Top 10 Best Pet Cameras

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Being a chinchilla owner, I know how stressful it can be to leave your pets at home for any amount of time. Logically, you know they’ll be fine. You gave them plenty of food and water and you’re only gone at work for the day. Or maybe you’ve gone on vacation, but your friend or neighbor definitely knows to check on them. They’ll probably be fine.

If you’re like me, though, you always worry, at least a little. Getting some peace of mind about how your pets are faring when you’re not at home used to require calling someone and having them go to your home to check on them. That would mean leaving a key, finding someone who was available, and then relying on their report of your pet. Maybe they don’t know them the way you do, so that report might only be so useful.

With the advent of the pet camera, though, this is a problem of the past. As long as you have wifi in your home, there are a few solid options for pet cameras that allow you to keep an eye on your pet with the help of your smartphone. Some even dispense food, treats, and medication. Even a handful of cameras that aren’t made just for pets are up to the task.

One word of warning: During our testing, we discovered some dogs learn pretty quickly that you aren’t in the room when using the two-way radio feature available on some of these units. In at least one case, we found that it may actually trigger separation anxiety rather than quell it, as the dog may start looking for you when they can’t figure out where your voice is coming from. If you have this experience, you may want to consider a treat-dispensing model to offset this nervousness. All of these options are still excellent for monitoring purposes, and for other animals, this is unlikely to come up at all.

If you’re a worried pet parent, peruse our list of the top ten best pet cameras for keeping an eye on your animals while you’re away:


Specialty Pet Cameras

These days, companies are designing and marketing webcams specifically suited to watching and interacting with Fido while you’re on the go. They have a variety of features missing from standard webcams that help set them apart from simple video feeds of your home.


1. Petcube Play Interactive Wi-Fi Pet Camera

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(Petcube)

Certainly the sleekest of the made-for-pets cameras, the Petcube began its life on Kickstarter before becoming an Amazon Launchpad product. Aside from the high-end look, this unit is designed with interactivity in mind. Using a full 1080p HD camera with a wide angle lens, you can easily capture photos and videos with an iOS or Android device. It also features two-way audio, so you can talk to and listen to your pet. The icing for this one is the laser toy, though. By dragging your finger across the image, you can direct a laser that will engage your pet even across many miles. Reviews note that the laser pointer isn’t super accurate to inputs and the camera may present some delay, but on the whole, this is a good option if slick product design is key.

The Play is the second generation Petcube, following up on the 720p version, which can still be had for $98. Upgrades in the Play include the full HD camera and night vision, improving the low-light performance that wasn’t ideal on the older model. You also have your choice of colors between Carbon Black, Matte Silver, and Rose Gold.

I received a review unit for use with my two dogs. After I downloaded the Petcube app, it walked me through the rest of the setup. I had to try connecting it to the internet a few times before it finally succeeded. Once setup, my experience with it was quite good. The picture is excellent on my iPhone 6S, though the complaints about lag are accurate. I attribute this more to network speeds than anything else — the delay in audio using the two-way radio is about a second. The laser toy is fun but a bit fussy to use — almost certainly better with cats than my dogs.

A few other notes:

1. A 30-day trial of the Petcube Care service is included, which gives you a ten day history of automatically-recorded video triggered by movement. It’s on by default, so when you first set it up and move about your house, it’s immediately recording your movements. Happily, the app lets you disable this with a Sleep mode. There’s also a Quiet mode, which records, but suppresses the push updates. This is handy if you have a house like mine where the natural light changes a lot due to moving clouds, triggering the motion detection and sending you notifications about every 15 minutes. The updated app shows the Care status right on the home page, which is a very recent and welcome improvement. After the 30-day trial, you get four hours of cloud video storage for free. Subscription levels after the trial are as follows:

  • 10-day video history: $10/month or $100/year
  • 30-day video history: $30/month or $300/year

All that said, the automatic motion detection makes it so that the Petcube doubles as a home protection device, so be mindful of where you put it to get the best use from it. The camera angle is very wide and is able to capture my entire (admittedly smaller, open-concept) house from one end of the living room.

2. We’re talking about streaming HD video here, so be prepared for data usage. In three days of light use, I tallied 120 megabytes of data attributed to the app. Better to check it over wifi when you can.

3. The friends and family feature is really great. If you have your friend download the app, you can share access to your camera so they can peek at your pets, too. My wife tested it and really enjoyed the feature.

Price: $199

Buy the Petcube Play Interactive Wi-Fi Pet Camera here.


