More than three in five Americans own a pet, and 91 percent of U.S. pet owners say they consider their animals to be members of the family. So it's no surprise that we pamper our feline friends and puppy pals and spare no expense when it comes to ensuring they're happy and healthy.
Perhaps it's this love for our pets that led to the invention of these 10 bizarre gadgets designed to make the lives of pets and their owners a little easier.
Pet High Chair
Dogs and cats often scavenge for food scraps under the table, but if you'd rather your pet join you at the dinner table, Hammacher Schlemmer has the solution. This pet high chair clips to tables and is adjustable so you can make sure your furry dinner guest is right at eye level. According to the product description, "by providing an alternative to sitting on your lap, running disruptively underfoot, or outright banishment, the chair assuages a pet's (and its owner's) frustration, and promotes more refined behavior."
Doggie Lover Doll
If your dog is getting a little frisky with the sofa cushions or your guests' legs, Doggie Lover Doll could be just the distraction your pup needs. According to the toy's manufacturer, Doggie Lover Doll is a anatomically correct female canine manufactured in soft rubber. The toy comes in three sizes: small, medium and large.
BowLingual dog translator
Ever wonder what your pooch is saying? This little gadget attaches to your dog's collar and "translates" the barks into one of six emotions with accompanying phrases. The BowLingual has settings for more than 80 dog breeds and can be customized according to the size and shape of your dog's nose.
More than half of the cats and dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. If you're looking for a way to get your dog some cardio without strapping on the leash, the canine treadmill is an option. The device ranges in price according to the size of your dog, and the treadmill can be adjusted for speed, distance and incline.
Canine shower stall
If your dog needs a shower after that workout, there's the canine shower stall, which boasts 16 water-jet nozzles and a handheld, adjustable showerhead. Two integrated leashes gently restrain pets and dual-locking doors keep dogs confined.
Rear Gear Butt Covers
Are you or your pet embarassed by his unsightly furry rear? If so, this invention has them covered. Rear Gear Butt Covers are available in a variety of designs including a disco ball, air freshener, heart, flower, biohazard, smiley face, cupcake and sheriff's badge.
If you miss your pets while you're out of town or worry they're not getting the interaction they need when you're gone, there's a remote-controlled robot that lets you play with your pet via the Internet. The Petcare Robot is fitted with two cameras with infrared lenses so you can monitor your pet. It releases balls that you can control during playtime, and it has a speaker so you can talk to your cat or dog.
Does your dog hate walking on cold floors? Are you worried about the bacteria your pet's feet are exposed to? If so, there's the MacaCÃO, a protective bodysuit for your dog.
If you've wished you could get social media updates from your dog, Puppy Tweets might be just what you're looking for. This electronic dog tag attaches to your pet's collar and has a sensor that detects sound and movement, which triggers the more than 500 programmed tweets. The frequency of tweets is related to the activity of your dog, and tweets include such phrases as "Chasing everything that moves is definitely a full time job!" and "Your comforter does just what its name says it does."
Korean manufacturer Autoelex has created a tech-savvy penthouse for pets. Although it appears rather cramped, the device boasts temperature and humidity controls and a carbon filter deodorizer. It retails for $10,000. Check out more of the Pet Pavilion's features in the video below.