Are you away from home long hours at a time? Do you find yourself missing your furry friend while you are away? You may want to consider a pet monitoring device to keep you and your pet connected when you can’t be by their side.
Pet monitoring devices have become increasingly popular and some are now available with lots of bells and whistles.
Pet monitoring systems have evolved to include more options than you can imagine. They can be as basic as a single camera monitoring the comings and goings of your furry friend in one room, to ones that have features such as:
- Two-way calling with a PawCall button
- Bark alert
- Treat dispenser
- Night vision
- Photos to capture and share
- Sound and motion alerts
- Laser pointer you can control with an app or set to auto
- Pan/tilt/zoom function
- Aromatherapy option
Here are the details on the most popular models:
Furbo Dog Camera
The Furbo may be the most well-known of the pet monitoring devices and is very popular for a reason. It has a modern design with nearly all the amenities. It dispenses treats, has two-way chat, bark alert that notifies your smartphone when barking is detected, a 1080p HD camera with a 160-degree wide-angle view with 4x zoom, and night vision.
The Furbo averages $135.
Petzi Treat Cam
The Petzi Treat Cam launches treats for your pet and allows you to capture candid photos that you can share on social media. This device is built with high-quality audio and 720p HD camera.
It has the ability to monitor levels of treats and automatically reorder when your supply runs low. This device is a bargain at just under $100.
Pawbo Life Wifi Camera
This treat camera is unique in that it supports up to eight users. It also has a two-way audio and 130-degree wide-angle lens, 720p HD, 4x zoom, and a laser pointer that can be moved manually or automatically so that you can keep your pet entertained and active while you are away from home.
It has a snap-and-share feature for social media as well as the ability to record video and save to your smartphone.
The Pawbo averages $149.
Petcube Play Smart Pet Camera
While this camera does not dispense treats it does include two-way audio, a laser pointer that you can control manually or automatically, 1080p HD video, 138-degree wide angle view, 3x zoom, and motion and sensor alerts. It’s also compatible with Alexa.
The PetCube averages $149.
Tooge Pet Camera
This camera also does not dispense treats but has two-way audio, motion detection and a panoramic view of 350 degrees, and can tilt 80 degrees. It also supports multiple users and is a bargain at $39.99.
For those who want it all, PetChatz is the device for you. Not only does it dispense treats and detect motion and sound, it’s the only device to offer two-way video chats in addition to audio chats, calming aromatherapy spritzing, as well as entertainment with DOGTV (subscription required).
You can also purchase the PawCall accessory separately so that your pet can placeits paw on a button to notify you it wants to chat. PetChatz averages $299 and PawCallaverages $79.
There’s never been more options to stay connected to your pet while you’re away from home. While these devices can’t replace that special one-on-one bonding time with your furry friend, you can take comfort in knowing you’re only a few clicks away from seeing their sweet face.
Nicole Forsyth is president and CEO of , an organization that focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the human-animal bond through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. She writes Dollars and Pets for the Bay Area News Group. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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