Keep your pets fed and happy with these automations

By The IFTTT Team

May 09, 2024

Keep your pets fed and happy with these automations
  • We get it pet parents; nothing in life is more important than your furry or fishy friends. Your pets deserve all the love and attention in the world, yet sometimes we are so busy with work or school that Fido gets put on the back burner.

    Not anymore! By using an automatic feeder or ball tosser, coupled with IFTTT's ever-growing selection of automations, you will rest assured knowing your pets are always pampered.

    Or, in the case that your dog, cat, lizard, or the like gets out of the house, you will be the first to know. Don't leave it to your neighbor; get pinged with GPS coordinates of your pet when they leave a certain area.

    Join today and unlock the full potential of over 800 apps and services, including automatic feeders, pet GPS trackers, and more smart devices.

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    Are pet automations the future?

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    As technology continues to advance, pet owners are increasingly turning to automated solutions to assist in caring for their pets. These systems can offer various advantages, from dispensing food and water to facilitating playtime with their furry companions.

    They allow pet owners to keep a close eye on their pets' well-being through a smart home hub, even if they are not physically present with them. The cost of pet sitters and dog walkers continues to rise, so this solution is not ideal for many people.

    Automated cat and dog feeders can provide specific meals at regular intervals or on command while automated litter boxes and poop scooping systems make it easier to maintain cleanliness without the need for constant manual intervention.

    Automated pet cameras help monitor the behavior and health of pets even from remote locations.

    Overall, automated pet care aims to improve the convenience and comfort of pets while easing the workload and worries of pet owners.

    Why you should consider automated pet care

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    With the demands of modern life, taking care of your pets' needs can be a challenge. That's why automating pet care is becoming increasingly popular among pet owners.

    In fact, a recent survey found that 79% of pet owners believe that technology can improve their pet's quality of life.

    IFTTT is a great solution that can help pet owners automate a variety of pet care tasks. With the ability to automate feeding, playtime, and even grooming, pet owners can easily take care of their pets' essential needs from anywhere they want, at any time.

    Not only does this enhance owners' peace of mind, but it also provides a safer and healthier environment for their pets.

    Automating pet care provides several benefits, including better health outcomes for pets. A diet that is consistent and the right portion size keeps pets at an optimal weight, which reduces the risk of health issues.

    Moreover, consistent playtime through automated toys and entertainment reduces boredom, improves socialization, and reduces stress levels in pets.

    Benefits and pricing of common pet apps

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    Automation apps for pets are revolutionizing the way pet owners care for their furry companions. They save time, make pet care more convenient, and enhance the overall well-being of pets. Here's a review of some of the best automation apps for pet owners:

    Link My Pet

    Link My Pet is a health tracker that connects to a pet activity monitor. Users can track their pet's activity level, monitor their drinking and eating habits, and set alerts for when their pet needs food, playtime or a walk.

    With Link My Pet, pet owners have a better understanding of their pet's health and can adjust their routine accordingly. Keep in mind, the app requires the purchase of a separate pet activity monitor to access the features offered by the app.


    PetKit is a comprehensive solution that offers several features, including feeding schedules, activity monitoring, and remote treat dispensing.

    While using PetKit, a pet parent can automate several tasks, including meal time, playtime, and treat dispensing. The app also provides information on the environment around your furry friends, including temperature and humidity levels.

    Pet owners must choose an automation app that fits their pet's needs, budget, and lifestyle to provide a rewarding experience. Most apps described above have versions for a mobile device, too.

    Overall, the benefits of automation apps for pets are numerous and are worth considering for pet owners seeking optimal care.

    Integrations for feeding and cleaning


    Feed my cat every day at 10am with littleBits Remote Pet Feeder Link littleBit's automatic cat feeder to a timer to avoid any meal-time grudges from your grumpy cat. Users can also set how much food is dispensed at mealtimes.

    Integrations for monitoring


    Every day at 09:00 AM, turn on your Withings Home and set it to Active Monitoring. Keep an eye on what your pets are up to throughout the day with this helpful automation. Forget manually turning on your home camera system every morning, let us do the work for you!

    Send Line message and snapshot when SpotCam detects pet Sometimes your pets tend to be shy, or lazy. Set this applet to automatically send you a Line message when your pet enters a certain area. This way, you can know in real-time when your Fluffy goes to eat or enters a no-go part of the house.

    Integrations for temperature control

    Poodle-puppy-wearing-a-jacket-in-winter __Get a notification when your Nest Thermostat drops below _° During winter months, keeping your pets safe and warm is the highest priority. If your Nest Thermostat detects too low of a temperature, our applet will send you a notification.

    __When motion is detected, set your Nest Thermostat to _° For those longer vacations or business trips, use this applet to turn on your Nest system when motion is detected. This way, your home will always be the perfect temperature for your loved one.

    Integrations for exercise


    Send my pet's detailed activity to Dropbox Ever wonder what your best friend does all day? Now you can see exactly what they are up to, with a personalized report delievered to your Dropbox daily.

    Lazy dog? Take him for a walk! By linking the Whistle App and other notification services, this applet helps doggie parents keep track of their pet's activity and manage a pet's weight. The applet will send you a ping to walk your dog when its activity levels are too low.

    Why choose IFTTT?

    IFTTT offers a wide range of applets to keep your pet happy, healthy and safe. With IFTTT, you can automate tasks for feeding, cleaning, monitoring and temperature control so that you don't have to worry about the wellbeing of your furry friend.

    Plus, with IFTTT's easy-to-use interface, you can customize your pet's care with just a few clicks. With IFTTT, caring for your pet has never been easier!

    What is IFTTT?

    IFTTT, short for If This Then That, is our free web-based service that enables users to automate repetitive tasks between over 800 different web applications and connected devices.

    The platform uses commands called applets that are designed to trigger a specific action once a specific event occurs. For example, one applet may automatically turn on a user’s smart lights when they arrive home or text the user the latest news headlines every morning.


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    We hope this article has given you a better understanding of the potential benefits of using IFTTT to care for your pet. Automating pet care doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated, and by using IFTTT, you can tailor-fit a pet care routine that fits your pet's needs, budget, and lifestyle to ensure their happiness and wellbeing.

    With IFTTT, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing pet is in safe hands – even when you’ not around. So what are you waiting for? Get started today, and happy automating!

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