Pros:

  • Petcube Care automatically detects movement and records video to the cloud, with four hours of storage free for life and other storage levels available with subscription
  • Two-way radio
  • Laser pointer
  • Sleek design

Cons:

  • Laggy camera feed
  • Can be difficult to connect to wifi
  • Laser location somewhat inaccurate
  • Will chew on your over-the-air data if you’re not careful

Find more Petcube Play Interactive Wi-Fi Pet Camera information and reviews here.



2. Petzi Treat Cam

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(Petzi)

Another crowdfunded product, the Petzi swaps the laser for a treat dispenser. With a simpler interface, the app lets you see, speak to, snap a photo of, or dispense a treat to your pet. At 720p, this is less than full HD, but should be more than sufficient for seeing your pet and interacting with them from afar. When the treat option is activated, it will dispense several small treats at once. It also comes with straps so it can be attached to a pole, though you’ll need something like Command Strips to attach it to the wall. At the moment, this model won’t let you hear your pet or record videos.

Price: $169.99

Buy the Petzi Treat Cam here.


Pros:

  • Treat dispsening
  • 720p HD video
  • Speaker to transmit your voice
  • Hanging strap

Cons:

  • No two-way audio
  • Can’t record video
  • Not full HD
  • Camera and treat dispenser delays relative to app inputs

Find more Petzi Treat Cam information and reviews here.



3. Motorola Pet Scout66 Wi-Fi HD Pet Monitoring Camera

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(Motorola)

What this camera lacks in treats and toys, it makes up for in price and one other handy feature — a temperature sensor. Particularly handy for pet owners like me who have temperature-sensitive creatures, this gives you a readout in addition to an HD stream of the activities in the room. On top of that, this camera is much cheaper than the first two. This one features two-way audio, as well as video recording capability. You can also opt for the Hubble Cloud Video Recording as an added cost to keep a log of up to 30 days of activity. This one also has the option for motion-triggered video, or a simple notification snapshot. This could be handy if you suspect your pet is getting into areas they shouldn’t when you’re not home. Better still, you can also turn on notifications that are sound-triggered, too.

Price: $66.94 (33 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Motorola Pet Scout66 Wi-Fi HD Pet Monitoring Camera here.


Pros:

  • Motion- and sound-triggered notifications and recording
  • Temperature monitor
  • Good price
  • Infrared night mode

Cons:

  • App is currently only available for Android
  • Not full HD
  • No interactive functionality beyond audio
  • Motion-triggered feature requires monthly payment plan

Find more Motorola Pet Scout66 Wi-Fi HD Pet Monitoring Camera information and reviews here.



4. Feed and Go Smart Pet Feeder

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(Feed and Go)

The flexibility with the Feed and Go system goes some of the way to explain its high price tag. With six different compartments for your choice of food, treats, or medication, this is a solid option for caring for your pet while you’re away. The compartments will keep food sealed within the unit, meaning even wet food will stay good for up 48 hours. You could also fill them all with treats, call your pet over using a six-second pre-recorded message, and reward them for enduring your absence.

Price: $249

Buy the Feed and Go Smart Pet Feeder here.


Pros:

  • Six compartments for treats, food, and medication
  • Webcam works on iOS, Android, and Windows devices
  • Ability to set one-time or scheduled feedings
  • Text alerts to notify you when your pet has eaten or will soon eat

Cons:

  • No two-way audio
  • Camera may not be HD
  • Only a floor-level view
  • No recording capability

Find more Feed and Go Smart Pet Feeder information and reviews here.



5. PetChatz HD Greet & Treat Videophone

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(PetChatz)

This unit features two add-ons that none of the others on this list do. The first is the ability to trigger the release of a calming scent that can help condition your dog and relax them while you’re away. With time, the dog will associate the scent with a video chat from you and a treat, helping to reduce separation anxiety. The other feature is an optional PawCall button (unfortunately, it was out of stock at the time of this writing). When activated, it will send a message to your device alerting you that your pet wants to video chat with you. With training, this can be an effective way to interact with your dog or cat when you’re away. The price is much higher, but these unique features aimed at diffusing anxiety might be key for your particular animal. Recording is available on this unit, as well as apps for both iOS and Android.

Price: $379

Buy the PetChatz HD Greet & Treat Videophone here.


Pros:

  • Two-way audio and video
  • Treat dispenser
  • Soothing scent release
  • Responsive customer service

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Laggy video at times
  • App and software still in development — users report crashes

Find more PetChatz HD Greet & Treat Videophone information and reviews here.



