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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 spend more time together. Petcube and Kittyo are two of our favorite options for cats and both will let you:
- Check on your cat from anywhere with a smartphone.
- Give him/her a workout using a moveable laser pointer.
- Talk to and hear your cat.
- 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 even though these devices seem very similar, there are some distinct differences. So here is our experience and analysis of these interactive cat cameras. In the comparison table below you can easily see how we found them to compare to each other
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|
|Treat Dispenser||8 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||Use special sounds to attract your cat to the camera.||Automatic Recording when something happens in front of the camera|
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Read below how we found Kittyo and Petcube Play to stack up on all the important features.back to menu ↑
Video: Kittyo Quality Is Great, Petcube Play Has Night Vision And Higher Resolution
Kittyo uses a 720P camera without night vision. Petcube Play uses a 1080P camera with night vision.
How much you need the night vision is going to depend on your house and habits. Our house is pretty dark so we used the night vision a lot. Especially in winter when it gets dark early (almost right after lunch) it allowed us to still see the room and cat.
Both cameras take great quality video and pictures as you can see below.
Kittyo Video Quality
Petcube Video Quality
Petcube Play records at a higher resolution and that became clearly visible when we took screenshots and viewed them on a large screen. On our phones there was hardly any noticeable difference.back to menu ↑
Laser Pointer: Both Have A Good Laser Pointer, Controls Take Some Getting Used To
The laser pointer was always our biggest attraction for 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 pointers. They are both safe for your cats eyes, and can be steered from the smartphone app 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 go there. Instead you move the laser from it’s starting point by swiping in a specific direction.
After a few minutes it became pretty easy.
Making our cats chase the dot at home makes our commutes a lot more fun. Many people play video games to kill time but I prefer this!back to menu ↑
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.
Petcube offers a treat dispenser that can integrate with the Play. It’s called the Bites and you can read our full review here. 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.back to menu ↑
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 and Petcube are both great interactive cat cameras that let you talk, play, and check up on your cat from anywhere. We found them both to be; easy to install, reliable, and have great support.
- Kittyo has a treat dispenser and Petcube Play has not. This can be a critical feature to get your cat to be come to the camera.
- Kittyo can attract your cat with noises and lights. We found that these generally work well once we found the ones that resonated with our cat.
- Both Kittyo and Petcube Play have great cameras. We preferred the Petcube Play because of the night vision and full HD resolution but it did use quite a lot of data.
- If you want to have the same functionality of Kittyo with Petcube you will be spending a lot more money because you will need the Bites too.
This brings our comparison to a close. We did do some research on both companies. Below you can read how they started, their successes and what makes them unique.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 Petcube 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.
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.