About this project
Modern care for your cat's health & well-being
We're cat lovers. We wanted a solution to help pet families care for their cats in a meaningful, informative way. So we created Tailio. Designed with vets and other experts, Tailio is the first smart monitoring system that will help you know when your cat needs care, by measuring their weight, waste, and elimination behaviors.
Tailio works with...
- Multiple cats - without disturbing them!
- Multiple litter boxes - with use of one Tailio per box
- Popular litter boxes of all sizes - S, M, L, XL
- All types of litter - heavy, light, clumping, non-clumping
- However you scoop - no need to reset when scooping or adding litter
- Your space - takes no space, simply rests under the litter box
- Your life - easy mobile app, device that's anti-skid, splash-resistant, and easy to clean
Tailio looks for early signs of many common issues, such as:
By monitoring your cat's trends in weight and litter box behaviors, Tailio can detect changes that may reveal early signs of many common health issues. For instance, cats are often prone to urinary tract issues, with obstructions being one of the top medical emergencies. This makes the litter box THE place to look for signs of trouble.
Cats can be healthier with earlier treatment
Many health problems cats face often bring changes in weight, elimination patterns and behavior. These changes can be gradual or sudden, and are often very difficult for people to detect. If left untreated, a disease can progress to affect other parts of the body, or even to an irreversible state.
Tailio empowers you with alerts and information, so you can get your cat to the vet for earlier diagnosis and a better chance of successful outcomes, with less suffering for your cat (and you), and it can even save lives.
How Tailio works
Tailio is easy for you and your cat. Simply place the device under the litter box, and download the mobile app. Tailio works seamlessly in the background to learn about and monitor your cat, while you and your cat go about business as usual. It'll even monitor multiple cats in your home.
- What Tailio monitors. Tailio device collects data on your cat's weight, amount of waste, frequency of visits and behavior in the litter box
- Analytics. Data is sent to the cloud where powerful analytics learn your cat's individual profile and watch for trends in their weight and litter box behavior
- Mobile app alerts. Tailio lets you know when something needs your care
Multiple cats okay!
If you have more than one cat, Tailio intelligently knows who's who in the litter box by understanding subtle differences in their individual physiology and behavior.
The Purr on Tailio
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Love from leading vets
Why cats need Tailio
Cats are part of our families. We want the best for them, but by their nature they show few signs of trouble and we often miss problems. So our feline friends are often much sicker than dogs when they visit the vet for the same health issues.
Cats have special needs at every stage of life
Sometimes "life happens", even for cats
A door left ajar or accidentally shut tight, could mean your cat can't make it to the litter box. Or they may not get there because they're not feeling well, or are going outside the box. Tailio will alert you if they haven't shown up to the litter box in their usual routine, so you can see what may be needed.
Stay connected to your cat
We want to make it easy for you to stay connected to your cat. With the Tailio app for iOS and Android, everyone who cares for your cat can be connected from anywhere. See if kitty has visited the litter box that day, know who's turn it is to change the litter, or even send the cat sitter a reminder to scoop it clean.
In the mobile app
- Kitty "Pawprint". In-depth profile of your cat, or for all your cats
- Health alerts. When your cat needs care, get detailed info & history, or know if they haven't visited the litter box as usual
- Veterinary care aids. Share info with your vet to help diagnose & treat your cat
- Medicine reminder. Set for giving your cat medicines & supplements
- Litter box care. Alerts based on cat's usage, assign & track tasks, send reminders
- Cat wellness info. Symptom checker, library of resources & tips
- Daily check-ins. Know if your cat is visiting the litter box as usual
- Share with family, friends, caretakers. Assign & track tasks, send reminders, share photos and status, connect with social media (Facebook, Twitter)
- Tailio community. Connect with others who share your love of cats
From the beginning, we've worked with veterinarians and other feline experts for a deeper understanding of the nature of cats and the issues they face. We've designed Tailio based on this intelligence to better monitor the health and well-being of your cat, and provide vets with useful information for diagnosing and treating feline health issues.
As our Tailio community grows, our knowledge of feline health and behavior will expand, gaining new insights for better diagnosis and treatment of cats like never before. When you and your cat use Tailio, you are part of the conversation that contributes to advancing better health for all cats.
Why monitor the litter box
Changes in weight or elimination patterns can reveal signs of illness, stress, or even emotional issues, making the litter box THE place to look for signs of trouble. By monitoring your cat's litter box, Tailio alerts you to the onset of health & wellness conditions.
The litter box is also the place you can count on your cat visiting everyday. As you get to know their litter box routines and behaviors, you may find correlations with other things you see, helping you know and understand your cat in new ways.
- Know if they're checking in as expected even when you're away
- Discover how your cat is effected by their environment... How do they behave when you're away? Others are visiting? Or if you get another pet?
Easy for cats
Tailio is designed to blend seamlessly into your cat's surroundings as it rests under the litter box.
