Top Pet Cameras to Keep Your Pets Out of Trouble

Written by | Updated July 24, 2019
Best for Dogs
Pet Chatz Pet CameraPetChatz
  • Two-way video
  • Pet call button
  • Two-way video
  • Pet call button
Best Value
Wyze Cam Pan product imageWyze Cam Pan
  • Motion tracking
  • 360-degree coverage
  • Motion tracking
  • 360-degree coverage
Best for Cats
Pawbo Pet Camera Pawbo Pet Camera
  • Interactive laser
  • Two-way talk
  • Interactive laser
  • Two-way talk
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It had been a while since we freshened up our pet camera picks, so we took another look and updated the specs on a few of our past favorites. We also found some new competition for the top spots on our list, like the updated 360-degree Wyze Cam Pan.

The Bottom Line: PetChatz Won Us Over

Our top choice for pet cameras goes to the PetChatz. While most of the pet cams on our list had one or two great features, the PetChatz has them all and then some. Its Digital Daycare app lets you schedule your dog’s day to keep them entertained and connected to you.

Activities include two-way video chats, DOGTV time, interactive games where your dog can earn treats by pushing a button, and even aromatherapy sessions. If your dog is like another child—and you don’t mind spending a little extra to let him know how much you care—the PetChatz is the perfect choice.

Compare the Best Pet Cams

Product
Product Image
Audio and Video
Extra Features
Learn More
Best for Dogs
Best Value
Best for Cats
Best for Monitoring
Best for Video
PetChatz Wyze Cam Pan Pawbo Pet Camera Petzi Treat Cam Petcube
Pet Chatz Pet Camera Wyze Cam Pan product image Pawbo Pet Camera PETZI Treat Cam Petcube Play Pet Camera
Two-way audio and video Two-way audio
One-way video
Two-way audio
One-way video
One-way audio and video Two-way audio
One-way video
Treat dispenser
Games
Paw call button
Aromatherapy
DOGTV streaming
Pan, tilt, zoom, and scan
Motion tracking
Motion detection alerts
Treat dispenser
Laser toy
Digital zoom
Add-on accessories
Treat dispenser
Night vision
Laser toy
Motion detection alerts
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Reviews of the Best Pet Cameras

PetChatz: Best for Dogs

While the price tag for the PetChatz is steep, it’s not bad when you consider the savings of not having to send your anxious pup to doggy day care. You can video chat with your pet any time, and the handy paw button even lets your pet call you. But don’t worry, you won’t have to paws an important meeting to take a call from Fido because the PetChatz app lets you set specific times of day to accept PawCalls.

You can use the PetChatz app to operate the device from anywhere, offer your dog treats, release calming scents, and even turn on his favorite shows on DOGTV (with a DOGTV subscription). You can also set up game time with the PawCall button, so your pet can press a button for a treat. PetChatz online training videos can help you teach your pet how to enjoy all the fun features the device offers.

Aside from the steep price, the only other drawback of the PetChatz is that the camera’s viewing angle is just 65 degrees, which is significantly smaller than the usual 130-degree range we’ve seen from other cameras.

Pros

  • Video chat
  • Treat dispenser
  • Aromatherapy
  • DOGTV
  • Pet calling

Cons

  • High price tag
  • Narrow viewing angle

Wyze Cam Pan: Best Value

The Wyze Cam Pan security camera doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of an actual pet camera, but its low price and wide viewing angle earned it a spot near the top of our list.

It can swivel a full 360 degrees in under three seconds, and it has pan and tilt capabilities to give you an additional 93 degrees of vertical viewing. You can set it for motion detection, so if your dog or cat enters the room, it will start following their movement and recording what it sees. But keep in mind that at this lower price point, the motion tracking is both noisy and a little delayed, and the sound quality for the two-way talk feature isn’t crystal clear.

Still, the 1080p high-definition video is clearer than many other pet cameras on the market. There’s no subscription fee to use the app, and it comes with 14 days of free rolling cloud storage. The camera also has an SD card slot if you’d rather save your video that way. We like that you can share your camera info with family and friends so they can keep an eye on things for you when you go out of town.

