Chatterbowl!

22 02 2008


Here boy: The bowl that talks to your pet while you’re not home
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Finally! Now I can harass my pet when I’m away. they need some me time too. get over yourself.

Easy feed: The Chatter bowl can keep your pampered pooch company with the sound of your own voice even when you’re not home

They’re the bane of pet owners’ lives – those terrible pangs of guilt you endure when occasionally forced to leave Fido or Tiddles home alone for the day.

Well, now a firm has come up with a novel way to put your mind at rest: a talking food bowl that will reassure your pet with the sound of your voice.

The bowl has a built-in sensor that detects when the pet is within six inches and triggers a pre-recorded ten-second message.

The makers of the product – called the ChatterBowl – claim that once animals become used to the sensor, they will deliberately set it off just to hear their master’s voice.

Made of sturdy plastic, the device runs on four AAA batteries and can even be placed in the dishwasher once the recording box has been removed.

The bowl is made by Canadian-firm Contech Electronics, which is now selling it to British pet owners for £14, plus postage.

Company spokeswoman Karen Ross said: “The basic concept is to reassure your pet when it is home alone.

“There is a small recording unit inside the bowl.

“The message should encourage your pet to eat or just make them feel comfortable.

“It can be anything from ‘Good boy!’ to ‘Don’t chew the sofa just because I’m not home!’.

“There is a light sensor fitted in to the top of the bowl. When the pet approaches, it casts a shadow that triggers the message to play.

“It definitely helps keep a pet company while the owner is at work all day or away for the weekend.

“I have heard that some pets like their bowl so much, they will deliberately set it off.”

Talking dog bowl

Pining over: Inventors of the Chatter Bowl say hearing their owner’s voice in their dish will provide the animals with comfort

Inventor Jay Taylor, from Arizona, dreamt up the idea.

Mr Taylor, 69, said: “I know how much my own pet loves hearing my voice. I thought, if only there was an easy way to leave my voice behind when I couldn’t be there.

“Personally, I hate people talking to me while I eat – but I guess it’s different for animals.”

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