Humans have domesticated animals for thousands of years. The earliest known evidence of a domesticated dog is a jawbone found in a cave in Iraq and dated to about 12,000 years ago (it differs from a wolf in that it has been bred to have a smaller jaw and teeth).
Through history cats and dogs have been living together with people for mutual benefit; dogs helped hunting pray or guard the domains and cats were held as a form of pest control. In return humans offered shelter and in terms of survival, many species that have developed a relationship with man have far outstripped their wild cousins.
Since the hunt for food has been made redundant by the supermarket and the pest is ruled out by good hygiene, their purpose for humans (the dominant species) has evolved: animals keep us company now.
But in busy times where also the majority of the households consists of one person (in the US alone approx. 100 millions of people are single), cats and dogs would have to learn to be a bit more self sustaining when the boss is out. But in 12,000 years of selective breeding – in captivity – it seems a bit unfair to demand this behaviour. Luckily man still has the lead over the animal by means of technology and they still are – after all – man's best friend...
Behold the Remote Pet Feeding and Viewing Camera Kit:
Our pet feeding and viewing kit allows you to both feed your pets and view them from a computer anywhere in the world. You can also automatically have images of your pets at feeding time emailed to you at scheduled times. Set–up is a snap and kits come with everything you need.
Image 1 (with the cat): Cat Genie Self Litter Box, cleans, sanitizes and dries automatically.
Image 3 (with the dog): Automated Pet Oasis Medium, automatically supplies pets with filtered fresh–tasting water.
smarthome.com | historyworld.net
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Yes.. I guess there is a certain luster for these people to extremely cultivate nature. - From a nextnature perspective I feel the most interesting part lies not with the the gadgets, but with the animals. Over a period of centuries these cats and dogs are completely bred and optimized to be our ideal pet companions. Designed animals are so 'normal' or 'natural' that it is almost impossible the visualize that they are products of culture. Oops, now I commented twice. ;)
Don't, It's a free world :P But if a comment is justified here, I would say it could be about the people using it or the society in which inventions like these exist.
I am not gonna comment on dogcat technology.