why do they attempt to fit into the smallest of boxes as if it’s their duty?
Wouldn’t it be great to see what mischievous deeds our cats are performing while we’re away? Imagine how convenient it would be if we could understand what they’re saying.

This nobleman cat receives an unexpected Christmas gift that solves the dilemma of not being fed by his busy and forgetful owner.

Lil Bytes: Halloween Candy Corn Pupsicles

Who says Halloween is just for humans? Let your pup in on the fun and whip up some easy DIY Halloween pupsicles for your dog!

Recipe:

1½ cups plain non-fat yogurt
1 banana
½ cup canned pumpkin
5 oz cup

Put 3-4 spoonfuls of yogurt into cup and freeze for 1-1½ hours. Mix pumpkin and 2 spoonfuls of yogurt together, and add 2nd layer into the cup. Freeze for 1-1½ hours. Mash banana and mix with 1 spoonful of yogurt. Add 3rd layer into cup, and freeze for 1-1½ hours. Remove from cup and serve.

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Lil Bytes: Halloween Pumpkin Kitty Treats

Your kitty no longer has to feel left out on Halloween. These simple DIY pumpkin cat treats will have your feline purring all night long.

Recipe:

½ cup unsweetened plain applesauce
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup canned pumpkin
½ cup oatmeal
2 cups rice flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix applesauce, carrots, and pumpkin until smooth. Add oatmeal and rice flour, then mix well until a dough is formed. Place dough balls onto cookie sheet with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes, then flip and bake for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and cool thoroughly before serving.

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

10 Reasons Cats Are Better Than Dogs

1) You can save money by not buying alarm clocks.

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2) You’ll have soft skin from daily litter box foot scrubs.

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3) You don’t have to waste money on expensive beds.

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4) You’ve got a cuddly built-in bug detection system.

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5) They teach you valuable lessons about working hard to earn their affection.

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6) They always win a stare-down.

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7) They’ve got a creative side, as evidenced by their two-ply masterpieces.

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8) They leave you little piles of appreciation. 

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9) They remind you that it’s healthy to take a break from work.

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10) Despite being fluffy little devils, they’ve pounced into our hearts.

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