A home alarm system is often first installed to stop intruders and reduce the risk of burglary to a home. The features of an alarm system that make your home more secure can also be used to monitor pets while away, whether at work or for a few hours, as well as to monitor those who help care for your pets.
Over 164 million households in America have pets. That is 62 percent of all homes where a pet owner would care about the well-being of an important animal living with them. Most owners feel like their pets are a part of their family and their well-being ranks high on the list of priorities. Pets can also be an important part of a family’s lifestyle, the companionship of elderly parents who live alone, or the growing responsibility of teenagers and children.
While your home alarm system was built to keep burglars out, the features available may also help you keep a close eye on these furry family members. Here are a few ways that an alarm system can help you monitor pets while away.
1. When your pet eats and sleeps
Watching out for your pets health means knowing when they eat and sleep throughout the day and ensuring that they are getting the food, water, rest and exercise they need to be healthy. An alarm system with video feeds can help you check in and see what times of day they are active or inactive which can help you monitor their well being overall.
2. Who got into the trash or onto furniture when training
If you have more than one pet, it can be hard to determine which animal was on off-limits furniture or which got into the trash, but, using the features of your home alarm system, you can be sure who is doing what and make sure the right dog, cat or other pet is getting the training they need.
If you’re training your pet to stay off the furniture, you can use a video feed and control panel with two-way communication to tell them to get down from the couch (or, worse, the table top!). Consistently hearing your voice will help them learn this habit more quickly.
By adding an open/close sensor to your trash can lid, you can be alerted when your furry family member is getting into the garbage. Other sensors, such as a sonic noise alert, can also deter your pet from getting into the trash or scratching at a door when you’re away.
3. Walks and exercise
You may have assigned the task of walking the family dog on the family chore list, but, to know that your pet is getting the exercise it needs, you can use your home alarm system to see when they leave the house and when they return. If you have hired a professional dog walker who needs access to your home, a home alarm system can help you control what time of the day they have access to your home and can also record how long the dog walker is in the home and how long they are out for their walk. Keyless entry points allow you to assign custom entry codes that will give your dog walker access to your house on your terms and keep track of how long they are gone with your precious pet.
4. Overnight stays and vacations
If you are leaving for a trip and have someone coming to take care of your pet throughout the day or overnight, a home alarm system is an important part of making sure the individual in your home is doing what they are supposed to. Beyond monitoring their behavior, a home alarm system can make temporary visitors feel safer as they come to watch your pet.
5. Catching an escape artist
Some animals have a way of getting out of the rooms, kennels, or out of your fenced yard that they are supposed to stay in while you are away. It can be hard to respond to this rebellious behavior if you don’t know exactly how they are getting free. A home alarm system, especially one with video capabilities, can give you a glimpse of what is happening when you are gone so you know how to stop your pet from getting out.
6. Keeping your pet comfortable
Alarm system companies that provide home automation features can set you up to access climate control options from your smartphone app or a dedicated website. These climate control features mean you can raise or lower the temperature of your home and to help keep your pet comfortable. If the temperature of the day is suddenly much higher or lower than you expected, a quick click of a button can start or stop your furnace or air conditioning and help make sure your pet is in a safe and comfortable home while you are away.
Another way to keep your pets comfortable would be to use home automation features like remotely turning on and off lighting or other electronics, such as a television or radio. That way if you come home later than expected or want to play some background noise while your home is empty, you can control when and for how long from your smartphone app.
7. Getting them out in case of an emergency
In the unfortunate event that an incident happens at your home, a home alarm system can help you make sure that your pets are out and safe. Placing a pet decal on your front window or door will alert emergency responders that there are pets to rescue when they arrive, and reporting that you have pets to your alarm system company will ensure that they relay important information to those responding to your emergency as well. An alarm system for your home will alert you immediately if there is an incident, and you can call a neighbor or friend to come check on your pets while you are on your way.
Keeping our pets safe is an important aspect of any alarm system for the home. The best alarm system companies provide features that not only deter burglaries and ensure that emergency responders are on the scene in case of an emergency, they can also be valuable tools in keeping an eye on your pets, training and ensuring their safety while you are away from the home.