Ever wondered what your pet gets up to when you’re not around?
You’re not the only one — and that’s what a pet camera is for!
Peace of mind is priceless, and there is a way you can know exactly what your pooch or kitty is doing at any time, and be sure that they are safe and sound in your home when you’re away… with the best pet camera.
Let’s find out exactly what these products are, and whether it’s worth buying one for your pooch.
Here’s a sneak peek at our favorites:
|Best For...||Value||Overall Quality||Luxury Extras|
|2-Way Camera?||Yes (Audio)||Yes (Audio)||Yes|
|#1 Feature||Price||Barking Sensor & Alerts||PawCall (Dog can call you!)|
- 1 What is a Pet Camera?
- 2 Features of the Best Pet Camera
- 3 The Best Pet Camera Review
What is a Pet Camera?
A pet camera is a mini cam that you can position anywhere in your home that allows you to watch what your pet (or anyone else) is doing, remotely, on a mobile device.
That means that whether you’re at work, out running errands, or on vacation, you can check up on your fur baby at any time in real time, allowing you to keep your pet safe and learn more about his or her needs when you’re not there, ensuring that you give the best possible care.
How Do They Work?
Once a pet camera is installed — either mounted on a wall or placed on an item of furniture — in the area your pet spends the most time during the day, it is able to send wireless video feed via Wi-Fi to a pet camera app on your smartphone, computer, or tablet.
Simply access the app to receive real time video feed of your pet and interact with him using your voice.
Some interactive pet cameras even allow you to dispense treats for your furry friend from afar at the touch of a button!
Features of the Best Pet Camera
The best pet monitor cameras are hassle free to install in your home, and come supplied with an easy to use app compatible with portable iOS and Android devices.
A pet camera with some sort of two way interaction (usually audio) allowing you to communicate with your pet is ideal, and video feed should be of high quality.
The pet camera app should be able to let you watch your pet in real time, as well as send you regular updates throughout the day, and for dog owners the best cameras will alert you when your pup starts barking or making sounds of distress.
The ability to use the app on multiple phones is also a great feature, as it means that more than one person at a time can keep an eye on your four legged buddy, making things extra safe.
An additional bonus feature of a great camera is a remotely activated pet treat dispenser which allows you to reward your pet from afar. This is also known as a pet treat camera.
Motion detection, temperature sensors, and night vision are also great features of the best pet cameras.
Signs of a Bad Pet Camera
Generally speaking, the more expensive pet cameras are equipped with the best features, but if you’re on a budget there are a few basic things to avoid when choosing your pet monitoring device.
Lack of compatibility is a major negative for a pet camera, as it is essential that it works seamlessly with your smartphone.
Pet monitors with poor quality video feed and / or no two way interactive function or night vision function should also be avoided.
Apps that are fiddly to use, or that don’t alert you when something is wrong are another sign of a bad pet camera.
The Best Pet Camera Review
If your pup likes to bark to let you know when something’s up, the Furbo Dog Camera is ideal as it sends bark alerts to your phone so you can calm your dog down if he’s making lots of noise.
This free standing pet camera has a stylish neutral design, and it even doubles up as a pet treat dispenser with so you can reward your dog when he’s been good!
A swipe on the screen of the app will toss a treat out across the room for your pooch to chase, and can also play a recording of your voice as the treat is dispensed.
The two way microphone on the Furbo Dog Camera allows you to interact with your pet via audio, and the 720 pixel camera has a 120 degree wide angle view and night vision feature so you can use it in the dark.
This pet camera is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, as well as Amazon Alexa.
Take a look at it in action:
- Great quality video
- Bark alert feature
- Fun and reliable treat dispenser
- Well made, robust design
- Quick and easy to set up
- Can be used at night
- App also takes pictures and short video clips
- Treat dispenser could be bigger
Another treat dispensing pet camera, the Petcube Bites Pet Camera has a classic design available in a choice of 3 colors; black, silver, and eye popping pink.
Treats can be tossed out manually by pressing a button on the app, or can be scheduled to be dispensed at specific times throughout the day.
The Petcube app can be downloaded to multiple devices and used by multiple people.
This interactive pet camera includes sound and motion sensors which trigger automatic video recording and notifications to be sent to your smartphone.
The 138 degree wide-angle, 1080p HD video camera features digital zoom and night vision, and can take snapshots of the live video stream which can then be shared via the Petcube app to social media.
Two way audio allows you to talk to your pet whenever you want to, and the Petcube Bites is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
- Simple to assemble and install
- Easy to clean treat container
- Good social media features
- Quality camera
- Choice of colors
- Option to use night vision when it gets dark
- Treat dispensing can be customized
- Active online Petcube community
- Video stream can sometimes be laggy if WiFi connection is fragile
- App could be more intuitive
The cute design of the Tooge pet camera even looks a little like a pet with four paws and a tail.
The spherical camera mount allows for 350 degree horizontal vision, and 80 degree vertical vision — giving you a great view of your pet wherever he is in the room.
The HD camera also features 4x digital zoom and night vision. Motion sensors will trigger an alert on your smartphone should something be amiss in the home, and a 2 way microphone allows you to interact with your pet via the LiveYes app.
