Pets are often lovable companions that bring joy to their respective owners. However, one of the inconveniences of pet ownership is the constant support that pets require as most are not self-sufficient. For those seeking a pet companion but not the responsibilities, a robotic pet may be an option. While the major benefit of a live pet is the unwavering companionship, robotic pets have nice benefits in their own right.
Unlike a real pet, there is no need to continually refill the water and food bowls. Better yet, there are no sad, puppy-dog eyes seeking food off the dinner table.
As there is no need to feed the robotic pet, there is also no dealing with any after-dinner walks. And there’s the benefit of a home free of the odors associated with those bodily functions. Live animals, especially dogs, get dirty, can smell, and need a bath. However, with a robotic pet, none of that is required.
Real pets, especially those that are not trained, may chew on or damage furniture or other property. Animals may also bite those who feed, pet or attempt to play with them. A live pet may make unwanted or excessive noises, such as loud barking from a dog or continuous chirping from a bird. (Time to call a trainer )On the other hand, a robotic pet’s actions are always controllable.
The price of a robotic pet will vary and the same is true for the price of a live pet as it would apply to the pet’s breed, heritage, and consumer market. However, robotic pets will cost less in the long run as the majority of the expenses will be absorbed in the initial purchase, given that only batteries or electricity for recharging will need to be purchased in the future. The cost of a live pet becomes more expensive over time as an owner will continually have to purchase food, toys, and health care.
Some studies have shown that robotic pets are just as beneficial in preventing loneliness, particularly among the senior population. Robotic-pet owners have full control over their pets and can initiate attention and playtime because a robotic pet can be turned off. The absence of support required when an owner leaves the home or goes on vacation is another consideration.
Robots are programmed to perform certain functions, such as to communicate with the owner. Some highly-advanced robotic pets can be trained by the owner. If the owner prefers a pet that has the excitement of a new puppy, that’s a behavioral option for the robotic pet allowing an owner to indefinitely have a puppy.
Robotic pets will vary in technological capabilities, but robotic pets will only get better as technology continues to advance. A simple robotic pet may be stationary and have limited actions, typically facial movements such as closing and opening the eyes and mouth. Other robots may be available that are mobile, including the ability to follow an owner around, or that have more intricate features such as recognizing voice commands. While robotic pets may not fulfill the real-life aspect desired by some, the pets certainly do have their own advantages. Some of the benefits are directly the opposite of the negatives associated with a live pet, which will greatly appeal to some prospective owners. It will ultimately be a personal choice, but don’t forget: Having one doesn’t mean not having the other. Owning both is always a possibility, and an owner’s live pet will possibly enjoy playing with the robotic pet too.