Relaxation

Relaxation is one of three different types of segments DogTV will air to help soothe dogs who may stay at home alone all day.

Stimulation

Stimulation includes more active scenes, such as a dog playing catch on the beach, to prevent boredom.

Exposure

Exposure is supposed to help instill god behavioral habits in dogs by showing them clips of everyday stimuli, such as their owner answering the door.

Friskies iPad apps for cats

Cat Fishing, Tasty Treasure Hunt, and Party Mix-Up are based on research on how cats respond to different stimuli.

Sony Animalia

Sony's April Fools' line of gag tech products for dogs, cats, and hamsters is almost believable--till you get to the mini stereo system for the fitness-obsessed hamster.

Yummypets

Yummypets is a social network for pets, but it's more like a role-playing game for humans who can create profiles essentially impersonating their pets. It even comes with its own version of the rating game "Hot or Not."

Yummypets

GoDogGo is an automatic ball thrower for lonely pets, or perhaps lazy owners.

GoDogGo ball thrower

The GoDogGo ball thrower for lonely dogs, or perhaps lazy owners.

GoDogGo ball thrower

The Talk To Me Treatball plays re-recorded messages to a lonely pet, and dispenses treats when nudged.

Google Translate For Animals

Another April Fools' joke: Google's 2010 prank, Google Translate for Animals, claimed to use an Android app to bridge the translation gap between humans and animals by converting common phrases into human speech.

Deadmau5's $1,000 Cat Headphones

Not an April Fools' joke: The DJ Deadmau5 partnered with headphone maker Sol Republic to create a $1,000 headset for his cat, Professor Meowingtons. The company sold a limited run of the headphones as a fundraiser for ASPCA.

DogTV, iPad Apps For Cats, And Other Ridiculously Tricked-Out Tech For Pets

The world's first television channel for dogs comes to DirecTV on August 1, joining a litter of content and tech for our furry friends.

DogTV, the first satellite network to air programming exclusively tailored to dogs, has been picked up by DirecTV, which will offering the channel to subscribers starting August 1.

The 24/7 channel airs original content designed to keep stay-at-home pooches from developing poor behavioral conditions like boredom, mental fatigue, and depression. Short, three- to six-minute segments expose dogs to various scenes, sounds, and images designed for "relaxation," "stimulation," and "exposure." All three types of content are supposed to work together to deliver a zesty shakeup to your dog's daily routine. The network says its programming took four years to develop with the help of pet experts.

DogTV will be available to DirecTV subscribers for $4.99 a month. That might not seem like much to spend on your pet, but consider that Americans spend an estimated $55 billion a year on their pets. More of these pet products are beginning to resemble very human playthings, from headphones to iPad apps. Here's a look at five of them:

1. Friskies has three different iPad apps for cats: Cat Fishing, Tasty Treasure Hunt, and Party Mix-Up are based on research on how cats respond to different stimuli.

2. The Talk To Me Treatball keeps dogs company during the day by playing a pre-recorded message to them when it is nudged. It also dispenses treats.

3. GoDogGo is an automatic ball launcher for pets whose owners are either gone all day, or too lazy to throw a ball.

4. The DJ Deadmau5 partnered with headphone maker Sol Republic to create a $1,000 headset for his cat, Professor Meowingtons. The company sold a limited run of the headphones as a fundraiser for ASPCA. They were not an April Fools' joke.

5. Yummypets is a social network for pets, but it's more like a role-playing game for humans who can create profiles essentially impersonating their pets. As your pet, you can post photos, videos, status updates, classifieds—it even comes with its own version of the rating game "Hot or Not."
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