Over protective moms and dads. Suspicious about shenanigans. Whatever the reason, pet camera monitoring systems are all the rage.  And our pets are sure delighted as most of them are loaded with treats now.  So let’s take a look at a few the avaialble models and you decide which is the best pet camera.

PetChatz HDX


There’s always a high-end version in just about everything and this is it for the world of pet monitoring.  As pet parents return to work, there will be plenty of separation anxiety to go around.  This digital daycare model has a few features that the others don’t.  Take a look:

  • Full HD camera
  • Streams DOGTV (subscription required)
  • Two-way radio
  • Motion and sound alerts
  • Games
  • Aromatherapy for separation anxiety

Featured in or on WSJ, ABC News, Today Show, Huffington Post and USA Today.

Retail: From $329.99

Furbo Dog Camera

Let’s run through some of the highlights of this option:

  • Treat tossing capabilities
  • Full HD camera
  • Two-way radio
  • Compatible with Alexa
  • Night vision
  • Wide angle – 160 degrees
  • Barking & activity alert notifications
  • 90-day free cloud recording storage, alerts & diary (additional subscription required for these premium services)
  • Free app

This on-trend monitoring is recommended by over 5,000 veterinaries and pro trainers but it’s probably the “as seen on Ellen” that seems to have owners lapping up this gadget.

And if all of these features don’t have you convinced, Furbo is working on adding an additional feature for home emergency alerts like fire and carbon monoxide.  While this model might be higher than others, evaluate what you get for that price.

Retail:  From $199.99

Petcube Play 2

Unlike others presented here, this model is not a pet treat dispensering and this one is a great choice for cats.  If you like to tease your fur babies, this one has a laser toy that you can control with your phone or you can set it on autoplay.  Check out the rest of the features:

  • Laser toy – control by your phone or set to autoplay
  • Alexa is built-in – this is the only current brand with this feature
  • Full HD camera with 4x zoom
  • Two-way audio
  • Night vision
  • Wide angle – 160 degrees
  • Sound and motion alerts
  • Pet monitoring app
  • Adjustable mount available 0 $19.99
  • 12 month, 24/7 support

This one has been on the celebrity circuit – Oprah Winfrey Show; Ellen; CBS’s The Talk Show; and NBC’s Today Show.

There is also an optional membership for video history, bark/meow detection and pet/human recognition.

Retail:  From $179.00

Skymee Owl Robot

So a bit different in visual and movement.  This model is more interactive with your pet and can detect touches and your pet behavior.  Another highlight for this robot is that it doesn’t require an internet connection because there is also a remote control.  So let’s list the features of the owl:

  • Treat tossing capabilties
  • Full HD Camera with 4x Zoom
  • Two-way audio
  • Night vision
  • Activity alerts

Retail:  From $169.99

Wopet Smart Pet Camera

Like other models, this too is a treat dispenser and the following features:

  • Treat tossing capacity
  • Full HD camera with 4x zoom
  • Two-way audio
  • Night vision
  • Compatible with Alexa
  • Tech support
  • Share pictures and video to social media

Retail:  From $137.99

The Power of Observation

Yes, the monitoring cameras can be fun and sure it will increase your interaction and keep your pet engaged.  Observing your pet has other significant advantages.  If you are looking to identify behaviorial issues or even need to discover whether the placement of furniture or items is working in your home, the monitor will help.  And of course there is the health and safety considerations.  If you employ a sitter or walker, you can verify timeliness, care levels and keep an eye on your home. And if your pet has separation issues, what a way to lift their spirits.

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