Pet Cameras FAQ
Why do I need a dedicated pet cam?
A dedicated pet camera can be helpful to keep an eye on your pet’s health, moderate their behavior, and engage with them while you’re away.
Catching your dog chewing on furniture could not only save your couch, but it could also alert you that your dog is hungry, anxious, or stressed. When you’re gone, your pet can get bored, lonely, and anxious.
Taking time out of your day to visit your pet, even virtually, can help keep both you and your pet content and happy.
What’s the difference between a dog camera and a cat camera?
It’s all in the features. While most pet cameras work for all kinds of pets, we recommend getting a camera with features that fit your pet’s needs and interests.
- Pet cameras with laser pointers work best for cats.
- Pet cameras with treat launchers and bark sensors are better for dogs.
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 extra features, experiment with placement to find the right spot. 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 reinforcement works best. Several of the cameras on this list have tones and calls you can use to condition your pet to come to the camera.
Start by showing the camera to your pet, and dispense a treat. This shows them where the camera is and that it’s safe. Then, use the ringtones or two-way audio to call them to the device, and dispense a treat.
Do this several times—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 lots of treats).