Investing in one of the best pet cameras on the market is a great way to put your mind at rest when you have to leave your furry friend all alone.
You can enjoy your time outside of the home safe in the knowledge that you can check in on your dog or cat any time you like. You’ll be able to reassure the needy ones, keep an eye on your furniture and other belongings, and also have the added benefit of home security.
The good news is that there’s something to suit every budget, so whether you want something quite sophisticated that gives you a wide range of features - including being able to feed your dog treats remotely - or something relatively simple and straightforward, you should be able to find something for you.
It’s ideal to look for two-way audio so you can talk to your pet, but other specifications you might want to keep an eye out include the ability to let multiple people connect to the camera, night vision or real-time alerts which ping to your phone.
Note that most of the cameras here are called “dog cameras”, but you can, of course, use them with cats - or indeed any other type of animal you keep at home. You could also keep an eye out for baby cameras, many of which perform very similar functions, too.
Here are our picks of the best…
The Furbo Dog Camera is one of the best pet cameras on the market at the moment and one of the most popular. It's not difficult to see why, despite its relatively high cost: it can toss out treats as well as watching what's going on at home, in crisp 1080p video and with a 160-degree field of view that's going to take in most of what's happening in a room.
The 4x zoom and night vision help you see even more. You can get "bark alerts" pushed to your phone if your pooch is making too much noise, and the Furbo Dog Camera has two-way audio as well, which is handy for admonishing or praising your pet from the other side of the world (or the office). It's solidly and stylishly built, and is an excellent choice.
The Furbo Dog Camera isn't the only one that can dispense treats – take a look at the Skymee Dog Camera, for instance, which does the same trick. it's compact and cute enough (and designed to be dog-proof as well), and even comes with an indicator light that shows your dog when you're connecting to the camera's video feed via the app.
The video quality goes all the way up to a very impressive 1080p, there's night vision and two-way audio, and you can even control the camera with Alexa (though that's not much if you're not at home). As you would expect from one of the best pet cameras of 2019, you get motion detection alerts, and you can even play a series of games with your canine companion through the phone app.
Although there’s a few models out there which allow you to see and talk to your pets, and even throw them treats, what we like about the Pawbo is the option to play a laser game with them remotely.
That’s especially fun for cats, but some dogs also find it fun too. Other useful functions include the ability to add multiple users to the camera, a 130-degree wide-angle lens, 4x digital zoom, 2-way audio and an easy set up.
If you just want something simple that does a good job and doesn’t cost a bomb, then the Neos SmartCam is surprisingly adept for something so low in cost.
For less than £25, you get something which can provide 1080p full-HD video, gives you 2-way audio, cloud storage and a well-featured app that lets you spy on your pet remotely.
You don’t get a huge wide-angle, nor the ability to move or pan the camera. You also can’t chuck out treats remotely, but if you just want to keep an eye on your pet - and give them verbal reassurance - it’s a great option.
As these are so in low in price, it might be worth investing in at least two to put in different rooms of the house that your pet has access to.
If you want the best pet camera in the business then you want features like motion detection, two-way audio, high-quality video, and night vision, and the Tooge Dog Camera delivers on all those fronts. It can detect motion in front of the camera, it lets several family members connect at once, and it's all yours for a very respectable retail price as well.
Besides that low, low price, we also like the way the Tooge Dog Camera can rotate its view to take in a wide variety of angles – with 350-degree rotation, it can almost survey an entire room in your home. Note that while you can connect to the live feed from anywhere, and get motion alerts, actual recordings are saved to local storage rather than the cloud.
This Victure model is marketed as an all-round security camera for the home, but keeping an eye on the dog or any other pet is definitely one of the tasks it can do well. It's another camera with a rotating top, so it can pan and tilt and zoom to take in whatever you need to look at – everything can be controlled and viewed from the screen on your smartphone.
The video feed goes up to a top quality of 1080p so your pet is visible in crystal clear footage, and there's night vision here too, plus two-way audio. Motion detection alerts get pinged to your phone as you would expect, and the Victure Wireless Indoor Camera ends up providing just about everything you could want from one of the best pet cameras.
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