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Social Media Mistakes Pet Lovers Make

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Most of us love seeing pet pictures on Facebook, but there are a few “faux paws” pet lovers make that can really annoy the people on their friends list. So how does one keep their friends and followers from blocking or hiding them? Read over the list below and see if you’re guilty of any of these pet-related social media mistakes:

Photo overload!

When sharing pet photos, there is a point when a person crosses the line from “That’s so cute!” to “Do you do anything but take pictures of your animals?” Think about a time when someone pulled you aside to look at a few dozen photos of their new human baby. Sure, babies are cute, but after the first 15 shots, your brain goes a little numb. The same thing happens when you post more than a handful of your favorite pet pictures in a sitting. Post only your most interesting, and in focus, pictures.

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Must-Have Gadgets for Pet Lovers

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I’m a geek.

I’m a geek who has pets.

So, whenever a new tablet, phone, or really anything shiny crosses before my eyes, my geeky senses tingle, and my brain starts offering me reasons as to why I should have it. This reaction is compounded when it is, a) something my husband would love, b) something my daughter would love, or c) something I could pretend my pets would love.

In this week’s PetsGeekly.com column, the first in a new pet tech column that will appear on PetsWeekly.com, I’m going to talk about two pet gadgets that are extremely cool and useful. As a bonus, I’ll show you another product that isn’t so much practical, but about saving cherished memories in a creative way. We geeks have feelings too!

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ScoopFree Automatic Litterbox

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At PetsWeekly, we rely heavily on automatic litter-boxes. Lately, however, I have become increasingly frustrated with them - or more specifically, with the ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box (of which I have three). Let's face it - when you have a Pride of 8 cats, you can't spend time messing around with litterboxes that don't work. And since LitterMaid changed to their new design, it just doesn't work.

So when I began speaking with Brilliant Pet, the designers of the ScoopFree Automatic Litterbox, I was excited to try something new. I'll be honest - I had my doubts because there are very few automatic boxes that will work with my Pride, but I had to find something...

While we're still early in the testing phase, I have to tell you how impressed I am with this product. And for a number of reasons. To begin with, it uses specialized litter crystals that absorbs urine on contact.  Not only does it absorb urine, it "dries" out feces so that you're not left with a stench after it's been swept into the disposable tray. Sensors identify when a cat has used the box, and twenty minutes later, the stainless steel rake sweeps it away quietly and efficiently.

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Technology Made for Cats

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Wonder what your cat is doing while you’re at work all day? Sony Computer Science Laboratories has partnered with researchers at The University of Tokyo to develop Cat@Log, a gadget that combines GPS, a digital camera, Wi-Fi and an acceleration sensor to enable Twitter updates on what your cat is doing. The GPS tracks location, and the acceleration sensor interprets what the cat is doing -- such as walking, sleeping or eating. A camera then snaps pics from a collar-eye view. Every now and then, all this data is sent wirelessly to a home computer that posts a Twitter status update (e.g., “this tastes good” while your cat is eating), complete with tweet pics.

Technology for Your and Your Cat

For now, Cat@Log represents the latest cat-gadget trend. The high-tech trend has increasingly crept into the pet product industry, according to Bob Vetere, president of the American Pet Products Association.

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Best Apps for Dog Lovers

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The same device you use to play your favorite tunes and stay in touch can now play a big role in your relationship with your pup. With the touch of a finger -- or in some cases a shake or two -- your iPod Touch or iPhone can help you get to know your pet better, keep it safer and even teach your old dog a new trick. Just visit the iTunes store for a number of software applications that target dog lovers and won’t put a dent in your wallet. Most are free or inexpensive. Here are six worth checking out:

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