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The Best Pet Cameras

One of the hardest things for pet owners is to leave their fur babies at home alone. It's a top priority to ensure your pet is safe (and not getting into trouble) while you're gone. These are 20 of the best interactive pet cameras for keeping an eye on your furry friend.
Updated Jul 17, 2020
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Jalesa Campbell | Safety and Security Reporter
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Things to look for when buying a pet camera

  • Two-way communication

    Many pet cameras provide owners with the ability to interact with their dogs and cats through two-way audio and some even offer two-way, live-streaming video. This allows your pet to hear your voice, interact with you. With two-way communication, you can always check in on your pets and calm them down with your voice and or video.

  • Send motion and noise alerts to your phone

    Most pet cameras come with the functionality of sending notifications to your phone when activity is detected nearby. Some cameras will even take short video clips and send them to you so you also get a visual of your pet. Another cool alert feature is noise detection, which involves sending out alerts if your dog barks, signaling that he or she may have heard something outside. Once video clips are captured, some cameras will give you the ability to store them in the cloud.

  • See what your dog or cat is up to while you're gone

    Keep an eye on your furry friend while you’re at work or on vacation with footage capture. Some pet cameras will allow you to watch live footage on your phone or stored in the cloud. This will allow you to see what’s happening at home and give you greater peace of mind that your pet is okay.

Compare Pet Cameras: Our Top 20 Picks

  • Best for Calming Your Pet

    PetChatz Pet Treat Camera

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    The Pet Chatz HD Pet Treat Camera allows your furry friend to reconnect with you through 2-way audio and video. Dispense treats, a PetChatz essential oil scent and monitor his or her behavior while you’re away through notifications and 30 second video clips.

    Stand-out features include

    • Remind your pet you’re there with 2-way video
    • Receive notifications whenever sound or motion is detected near the unit
    • Ease your furry friend’s separation anxiety with aromatherapy
  • Best Pet Camera for Smart Alerts

    Furbo Dog Camera

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    Interact with your dog during the day with the Furbo Dog Camera that helps you to stay connected with a 2-way chat feature and even alerts you whenever your dog is facing the camera for a “selfie”. One of the best parts is being able to play a game of catch by having the camera to toss a treat.

    Stand-out features include

    • Toss Fido a treat with the Furbo app
    • Get barking alerts sent to your smartphone
    • See your pet and the room clearly with a 160-degree wide-angle view
  • Best Value Pet Camera

    YI Dome Camera

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    Designed with 360-degree coverage and a high definition lens, this YI pet camera helps you stay connected with your pet. Two-way audio communication allows you to check in while activity alerts provide real-time updates when motion is detected.

    Stand-out features include

    • Features a robust HD lens with 360-degree coverage
    • Clear 2-way audio with an anti-noise filter
    • Focused motion-tracking that captures 10 second video clips
  • Tooge Pet Camera

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    The Tooge WiFi Dog Camera is a budget-friendly pet camera that features easy setup, two-way audio communication and motion alerts for detected activity. See and communicate with your pet while you’re gone without missing a beat.

    Stand-out features include

    • Features pan, tilt and zoom capabilities for multiple views
    • Get real-time alerts of activity while you’re gone
    • Clear two-way audio
    • Includes night vision to check on your pet at any hour
  • Pawbo Life Pet Camera

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    Keep your pet in good company with the Pawbo Life Pet Camera that provides smooth, HD live streaming video and laser functionality. You can chime in for a laser game and even reprimand your pet if they’re getting into trouble with the two-way talk and video feature.

    Stand-out features include

    • 720p HD lens allows for smooth live streaming
    • Pop in for a laser game or set one up automatically
    • Reward your pet with a treat for their good behavior
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What are the benefits of owning a pet camera?

Owning a pet camera can help you to have greater peace of mind while you’re away. Being able to tap in and see how your pet is doing can relieve stress on your end as well as relieve anxiety on their end. Additionally, with a pet camera you can train your pet not to chew on the pillows, bark at the mailman and more with a treat dispensing feature. Instill in them new habits without being present by having your pet dispenser share a treat or telling Alexa to do it for you. Since you can always check in, you can have a better idea of what your pet has been up to during the day–for instance if they’ve broken something or grabbed something that they shouldn’t have.

Find the best pet camera for checking on your pet

Pet cameras give you the power of knowledge when you’re not around. You’re not only capable of seeing and hearing your pet, but you can also interact with them, reprimand them if necessary and share treats with them. With the vast of number of pet monitoring devices available, you have plenty of options to find the best one for your needs.

Safety and Security Reporter

Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa is one of Safety.com's staff experts on home security, natural disasters, public safety, and family safety. She's been featured on Today.com and elsewhere.

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