WiFi Security Cameras

In addition to the expansion of the pet camera market, there has also been a rise in smart home appliances. Included in that is a wealth of home monitoring systems meant for security and general peace of mind. While these aren’t designed for pets per se, if all you need is an occasional visual of what they’re up to, these might fit the bill.


6. Nest Cam Security Camera

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(Nest)

Nest products have become a leading name in smart home innovation. This security camera is no exception. Offering full 1080p HD and true night vision, this camera will give you a great picture of your home so you can see what your pets are up to. In addition to two-way audio, you can configure sound and video alerts based on so-called Activity Zones. With the optional Nest Aware subscription, you can also enable 24/7 continuous recording.

Price: $199

Buy the Nest Cam Security Camera here.


Pros:

  • 1080p HD camera
  • Two-way audio
  • Excellent nighttime picture
  • Sound and motion alerts

Cons:

  • Not pet-focused
  • No additional functionality
  • Somewhat expensive
  • Some units may overheat

Find more Nest Cam Security Camera information and reviews here.



7. Canary All-in-One Home Security Device

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(Canary)

In terms of total house monitoring, this Canary device might have all the others beat. While focused more squarely on security monitoring, including the ability to alert local authorities in the event of an emergency, some of the features make it perfect for pet monitoring. The Canary comes with air quality, temperature, and humidity monitors that will give you a much more in-depth idea of what’s going on in your home when you’re not there. Of course, there is also automatic video alerts for iOS and Android devices. If you have needs beyond just your pets, this might be the one for you.

Price: $184.94

Buy the Canary All-in-One Home Security Device here.


Pros:

  • 147-degree, 1080p HD camera
  • Air quality, temperature, humidity monitors
  • Video alerts
  • Free video cloud storage (paid plans also available)

Cons:

  • Not pet-focused
  • No two-way audio
  • May be prone to false alarms
  • Reviews complain about customer service (note: the company seems especially responsive to reviews left on Amazon)

Find more Canary All-in-One Home Security Device information and reviews here.



8. D-Link DCS-932L Day & Night Wi-Fi Camera

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(D-Link)

If the other options on this list are all too involved for you, this simple wifi camera may work better. It still offers sound and motion detection alerts, which will give you an up-to-the-minute picture of what’s happening. It includes an SD slot for recording, which you an access remotely via the D-Link app. This is a no-frills option, for sure.

Price: $38.18 (58 percent off MSRP)

Buy the D-Link DCS-932L Day & Night Wi-Fi Camera here.


Pros:

  • Good price
  • Meant for day and night monitoring
  • Remote zoom capability
  • Automatic sound and movement alerts

Cons:

  • Not pet-focused
  • Not HD
  • No two-way audio
  • Limited functionality

Find more D-Link DCS-932L Day & Night Wi-Fi Camera information and reviews here.



9. Blink Home Security Camera System

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(Blink)

Utilizing AA batteries, this system of three Blink cameras will provide wireless monitoring for one year before new batteries are required. With a pack like this, you can monitor different rooms in your home, rather than just relying on one point of information. When motion is detected, it will send a 5-10 second video clip to your phone. Set one up by your pet’s water and food dish, one by their bed, and one watching over another area of interest and you’ll have an effective method by which to monitor their activities. Good for larger homes when all you need to do is verify that they’re alive and well.

Price: $199

Buy the Blink Home Security Camera System here.


Pros:

  • Completely wireless
  • Three cameras for the price of one competing camera
  • Motion detection with 5-10 second video clip
  • Mounting kit

Cons:

  • Not pet-focused
  • No long-form recording capability
  • No two-way audio
  • Motion sensing is for entire field of view, not selected areas

Find more Blink Home Security Camera System information and reviews here.



10. Oco Wireless Security Camera

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(Oco)

Another simple option clocking in under $100, this 720p HD camera offers motion and sound alerts as well as live streaming. It needs to be plugged in, but once that’s done, all you need to do is download the app and follow the steps to finish setup. It’s a straightforward offering for watching your pets roam around an empty house.

Price: $79 (20 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Oco Wireless Security Camera here.


Pros:

  • Motion and sound detection alerts
  • App works both on mobile devices and computers
  • Two-way audio
  • One year of free video archive included

Cons:

  • Not pet-focused
  • Not full HD
  • Lacks additional features
  • Some reviewers note dropped connections

Find more Oco Wireless Security Camera information and reviews here.


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