Gadgets, Technology

The Perfect Camera for Every Kind of Pet Parent

I recently adopted a cat from the SF SPCA, named “Guinevere”, a.k.a “Guinney” or “The Queen.” She’s the first cat I’ve ever owned (I’m generally more of a dog person), but I was sold the moment I saw her. She’s spunky, fierce, stubborn, funny, talkative, curious, protective, and I’m completely obsessed.

Here at Cutline, we’re fans of furry, four-legged friends, as well as the tech that improves our connected care for them. I’m always curious about what she’s up to when we’re away at work, so I like to check on her every once in awhile through a live stream. Check out what I currently use for Guinney, as well as some other awesome cameras to creep on your cats and canines!

iCam ($4.99) + iCamSource ($4.99); ($7.99 for a bundle)
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I adopted Guinney spontaneously, so I wasn’t fully prepared with supplies right away, including a pet cam. This was the perfect app bundle to get started with. I set up iCamSource on my mounted iPad at home, and I was able to keep an eye on her with the iCam app on my phone while away at work.

Piper ($199)
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After a few days, I was ready to invest in a decent camera. I was directed to Piper from the store associate and agreed to take it home. It has an awesome wide view, which allows me to zoom and adjust where I want to look, as well as two-way communication so I can talk to her directly from my phone when I’m away. Sometimes Guinney hides in the oddest places. If motion or loud sounds are detected, I have the option to get notified right away. Piper also acts as a hub and can connect with other smarthome tech products I can purchase in the future.

PetCube ($199)
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The built-in laser is what fascinates and interests me the most, because it allows me to entertain her from afar. There’s also a social network within the PetCube App, and you can get updates from public and shared PetCube users.

Dropcam ($199-$259)
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Our Cutliner, Esther, has two pooches and a chatty catty to come home to. When she hooked up her Dropcam, she said, “This is how I discovered it was Max, not Oatie, peeing inside.” #caught

Nest Cam ($199)
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Nest recently acquired DropCam, but DropCam users can still use their camera with the Nest software. Cutliner, Erin, uses Nest Cam and can tell when Baxter and Lucy’s dog walkers show up. She also claims Nest Cam showed her how Lucy is able to jump up onto the counter and steal treats!

Petzi ($169)
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I came across this device online and was super interested to know that our Cutliner, Katie, has one at home to keep an eye on her cuddly Corgi, Laya. She can see her, speak to her, and even dispense treats to her. Life-changing!

Cutline Communications
Published: Mar 2, 2016

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