Monitor Your Cat's Health at Home With This Litter Box Sensor
By Alvin Ward
Monitoring a cat’s health can be tricky. Often, conditions like weight gain or loss, urinary tract infections, arthritis, or heart disease can be difficult to spot. Wrangling a cat for veterinary check-ups is no picnic, either.
A new start-up called CatLink is offering an alternative. Their WeCare Smart Health Monitor is a scale and activity sensor that fits underneath a cat’s litter box and tracks changes in weight or frequency of visits to help spot health problems early. For a limited time, it’s available for $49 on Kickstarter.
The WeCare spots sudden weight gain as well as weight loss, which can indicate health conditions from heart disease to diabetes. The scale also measures how frequently a cat uses the box. Urinating too often, for example, could mean a urinary tract infection. Staying in the box too long might be a symptom of bladder stones. The WeCare app compiles this data and alerts owners to unusual behavior.
If you live in a multi-cat household, the WeCare is able to differentiate between cats using weight as a guide. It’s also adjustable, so you can fit virtually any size litter box on top of it.
The WeCare has exceeded its Kickstarter goal of $2000 and is currently taking orders. The scale is 50 percent off for early bird backers at just $49, but there is a limited supply of those bundles left. However, the next bundle is just $10 more, and those are fully in stock. The WeCare Smart Health Monitor is expected to ship beginning in October.