The Chatterbowl takes recordings of up to ten seconds, which are then triggered when your pet takes a drink (by, I presume, a motion sensor). In fact, if you feel like leaving your cat a voice memo without having to have them resort to the waterdish, you can buy the Chatterbowl’s mechanical heart, the
TalkBox, for just $10. The Chatterbowl costs $20 on its own.
Of course, if your pet is deaf as a post—as I suspect my roommate’s cat is—this isn’t going to help that much. Then you have to resort to the tried-and-true cardboard cutout method.