I read this article about a talking pet bowl. The idea behind it is that you can record a ten second message for your pet. The bowl will then detect when the pet is within six inches of it and trigger the message. According to the makers of the device which they call chatterbowl, once the animals become used to it they will deliberately set it off to hear their owner’s voice. They also say that “The message should encourage your pet to eat”. Encouraging my cats to eat has never been a problem, if I ever have to leave them with automated pet feeders the food is always gone by the time I get home.