If you’re a pet owner like me, you probably do two things on a regular basis: spoil your pet and think about how to optimize your pet’s spoiling process. Luckily, many other pet owners who have come before us have already figured out how to automate some of the things they do for their furry friends. These six projects range from useful to ridiculous, but all of them will be very interesting to create and use.
Arduino Controlled Pet Food Dispenser
There are many automatic pet food dispensers on the market, but they can be quite expensive. Why not make your own with an Arduino and a few cheap parts? You may even have some of these things around your house already. insructables user crazydeadmoth uses a servo motor, a potentiometer, some plywood and two small sheets of acrylic to create a wheel that turns to dispense food.
To give your pet a little more mental exercise, you can create a treat dispenser that doesn’t just dispense treats on a schedule, but requires the push of a button (or, in this case, the push of a chain). This particular project was designed for parrots wright spelled wrong but you should be able to make it work with any other kind of pet that can be trained. The instructions recommend using a particular type of wheel designed for this purpose, but you can almost certainly install something like this yourself.
Don’t underestimate how smart your animals can be!
Arduino-Powered temperature and humidity controller
It’s a fairly complex project, requiring a lot of parts that you’ll probably have to buy specifically for the purpose, but it’s also a fantastic way to make sure your little pets always have the right environment. As soon as you connect the sensor, LCD screen, nebulizer and thermal plate, you will be ready to keep your terrarium or other small pet in the ideal temperature and humidity.