Tailio tracks your cat’s weight and well-being down to the last whisker

21 Nov
Tailio is essentially a weight-sensing device that monitors how heavy the cat is, the amount of waste it is producing, how frequently it is going and its behavior when inside the box

Tailio is essentially a weight-sensing device that monitors how heavy the cat is, the amount of waste it is producing, how frequently it is going and its behavior when inside the box

Persik the cat was seven years old when his owner picked him up one day to discover that his pet had shed around a quarter of his body weight. Within five days, Persik passed away, falling victim to cancer. Owner and engineer Alex Treiner began to wonder how cats’ health and happiness could be monitored more closely and came up with the Tailio, a monitor placed underneath a litter box, where it keeps tabs on your feline’s behavior and lets you know if something is not quite right.

Tailio does promise a certain level of discretion with the device slotting neatly under the litter box leaving kitty none the wiser

Tailio does promise a certain level of discretion with the device slotting neatly under the litter box leaving kitty none the wiser

According the Tailio’s developers, a lot can be learned from tracking a cat’s activity in and around the litter box. Beyond health problems that may affect how often the litter becomes soiled, changes in weight can point to stress and illness. Detecting these signs early on can be important in maintaining the well-being of the animal.

This data is then processed in the cloud, with analytics used to generate individual profiles of the cats

This data is then processed in the cloud, with analytics used to generate individual profiles of the cats

Tailio is essentially a weight-sensing device that monitors how heavy the cat is, the amount of waste it is producing, how frequently it is going and its behavior when inside the box. This data is then processed in the cloud and analyzed to generate individual profiles of the cats. These are viewed via the companion smart phone app, available on both iOS and Android, enabling the owner to identify trends and departures from normal behavior.

Tailio is essentially a weight-sensing device that monitors how heavy the cat is, the amount of waste it is producing, how frequently it is going and its behavior when inside the box

Tailio is essentially a weight-sensing device that monitors how heavy the cat is, the amount of waste it is producing, how frequently it is going and its behavior when inside the box

This information can help to reveal conditions such as diabetes, cancer, kidney infections, hyperthyroidism and urinary tract issues, and passing it onto a vet can assist with professional diagnosis. Further to this, the smartphone app can offer reminders to give the cat medicines and clean out the litter. The developers even say that Tailio is capable of differentiating between cats, should you have more than one in the house, by learning about each one’s physiology and behavior.

This data is then processed in the cloud and analyzed to generate individual profiles of the cats

This data is then processed in the cloud and analyzed to generate individual profiles of the cats

We have seen devices emerge before to gain an insight into what exactly is going in and coming out of our cats, such as the Bistro cat feeder. Tailio does promise a certain level of discretion, however, with the device slotting neatly under the litter box leaving kitty none the wiser.

Tailio slots right in under the litter box to track weight and activity, leaving kitty none the wiser

Tailio slots right in under the litter box to track weight and activity, leaving kitty none the wiser

The team is running a campaign on Kickstarter to fund commercial production of Tailio, and things are purring along very nicely so far. It has passed its initial goal of US$30,000 with around a month left to run, and will ship one your way for a pledge of $99 if all else goes to plan. Shipping is slated for April 2015.

You can check out the pitch video below.

 (Via: Gizmag)

Meet Monty: The Adorable Cat With An Unusual Face

20 Nov

The owner of this adorable and unusual mug is Monty the cat, who lives in Copenhagen with two other feline friends. Monty was born without a nasal bridge bone due to a chromosomal abnormality, which is why he’s got such a unique and lovable face.

Monty’s owners write that it was his uniquely adorable face and his peaceful disposition that made them fall in love with him when they adopted him from an animal shelter at age 3. Unfortunately, his nose has given him some breathing issues, and he tends to sneeze more than most cats, but he’s a sweetheart all the same!

“A year ago, we adopted little 3-year-old Monty boy from an animal shelter”

“A year ago, we adopted little 3-year-old Monty boy from an animal shelter”

“Monty was born without a nasal bridge (the bone in the nose) which affects him now and then and makes him sneeze a bit.”

“Monty was born without a nasal bridge (the bone in the nose) which affects him now and then and makes him sneeze a bit.”

Nevertheless, “his personality, he showed from the very beginning, is rare as a diamond!”

Nevertheless, “his personality, he showed from the very beginning, is rare as a diamond!”

“Monty shared a room with some of the other cats from the animal shelter [that] acted a little aggressive, [but] Monty [remained] uneager to pick a fight.”

“Monty shared a room with some of the other cats from the animal shelter [that] acted a little aggressive, [but] Monty [remained] uneager to pick a fight.”

“Monty also has a tendency to urinate in his sleep due to a leaky/loose bladder.”

“Monty also has a tendency to urinate in his sleep due to a leaky/loose bladder.”

“He [becomes] embarrassed when he finds out, so we are struggling to encourage him not to be since this is a problem he can’t fix and has to learn to live with.”

“He [becomes] embarrassed when he finds out, so we are struggling to encourage him not to be since this is a problem he can’t fix and has to learn to live with.”

cute-cat-without-nosal-bone-monty-11 “He loves lying on your lap and at night he’ll keep you company [...] until you wake up. [His] favorite place to cuddle is by far in the arms of [his dad] Michael.”

“He loves lying on your lap and at night he’ll keep you company [...] until you wake up. [His] favorite place to cuddle is by far in the arms of [his dad] Michael.”

“Monty is almost never afraid, he even loves being at the vet, a brave little fella.”

“Monty is almost never afraid, he even loves being at the vet, a brave little fella.”

“We wish for Monty to be an ambassador for ‘crooked’ cats or cats that may not look perfect in everyone’s eyes!”

“We wish for Monty to be an ambassador for ‘crooked’ cats or cats that may not look perfect in everyone’s eyes!”

“We also want to raise attention to the fact that looking different doesn’t mean you can’t be fantastic”

“We also want to raise attention to the fact that looking different doesn’t mean you can’t be fantastic”

(Via: Bored Panda)

A definitive ranking of the most overrated and underrated dog breeds

19 Nov

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This chart, from David McCandless‘ fascinating new book Knowledge is Beautiful, ranks 87 dog breeds and compares those rankings to the actual popularity of the breeds in the US.

The ranking is based on a number of factors: trainability, life expectancy, lifetime cost (including the price of food and grooming), and suitability for children, among others.

The result: Border Collies, according to McCandless, are the finest dog breed in existence. Labs, Beagles, and Golden Retrievers, while not at the very top, are other popular dogs (at the top right of the chart) that he rates highly.

On the other hand, the formula seems to penalize big dogs. German Shepherds, Great Danes, and Saint Bernards, all in the top left quadrant, are in McCandless’ words, “inexplicably overrated.” The formula also uncovers some overlooked breeds, at the bottom right, that should be more popular, like Border Terriers and Pointers.

Finally, on the bottom left, the chart shows the breeds that are unpopular and properly so: Old English Sheepdogs, Borzois, and Afghan Hounds.

Poor, poor Afghan Hounds:

aa(Via: Vox)

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