The Bowl That Talks to Your Pet While You're Not Home
They're the bane of pet owners' lives - those terrible pangs of guilt you endure when occasionally forced to leave Fido or Tiddles home alone for the day.
Well, now a firm has come up with a novel way to put your mind at rest: a talking food bowl that will reassure your pet with the sound of your voice.
The bowl has a built-in sensor that detects when the pet is within six inches and triggers a pre-recorded ten-second message.
The makers of the product - called the ChatterBowl - claim that once animals become used to the sensor, they will deliberately set it off just to hear their master's voice.
Made of sturdy plastic, the device runs on four AAA batteries and can even be placed in the dishwasher once the recording box has been removed.
The bowl is made by Canadian-firm Contech Electronics, which is now selling it to British pet owners for £14 ($28), plus postage.