Home pet camera systems are very popular right now. People love the idea that they can be at work, or out and about, and yet still be able to check-in on their pets at home. It’s comforting to know that you can see, hear, and interact with your pets even when you’re not with them. There are several different manufacturers of pet camera systems on the market today, but recently a veterinarian that I work with recommended one in particular: Petcube.
Petcube is a company designed for pet parents. Their cameras allow you to have peace of mind knowing that your pet and your home are safe when you are away. The Petcube Play is an interactive camera that lets you see, talk to, and even play with your pets right from your smart phone.
You may be asking, how does one play with their pets through a camera and smartphone? The answer is the built-in laser toy, which you can control by dragging your finger around the screen of your smartphone, which in turn moves the laser around the room at your home. Dogs and cats can have fun chasing the laser, while you watch and talk to them through your phone. Check-out this video of how the Petcube Play works:
Petcube also has a product called Petcube Bites, which has the same camera capabilities as the Petcube Play, but instead of the laser toy it has a treat dispenser function. So you can remotely give your dog or cat treats by pushing a button on your smart phone. See the video below:
Petcube products are designed to be very modern and minimalist. They are compact and small – only 3 inches on all sides for the Petcube Play. They come in matte silver, rose gold, and carbon black. They are not big and clunky like other pet camera products, so you don’t have to worry about them being an eye sore in your home.
One concern I have with the Petcube products is that the camera itself doesn’t move. So unless your pet is directly in front of the camera’s view you won’t be able to see him or her. It does appear to have a very wide angle lens however, so depending on where you place the camera, you can probably see most if not all of any room that it’s in. The cost is also pretty high compared to other pet cameras on the market. $199 for the Petcube Play and $249 for the Petcube Bites, but then again the ultra-sleek and modern design combined with laser toy and treat dispenser features make the Petcube products stand out compared to it’s competitors.
Photo Credit: Petcube.com