- All materials are odor-free and have no glossy reflections
- No noises, vibrations, or blinking lights, even WiFi is off when your cat's in the litter box
- Low voltage DC powered for their safety
Cats go about their business as usual, while Tailio works in the background to help you know when they need your care.
To set up Tailio, simply download the mobile app for Android or iOS, and connect the device to Wi-Fi with one press of a button. Open the mobile app and get started.
Tailio gives you valuable information using a single Tailio device in your home. For homes with multiple litter boxes, we recommend using one Tailio device per litter box to provide the best coverage for monitoring your cat's health and well-being.
Tailio will run on included rechargeable batteries, or plug into the wall for power with included AC/DC adapter.
Simple to use
Tailio recognizes subtle changes in litter box activity to know if it's been cleaned, changed, or visited by your cat. Then automatically calculates differences in weight of litter or waste added or removed from the litter box, so there's nothing for you to adjust or reset. Tailio will also alert you to clean the litter box based on usage, so you can maintain good hygiene for your cat's health.
Tailio is splash resistant and easy to clean, with an anti-skid top to provide stability. Tailio supports Wi-Fi standards 802.11b/g/n, and WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) or HTTP (Web Server) can be used for connectivity.
A look at using Tailio
The story behind Tailio
"When my family suddenly lost our beloved Persik to cancer, I thought 'If we had only known, we would've done something more or sooner." That's why we created Tailio. Now it will be easier for pet families to give cats the care they need to be as healthy and happy as possible." -Alex Treiner, Tailio founder & inventor
After losing Persik, Alex made it his mission to find an effective way to help cats and their families. The main sign of trouble in his own cat's health was a loss in body weight, so his initial invention was to place a connected scale under the litter box.
Drawing on his engineering experience, he talked to vets, designers and other experts to refine and expand his initial idea. With a high-precision sensing device under the litter box, it may be possible to also analyze kitty health and behavior in new ways.
For over a year we've developed analytics by testing with cats in real homes like yours. We've wondered about why cats do what they do in the litter box, and what it means to their health and well-being. We've worked with experts to refine Tailio, and are excited to soon have more Tailio cats as part of our community. We hope you will join us!
Why we're on Kickstarter
The hard work of taking a concept to working prototypes is done, and we're now at the final stretch of preparing for production.
We've developed custom boards for our pet friendly device, and lined up experienced manufacturing partners for production.
With your support, we can cover final tooling and setup costs, and build Tailio for you and your cat. We're excited to bring Tailio to Kickstarter and build a community of caring for cats. Because we believe healthy happy cats make the world a better place.
Research the nature of cats and our world
As we build a database and community of Tailio "quantified" cats, researchers can explore feline behaviors in unprecedented ways. Together, we will gain new insights and unlock mysteries about the nature of cats, even as your cat helps to unlock mysteries about the world we all share.
We're working with others to gain new insights to improve feline health and well-being through improved detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases.
Together, what will we explore and discover?
The team behind Tailio
Alex Treiner. Founder and inventor
Moshe Olim, Ph.D. Data analytics
Brian Bentow. Cloud & mobile app
Spencer Macdonald. UX design
Chris Hoover. Life sciences advisor
Dr. Mark Goldstein, DVM. Strategy, animal health & welfare advisor
We're privileged to work with our talented partners on the development of Tailio.
Artifex RDE. Mechanical analysis. http://www.artifexrde.com/
ID+M. Industrial & mechanical design. http://www.idm-design.com/
Visions Engineering Services. Electrical engineering. http://www.visionseng.com/
Timelines: What we're up to
Your pledge brings us one step closer to our goal of helping cats lead healthier happier lives. Please support our campaign by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or helping to spread the word by sharing with your friends and other cat lovers.
The Tailio team of cats and people says “THANK YOU” for your support!
Risks and challenges
Risks are always a reality in delivering any product to the marketplace. We have worked to develop a risk management plan thought through and discussed with all of our 3rd party partners involved in the entire manufacturing and fulfillment process.
Injection molding tooling. To reduce the risk of delays in producing the first samples of Tailio devices, we’re working with a manufacturer that has been in business since 1970 and has a proven track record of high quality, on-time delivery and a collaborative spirit, so if something does go wrong, we will all work to quickly fix issues.
Components sourcing. In the event a hardware component becomes obsolete, we have identified second sources for every component, and designed Tailio to not use any exotic components that could be problematic to obtain quickly.
Device assembly. Although assembly is a relatively simple and straightforward process, some minor issues could occur. To mitigate this risk, we have chosen to do device assembly, calibration and final quality assurance testing in the U.S. with a reputable manufacturer, allowing our team to respond very quickly should issues arise.
We’ve planned for success. So if your support makes it possible to produce thousands, or even tens of thousands of Tailio devices, we’re ready for it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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