Pros

  • 360-degree view
  • Motion tracking
  • Low price tag
  • No subscription fee
  • SD card slot

Cons

  • Delayed motion detection
  • No treat dispenser

Pawbo Pet Camera: Best for Cats

The Pawbo is a good all-around camera for any pet, but it has a few features that make it an especially good fit for the kitties in your life. The treat dispenser holds only a few handfuls of treats, so if you reward your pet frequently, you’ll have to make sure it stays full. The laser toy is a lot of fun for cats, and you can operate it remotely using the Pawbo app. The app also lets you share images and video from your Pawbo cam on social media, and you can store additional recordings on your iOS or Android device.

The 720p video isn’t the high-definition quality of some of the other cameras on the market, but it has a wide 130-degree viewing angle and 4x digital zoom. With that video quality, you may not be able to tell exactly what your cat is carrying from the kitchen to the living room, but you’ll be able to see what she’s up to in almost any part of the room.

Pros

  • Laser toy
  • Social media sharing
  • 130-degree angle
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Wall mount

Cons

  • Spotty streaming
  • Low video resolution

Other Pet Cameras That Are Worth a Look

PETZI Treat Cam

Petzi Treat Cam

Best for Monitoring

The Petzi Treat Cam has some great features, like the treat dispenser with automatic Amazon Dash Replenishment for when it gets low, and it can be placed on a tabletop or mounted to the wall. But while you can talk to your pet through the camera, communication doesn’t go both ways, and the 100-degree viewing angle is limited. It’s a little less expensive than some of the more advanced pet cams, but it has bugs to work out, like some treat jams and image delay and distortion.

Petcube Play Pet Camera

Petcube

Best for Video

The Petcube is pricey for what it offers, which is why it didn’t make it closer to the top of our list. It has a fun laser pointer for your cats, and two-way talk, but no treat dispenser and no pan or tilt functions. It has a wide 138-degree field of view, but that big view is hard to see on a little screen without the option to zoom in the Petcube app. We also hoped for better-quality video and audio, but the Petcube video can be easily distorted with too much or too little light, and the sound from the camera’s speaker is garbled.

Things to Consider

When shopping for a pet camera, think about how much time you spend away from home and what your biggest concerns are when it comes to your pet. If you’re worried about your pet’s safety, you’ll want a pet monitor camera with a wider field of view and two-way audio. If your pet has anxiety, a camera with some added fun stuff, like treats and games might help them relax. If you’re still on the fence about buying a pet camera, check out 4 Reasons Why You and Your Pets Need a Dedicated Pet Cam.

FAQs

Can night vision technology be harmful to my pet?

No. Night vision works like a microphone, but for light instead of sound. It takes the dim light entering the lens and converts it to electricity, then amplifies the signal so that it shows up brighter on the screen. Infrared night vision cameras work slightly differently. They detect heat, like motion detectors detect motion. They take that heat reading and turn it into a signal that then becomes a picture on the screen. Most pet cameras use regular night vision, not infrared, but both kinds are completely harmless.

Where should I put my pet camera?

Putting your pet camera at (or slightly above) your pet’s eye level will give you the best viewing angle. If your camera comes with added features, like a laser pointer or treat dispenser, take some time to experiment with placement (especially before you mount it to the wall). Keep in mind that laser pointers usually work better when the device is closer to the ground, and bright lights from windows or lamps can interfere with video quality.

How do I train my pet to come to the pet camera when I’m not home?

Positive conditioning is key. Once you’ve set up the camera in your home, walk your pet over to it. Use your phone to access the video feed and call your pet using one of the chimes, or use the two-way audio to call them with your voice. Then give them a treat, or use the app function to have the device dispense a treat. Do this several times, and then get a friend or family member to encourage your pet to respond to the camera while you’re out of the house or in another room. Like any learned behavior, it just takes practice—and a lot of treats!

How We Chose the Best Pet Cams

We checked out what popular pet sites were saying about different cameras and researched which key features matter most to pet parents. We dug deeper to learn about the top cameras and their pros and cons, so we could bring you the best of the best. Read our full methodology to find out more about how we research and review products.

Written by Kasey Tross

Kasey is a trained Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member and a freelance writer with expertise in emergency preparedness and security. As the mother of four kids, including two teens, Kasey knows the safety concerns parents face as they raise tech-savvy kids in a connected world, and she loves to research the latest security options for her own family and for SafeWise readers. Learn more

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