Multiple users can view the camera simultaneously on different devices from an location providing they have a Wi-Fi connection.
The Tooge pet camera is also compatible with IOS, Android, and Windows devices, and video clips and images are stored locally on a removable SD card for additional data security.
- Great for home security as well as keeping an eye on your pet
- Night vision camera activates automatically
- Excellent field of vision
- Cute design
- Enhanced Wi-Fi performance
- Fantastic image and audio quality
- Very affordable price
- A little basic compared to other pet cameras
- Some users experience issues with Wi-FI connectivity
Truly versatile, the Pawbo Life Wi-Fi Pet Camera allows you to not only watch over your pet, but to feed him treats and play with him too!
This 720p HD pet camera boasts a 130 degree wide-angle lens complete with 4x digital zoom.
Photos and videos can be instantly shared on social media via the Pawbo Life app.
Futuristic with a black and white design, the Pawbo Life can be placed on a flat surface or fixed to a wall.
The treat dispenser drops treats rather than tossing them, and you can choose between a bunch of fun sounds like meowing cats and rustling bags to get your pet’s attention when dispensing them.
Another fantastic feature is the laser, which darts around the room for your pet to chase, controlled by a joystick on the smartphone app.
A microphone allows for two way audio interaction, and up to 8 people can connect to the pet camera on different iOS and Android devices at any one time.
- Very versatile
- Easy to set up and use
- Responsive and fast
- Lots of fun for you and your pet
- Easy sharing to social media like Facebook and Twitter
- Multiple sound effects
- Two way audio and video chat
- Camera quality could be better
- No night vision option
The second of our favorite pet cameras from PetCube is the Petcube Play.
It boasts many of the same great features of the Petcube Bites such as high quality 1080p HD video and 130 degree camera with 3x digital zoom and night vision, a microphone for two way interaction, iOS and Android compatibility, and social media sharing.
The real difference between the Petcube Bites and the Petcube Play is that instead of a treat dispenser, this pet monitor features a laser which means that you can play laser tag with your pet in real time — simply swipe the screen of your smartphone to direct the laser, or schedule an automatic game for when you’re otherwise occupied.
There’s also a sound and motion detector which will alert you to any strange behaviour or incidents that occur during your absence.
- Simple to set up – just plug and play
- Neat, stylish design
- Good quality camera image
- Play with your pet at any time or schedule an automatic play session
- Optional cloud storage service with alerts
- Motion and sound alerts
- Wide field of view
- Works well at night time
- Laser can sometimes be erratic
Another pet camera with a twist, the Petchatz pet monitor features a low-light high-definition camera for high quality two way video chats with your pet.
Designed to be mounted on a wall at the right height for your four legged buddy to see your face on the full color LCD screen, the Petchatz HD is totally chew proof and safe.
Motion and sound sensors trigger PetWatch – a video feature that records short clips of what your pet is up to which you can then download and share.
Not only is this pet camera ideal for facetime with your furry favorite, it can also help him relax too.
Petchatz is equipped with an aromatherapy feature that releases soothing scents into the air – great for anxious pets.
There’s also a treat dispenser which drops treats with a click on the app, and helps encourage our pet to come and talk to you when you’re ready to chat.
- 2 way video chat
- Calming aromatherapy scent dispenser
- Your pet can call you with the additional purchase of PetPaw
- High quality camera
- Sharing on social media
- Sends alerts to your smartphone
- Sturdy, durable and chew proof design
- Dispenses treats
- Only possible to use treats purchased from Petchatz
Capable of panning and tilting to give you a great view of your home and pets, the high definition RCA pet camera also features night vision, digital zoom, and a two way microphone so you can communicate with your pet.
The iOS and Android compatible app can be accessed by multiple users on different devices simultaneously, and allows you to record and share videos and photos.
Sound and motion sensors notify you of any changes by sending an alert to your smartphone or table, and the built in temperature sensor lets you know if you need to put the heating or air conditioning on to make sure our pet has maximum comfort.
Multiple RCA pet cameras can be connected on the network, meaning you can view up to four different areas in the home at one time.
- Competitively priced
- Easy to set up
- Intuitive smartphone app
- Great camera quality
- Wide field of vision
- Useful temperature controls
- Some users experience a delay in sound when talking
With this money saving bundle of the PetChatz HD and Petchatz PawCall your pets can call you!
Included in the deal is the PetChatz HD wall mountable pet monitor with LCD video screen for you pet to see you when you make video calls, plus the Petchatz Paw Call.
PawCall is a small chew resistant device which can be attached to the wall or floor which acts as a call button when your pet wants to see your face and hear your voice which blinks when in call mode.
It works with Bluetooth to connect to the Petchatz HD whenever your pet presses down on it, alerting you on your smartphone that your animal family wants to chat.
PawCall can also play games with your pet to keep him entertained. It lights up to encourage your pet to press down on it which releases a treat, leading to all kinds of possibilities for touch puzzles and other games
- Well made and tough design
- Great, easy to use app
- Keeps pets relaxed and happy with games, treats, and aromatherapy
- High quality video chat
- Good for pets with separation anxiety
- Great customer service
- Dogs need to be trained to use the PawCall
Have you tried using a pet camera yet?