Are you thinking of getting a pet camera installed in your home to keep an eye on your furry friends when you go to work? Well, you’re not the only one thinking of getting one! 

According to Statista, the pet monitoring camera market was worth 22.8 million U.S. dollars in the United States in 2018. This figure is anticipated to soar to around 116.9 million U.S. dollars by 2025. Looking at the data shows that mischievous pets have compelled the owners to install cameras to see what they are up to. 

In this blog post, we will give you an A to Z guide on how to find the right pet camera, what features to watch out for, and how to install one by yourself. Let’s dive in! 

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What Types Of Pet Cameras Are Available In The Market? 

Multiple types of cameras are available at your disposal that you can select from to monitor your pets. They are: 

1. Traditional Pet Cameras

The name of the camera itself gives the hint that it will be very simple. These tools are without any advanced features such as treat dispensing or communication options. Their primary purpose is to show what your pets are doing when you are not around. 

2. Treat Dispensing Cameras 

With the advancement of technology everywhere, even cameras are not spared as the latest ones are equipped with treat dispensing features. What does that do? It provides them with essential nutrition, especially when you are not around so you won’t have to worry about feeding them. These cameras can come in handy when you’re traveling to another place for a short time and are leaving the pets alone at home. 

3. Interactive Pet Cameras 

These cameras play a vital role in monitoring your pet’s movements. How? The device attracts pet owners through its two-way audio system that allows the owners to talk to their friends with a tail and train them across the gadget. If your pet listens to your voice then you will face no issue in conditioning it via the interactive pet camera. 

What Features Should The Pet Camera Contain? 

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You will want the best of the best cameras to monitor your pet’s movements in your absence and if you have left them under someone else’s supervision. So what features should the pet camera contain to give you some piece of mind that your pet is doing well? Let’s have a look at the list below: 

Movement Sensor 

The movement sensors or motion detectors will tell you the whereabouts of your pets. How? The camera will detect and follow your pet’s movements. If the camera has a two-way communication system too, then even better as you can use it to talk to your pets on the spot and call them out when they think they are not being watched. Just imagine the face of your cat when it hears your voice, thinking it’s alone in the house! 

Can View From Anywhere

If your work requires you to travel regularly or you are going on a family vacation, where, unfortunately, you cannot take your pet with you, a camera with remote viewing will be handy. When we say remote viewing it means that you can watch your pet sitting in any part of the world. Have your mind at peace and interact with them through the remote viewing option. Make sure you face no issues in connecting the feature or else at the back of your mind you will be upset thinking about your pet. 

Good Quality Of The Video 

While purchasing a mobile phone, you check the camera’s quality and purchase accordingly. The same theory applies to pet cameras as well. When you are at the shop or ordering the camera online, read the camera description. The quality of the video should be clear with 1080p HDR to avoid pixelated graphics that will disturb the monitoring.

Tilt and Zoom 

If your pet can sit in one place for many hours, then consider yourself lucky, but the owners whose pets are over-enthusiastic then they must buy a camera with a feature of tilting and zooming to see what mischief their pets are up to. 

Wireless Camera  

A camera with wires becomes difficult to handle and taking it from room to room to monitor your pet’s behavior and your pet might end up chewing the wires. The whole aim of the camera will get wasted. Therefore, search for a wireless camera to give yourself and the device sufficient freedom to move around detecting your pet’s movements. 

Sufficient Built-in Storage 

It often becomes annoying when you need to transfer the data from the camera to the cloud to prevent the camera’s storage from getting filled within days. Hence lay your hands on such a camera that amazes you with sufficient built-in storage so that even data recovery does not become a hassle for you. 

Wide-Angle View 

Don’t ignore the camera with a feature of wide-angle view as that will help you witness your pet’s movements across the room without the need to switch angles. 

Treats and Toys 

The latest pet cameras now come with treats and toy dispensers and the best part about them is that they can be operated remotely. If you are a new pet owner then you can discipline them through this feature. On behaving well and following your commands, you can allow the dispenser to treat them as a reward. 

The same is the case with toys too. Some cameras are equipped with toy dispensers with toys like a feather or laser pointer. In case your pets get lonely while you’re not around, they can use these toys to have some fun and play. 

How To Install A Pet Camera? 

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Make sure you choose a camera that suits your lifestyle, the pets you have, and your budget because there are endless options like cameras with WIFI connectivity to smoothly connect your smartphone when you are traveling, treats as rewards, and seamless interaction, where you can talk to your pet. 

Once you choose the best option, you might have to install the cameras yourself on your property. Don’t worry, you don’t need a Ph.D. in DIY to do it, all you need is a few tools, and follow our guide! 

Step 1: Get Ready To Unbox The Pet Camera 

You will be excited to unbox the new family member: the pet camera and invest time in understanding how it works, where will be precisely installed to give you the best view of your pet’s favorite corners of the room? Would you prefer playing with your pet through the device or just monitoring their movements? 

So carefully unbox the newest addition to your home. Make sure you don’t tear the packaging as the equipment comes with sensitive attachments like a camera unit, a power adapter, and probably a booklet of a manual to guide you on how to go about the installation process. 

