Pampering your pet doesn’t have to be an expensive affair. There are many simple projects you can try to create either functional accessories to solve a problem or fun ones to spoil your pet. And to give you an idea, here is a list of ten awesome DIY projects that any pet owner would love to try.
1. GPS dog collar
If your pup is a little escape artist or you just love letting your four-legged best friend roam free, this DIY GPS dog collar is the perfect project to spend your free afternoon.
Even better, the GPS collar tracks the dog’s movements and displays the kilometers traveled in a status bar. This makes it easy to keep track of how far you’ve walked your dog: a game changer if you’re always wondering if Fido is getting enough exercise. Check out the building guide from Adafruit.
2. Arduino controlled dog treat dispenser
A treat dispenser is one of the best toys you can ever get for your pup. It slowly dispenses treats and will slow down a food-motivated pup during dinner. It also provides hours of entertainment that your pup will love, especially as they get a tasty treat from it. That way they stay out of your way when you’re busy. Most importantly, a dog treat dispenser is mentally stimulating, which is good for your pup’s health.
The best part? You don’t need to spend any money on this as it is incredibly easy to make. As shown in the Instructables guide, minimal programming knowledge is required along with some easily accessible tools and elements.
If you just got an Arduino and are looking for other ideas to use it, check out some great Arduino projects for beginners.
3. Do-it-yourself internet-enabled aquarium
Imagine an aquarium that can talk and respond to voice commands, has an ultrasonic depth monitor to automatically monitor pH and water level, servo-controlled filters and bubbles, and a digital thermometer to track water temperature remotely? Well, that’s exactly what you can achieve with this DIY project by Hayden Kibble. It allows you to turn a regular aquarium into an IoT aquarium with all the features mentioned plus additional features like an underwater fish camera, timed LED lighting and a scrolling matrix display.
4. Robot Dog Toy
If your job means you spend most of your day away from home and can’t take your pup with you, this DIY robot dog toy is an ideal companion for him when you’re on the go. It features three levers for a dog to play and interact with.
The best part? It’s mentally stimulating as Fido has to learn and push each lever to get the desired action. For example, if you press one of the levers, treats will be dispensed. As outlined in the Instructables guide, the project is designed to stimulate your pup’s instinctive, adaptive, and functioning intelligence, allowing him not only to entertain but also to feed himself when you’re not around.
If you’re looking for more robot brands, check out our top Raspberry Pi robotics projects.
5. Pet Water Attendant
An automatic treat dispenser makes your life as a pet parent a little easier, knowing your dog or kitten will never go hungry. An automatic water dispenser completes the equation by allowing your pup to drink even when you’re not around. And like the auto-treat dispenser, it’s super easy to make too. As detailed on the Make: Magazine project page, it features an Arduino microcontroller to control the water dispensing timer and a small aquarium pump to pump the water into your pet’s bowl.
6. RFID cat flap
If you love your cat but are tired of being woken up in the middle of the night to let them out, this DIY cat door will be a game changer. As detailed in the Instructables guide, it’s controlled by Arduino and uses a large enough DIY antenna as the door. When your cat approaches the door, the antenna detects the RF tag up to four inches away and unlocks. A light comes on immediately and the timer keeps the antenna door unlocked long enough for your kitty to pass through.
With consistent use, your kitten should soon be able to open the door in response to the light, giving them the freedom to come and go as they please without interrupting your sleep.
7. Feeder controlled by Twitter
If you want to limit the time you waste on Twitter and don’t have a feeder, this DIY project can help you solve both problems at the same time. Check out the full build guide on Instructables.
Once this is complete, it will automatically give out pet food or treats in response to activity on your Twitter account. This means you can limit your Twitter usage based on your pet feeding schedule. That way, you’ll spend less time on the app and more time on productive tasks, and your pet will be fed whether you’re home or away.
8. Kitty Twitty cat toy
If you’re the type of pet parent who likes to keep track of what your pet is doing, where they are, or just need to check on them after every lesson, you’ll love this DIY cat toy. As detailed on Make: Magazine’s project page, it automatically sends tweets to your account whenever it’s running or when connected, giving you peace of mind knowing your furry best friend is okay.
Like most of the projects on our list of great DIY projects every pet owner should try, it’s also Arduino controlled. Even if you don’t have a cat, you can change it to tweet almost anything.
9. Crittergram Capture Cam
Always late to snap photos of your pet doing something unusual or just being the most photogenic version of yourself? With the Crittergram Capture Camera, you can put an end to this problem. As detailed in the Make: Magazine building guide, it’s controlled by Arduino to automatically take pictures of cats and other critters when they’re in the frame. This means that with strategic placement, you can now snap shots of your four-legged friend yawning, stretching, and doing all those cute things you wish you were fast enough to photograph.
10. Automated cat laser
Although cats are playful by nature, you may not always have the time and energy to run around with yours. This is when a cat laser comes in handy because all you have to do is point the laser pointer at a suitable spot, move it around a bit and watch your cat go crazy trying to catch the projection. And you don’t have to buy one as you can easily build one yourself with the detailed CatBot tutorial on Instructables.
DIY pet projects that will transform your pet education
Pets love their owners and make life more interesting and fun. The easiest way to reciprocate that love is to offer them the best life and get them accessories that pamper them, like the projects covered here — or that make their life easier, like the ones we’ve covered. B. a feeder.
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