One of the most commonly asked questions we encounter at Petivity is, “How does the monitor know which cat is using the litterbox?” As anyone with multiple cats can attest, cats are incredibly unique and have their own unique traits and behaviors. Our team of pet and data science experts developed the artificial intelligence that drives the Petivity Smart Litterbox Monitor to be able to recognize those unique traits, allowing it to track and distinguish between multiple cats—no additional collars or gadgets necessary!
Read on for a more in-depth look at how the Petivity Smart Litterbox Monitor works to distinguish between multiple cats in a home.
It starts with set up. When you’re setting up your litterbox monitor system in the Petivity app, you’ll create a profile for each of your cats. This prepares the system for what to expect.
Sensors gather data. The Smart Litterbox Monitor gathers precise data on multiple features of your cat’s behavior any time they interact with the litterbox. These monitors are specially calibrated and sensitive enough to measure even very small changes in weight and behavior.
You help the AI learn. Because each cat is unique, the system’s artificial intelligence can use behavioral data to analyze each cat’s signature habits and assign them to a profile. The system tracks multiple data points and uses deep learning to accurately track each cat’s weight, as well as the number of visits, waste type, and time of day.
The initial learning period begins as soon as you set up your monitor for the first time. The Petivity system will ask you to confirm which cat was using the litterbox. If your cats are distinctly different weights, it will be simple to recognize which litterbox event belongs to which cat and to label them accordingly.
Tip for multi-cat homes: If your cats are roughly the same weight, it can be helpful to temporarily place each cat in a separate room with their own monitor and litterbox to ensure correct labeling.
Once the system has developed a unique profile for your cat (after at least eight confirmations), these requests will decrease. If your cat’s behavior and weight changes, the system will occasionally ask you to confirm which cat was using the litterbox to ensure it continues to deliver the best possible insights.
Petivity gets smarter over time. Petivity is designed for lifelong health. The system will continue to learn about your cat and continue to provide even more actionable insights over time!
Want to learn more about the data Petivity gathers? Check out this article for an inside scoop from one of Petivity’s experts.