I can not stop track my cat’s bathroom habits. Now that I’ve used Purina’s Petivity Smart Distributed Monitor, I know when they visit the litter box and exactly what they’re doing while they’re in it. For example, my cat Huxley is a late-night eater.
You may be thinking: Why Do you need to know this? Cats are good at hiding health problems until it’s a serious problem, but their poop, or lack of poop, doesn’t lie.
Last year, I found this out the hard way when Huxley was diagnosed with lower urinary tract disease. When I noticed it went into the trash significantly more than usual, I knelt beside it. He tried to urinate, but to no avail. I immediately took him to the emergency vet, where his condition was treated with medication. If I hadn’t been paying attention, his kidneys might have been damaged, or his bladder might have burst.
I’m lucky enough to work from home with Huxley and his sister Eely-Rue, so I spend 99% of my time with them. Not everyone can make it, and even the most devoted cat parents can miss out on things. If I had the Petivity Monitor then, I could have saved myself a huge ER bill, and Huxley a bit of a pain.
Much robot trash box Purpose to monitor your pet’s waste and health, but Petivity is not a complete litter box. It’s a rectangular scale that sits below a standard box and connects to an application (iOS, Android). The unit can be plugged in or powered by AA batteries, which is great if your box isn’t near an outlet. The maximum recommended litter box size is 16 x 21 inches and you cannot use the automatic litter box. You need at least an inch of space on all four sides to ensure accurate data, so pull your box slightly away from the wall.
It takes about a week or so for them to correctly learn the cat’s habits. During that time, the app will alert you when an event is detected, and based on the recorded weight, you choose which cat it is (or if it’s a non-cat event, such as you wheel loader). Once it knows who it is, it compiles that day’s activities into the app, letting you know when each cat pees, poops or jumps a little inside the litter but doesn’t actually walk, complete with cute illustration icons. You can set up multiple monitors if you have multiple boxes.
Petivity used more than 300,000 video-recorded cat events to develop its system. “The raw data from the screen is processed through a collection of AI models trained to interpret what is going on every time your cat visits the litter box,” a company representative said. with WIRED. “AI looks for specific features of data to distinguish things like number one from two.”
The app also doesn’t just compile the hits. It actively tracks those visits to notify you if something changes. So if Beard suddenly stops urinating or visits the box unusually many times that day, you’ll get a warning. Since it records the weight of the cats to distinguish them, Petivity will let you know if there is a change there. Every few weeks, you’ll receive an email with insights, with all that information together. All of this is helpful to keep your cat healthy and gives you factual information that you can take to your vet. Want to be reminded to shovel the trash every day? You can also set the app to do that.