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It can be difficult to be away from home when you have a cat. So you might be looking at a smart pet toy to keep him/her company. Both these interactive pet cameras will let you:
- Use your smartphone to check your cat from anywhere
- Play with a moveable laser pointer to prevent laziness and weight problems
- Talk to your cat to comfort him/her or just for company
- Record images and video (to collect or share on Social Media)
- For Kittyo: treat him/her with a cookie as a reward for good behavior
But to help you decide which one is better for you or a better deal, we have listed the results of our tests in a direct comparison below.
Comparison Table Kittyo vs Petcube
|Shape And Dimensions||Cylindrical, 5" diam, 9" high||Cubical, 3" x 3" x 3"|
|Laser Pointer||5 mW Pet Safe||5 mW Pet Safe, slightly quicker|
|Treat Dispenser||8 Yummy Treats||None, Requires Bites extension|
|Camera||720P Wide Angle||1080P Wide Angle + Night Vision|
|Audio||Listen And Speak||Listen And Speak|
|Home Security Functionality||Not Available||Alerts when major activity is detected|
|Smart Cat Features||Special Sounds To Attract Cat||Automatic Recording|
|Pros||All-in-One device, good treat dispenser, cheapest option.||High quality camera, great night vision, and responsive laser|
|Cons||Laser could be faster||Needs an expensive add-on to treat your cat|
|Summary||If you want an all-in-one device, then Kittyo is the best option. Designed specifically for cats, it combines everything you need to play and throw treats in one housing. It works well, looks great, is durable, and easy to use.||The Petcube Play is the best choice for pet owners that want the highest resolution camera and the option to add a treat dispenser at a later moment. The combination will be more expensive but also offers the benefit of placing both devices at different places.|
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Video: Kittyo Quality Is Great, Petcube Play Has Night Vision And Higher Resolution
The camera is the most crucial part of a Smart Pet Toy.
A bad camera will make every other function harder to use. And a good camera does not just have to perform under ideal lighting conditions; it has to work well in our homes where it’s often darker than outside.
Kittyo uses a 720P camera without night vision. Petcube Play uses a 1080P camera with night vision.
A higher resolution of the camera is not always better.
The higher the resolution, the more data will be used.
Kittyo Video Quality
Petcube Video Quality
Having a camera with night vision is a definitive advantage when you leave the house at night or in winter. It means you don’t have to leave any lights on in order to see your cat well. And that is better for the environment and your electricity bill.
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Laser Pointer: Both Have A Good Laser Pointer, Controls Take Some Getting Used To
The laser pointer is going to be the biggest reasons why we are looking at these two devices. This is how you get your cat to jump around the room, give it a great workout, and create nice videos to share.
Both devices have similar laser performance. They are both safe for your cats eyes, and can be steered within the camera’s field of view.
You control the laser movement with your finger on the screen of your smartphone. It takes a little getting used to, because you can’t just touch a point and have the laser shine there. Instead you move the laser by swiping in a direction, and have it move that way.
A number of customers complain about the laser controls, but we didn’t feel any limitations. Of course, you do need to learn it, but that is true for many things.
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Treat Dispenser: Kittyo Works Reliable, Petcube Requires Costly Extension
Treats are a great way to reward your cat and encourage the right behavior.
They are powerless against their favorite cookie or piece of food. So it’s a cool idea to be able to treat you cat from a distance and see how they enjoy it. Kittyo is the only device to feature a steerable laser pointer and treat dispenser in one housing.
The Kittyo treat dispenser can house 8 treats which always got us through a full day. The treats are placed in a rotating magazine that allows for a wide range of treat sizes.
Now Petcube has a separate treat dispenser that can integrate with the Play. Of course, having two separate devices is more expensive and requires communication between them. But it also allows you to place the treat dispenser in a different location than the camera.
So you can get optimal placement for both: High for the camera for the best field of view and laser area, low of the treat dispenser so the treats don’t fly all through the room.
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Petcube is equipping their Smart Pet Cameras with a function for home security. When the device detects a lot of activity, it will send you a sound or visual alert on your smartphone. You can’t use it as a complete home security system because it only watches part of your living room. But it’s a nice feature that can also detect when your pets are going crazy or destroying the furniture. It can allow you to intervene with the audio system and break the habit, which is otherwise very difficult.back to menu ↑
Kittyo is a web-connected device that you can use to play, talk, or watch your cat while away. In addition, you can use it to dispense treats. It is being developed and built by Lee Miller. He has been looking for a better way to interact with our pets for years. After a very successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014, there was enough funding to make it a reality
The first products were shipped to early adopters in spring of 2016 and many people have had a great time with their cats. Since then it as been continuously improved and is a mature product now.
Setup is easy because all you have to do is set-up your user account with your Wi-Fi password. After this, you can interact with your cat remotely via the app. To make things easier, the UI is as clean as possible.
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Petcube could be called the most successful interactive pet camera to date. The cute box with moveable laser pointer was introduced at the end of 2014 at CES. Since then many people have used the original to play with their cats and dogs from anywhere. In early 2016 they introduced the updated version called Play and a treat dispensing extension called Bites.
Setup is very similar to the Kittyo. You download the app, connect the device to your Wifi and are ready to get started. First you use the smartphone app to connect directly to the device. Then you select your preferred network, login information and options you would like. After this you can access your camera and laser pointer from anywhere and start having fun.
Kittyo and Petcube are both web-connected smart devices that you can use to monitor, play with, and talk to your cat remotely. They also come with apps that support functionalities such as dispensing treats and recording pet videos. The main differences are:
- Kittyo has a treat dispenser and Petcube Play has not. This can be a critical feature to get your cat to be become and stay focused on the device.
- Kittyo can attract your cat with noises and lights.
- Petcube Play has the best camera, both in resolution and night vision.
- Petcube Play with Petcube Bites will give you the ability to dispense treats and play with the laser, but will be a lot more expensive than Kittyo.
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Why Use A Pet Camera?
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Americans keep 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats as pets. Other types of pets include birds, tortoises, lizards, fish, and even snakes. However, many people leave their pets unattended at home to go to work or run errands.
Our pets don’t like to be alone any more than humans do. So they aren’t happy when we leave them alone at home or go out or to work. We can’t just give them the keys to the house and let them walk around in the city either. So does that mean that people with busy jobs can’t have pets? No, a new breed of connected devices has come to the rescue. These innovative devices allow us to stay in touch and play with our pets from anywhere through WiFi and smartphone apps.