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10 high-tech gadgets to pamper your pet

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No matter how rough times get economically, we still love to pamper our pets.

Americans spent more than $61.4 billion on their pets in 2011 (the most recent figures available), according to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor. The average household spent more than $500 (beyond the typical amount for alcohol and men's clothing). And tech companies are looking to get a slice of that pie.

As the wearable revolution spreads in the two-legged world, a segment of the market is focusing on our four-legged friends. And other gadget makers are turning their attentions there as well. Whether pet owners will respond remains to be seen, but they're certainly not wanting for options. Here are some of the high-tech toys available to pet owners.

By Chris Morris, Special to
Posted 15 Feb. 2014

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