Camera Inspection 

After taking out the necessary items from the packaging check if the camera is damaged from any angle during delivery. Inspect the device for cracks or loose parts. Why? A defective part will have an adverse impact on the functionality of the entire device and you will regret your investment. Therefore check that everything is complete and in working condition. 

Understand The Components 

You really don’t have to be a very tech-savvy person to understand how the different components of the camera will assemble together. . Figure out the lens, the power connector, and micro SD card space if applicable then see its condition insert it in the given slot, and search for indicators or buttons provided in the package. This understanding will help you get familiarized with the working of the pet camera and where to join the cables. 

Step 2: Install The Pet Camera Software 

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The next step is to install the best pet camera software to connect your device with.

Go to Play Store and type for the ideal pet camera software. Read the reviews of the application. How well has it been doing in the market? Are pet owners satisfied with their work? If the reviews are five stars then that is a green signal for you to install that application right away!

Create Your Account

Once you have installed the pet camera, make an account or log in with your existing social media accounts, if the application grants you that option. On the other hand, if you used the application sometime back and remember your credentials, then simply log in. 

Time To Connect The Camera With The Application 

The application will provide you with the option of connecting the camera with the application. Follow the instructions. The connection asks you to scan via the QR code which might be positioned on the manual or the camera itself. However, some models can ask you to fill in the details manually. 

Your phone and the pet camera must be connected to the Wifi during the step so that there is no hindrance in syncing the device with the application waiting in your mobile to get started with monitoring and controlling. 

Step 3: Install The Cameras

Once you have downloaded the relevant app that comes with the hardware, it’s time to install the actual cameras around the property. 

Pick The Ideal Spot 

Where does your pet love to play? In which room? Pick the ideal spot that gives you the ideal wide-angle spot to monitor your pet’s movement. The place should receive excellent Wifi signals as well or else it will distort the quality of the video. And lessen lights or draw curtains on your window to discourage glare on the camera lens. 

Mounting The Camera 

If you have purchased the camera that needs to be mounted in your home, then read what the mounting kit says so that it can be safely attached to the wall. 

Freestanding Camera 

For the cameras without any mounting features. These can be adjusted on high surfaces like a cabinet or shelf.

Field Of View and Camera Angle 

Do you want the maximum view of the room your dog is playing in? Then for that, you have to position the camera at an angle, where you can see most of the room. 

Experiment with your camera, identify the different angles it provides, and look for any blind spots, where your pet’s motion can slip your attention. 

The cardinal purpose of the pet camera is to give you a view to monitor them without barriers and, therefore look into the angles to have the desired outcome. 

Step 4: Connect To Wifi and Figure Out Settings 

Connect to Wifi
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After adjusting it to the wall, the next milestone you have to achieve is to connect to the Wifi and figure out the settings to put the camera into action:

Connect To The Wifi 

Whichever pet camera application you have installed will have its Wi-Fi connectivity settings. Click on the settings action of the application. You will find an option to connect to the internet, tap on your home’s internet, and type the password. In case the application has more instructions for you to adhere to, then don’t overlook them as all steps are equally important to follow.

Adjust The Camera 

The Wifi is connected then move ahead to the next step. That is to adjust the camera.

Figure out what options is the application giving you. You can change the video quality according to your internet’s speed because the higher the video quality the higher the bandwidth needed.  

Enable Motion Detection Option

Does your application have a motion detection option? Then enable that. Why? Here you can customize the sensitivity and if you want to receive more alerts then add particular zones to know where your pet is. 

A good and smooth internet provides you with the optimum results without disruption, hence follow the above-mentioned steps. 

Step 5: Test The Pet Camera 

Even if you have installed the pet camera and the related software on your mobile, it is recommended to test all the features before you leave the pets alone. Otherwise, you have to re-install another application and maybe start from scratch. 

Live Feed Testing

Click on the camera application and turn on the option to view the live feed. Check whether the camera’s video quality is clear and covers the area your pet is mostly found in. If the camera is missing out on any spaces then readjust the camera’s angle. 

Motion Sensor Testing 

The perfect way to test the motion sensor is to walk in front of it to check whether the camera detects your movement or not. See if the application sends the mobile with updates of the movement. 

Treat Testing 

If the pet camera has the treat dispensing feature, then check whether it functions normally. But in case it needs to be set then adjust according to your preferences. 

Resolve The Common Issues 

If the camera faces connectivity issues, then just refresh the application or restart the camera to give you the desired results.

Not Upto The Mark Video Quality 

See what settings is the camera on? Adjust them according to your requirements. Check for the potential barriers or it’s time to clean the lens of the device. 

Step 6: Make Your Pet Comfortable With The Camera  

Make your Pet Comfortable with camera
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It might be possible that the pet camera upsets or scares your pet and it ends up barking at it as a reaction. You have to make your pet comfortable and let it get familiar with the new addition. How? Let’s find out: 

Place The Camera In Your Pet’s Favorite Area 

Place the camera in your pet’s favorite area and allow it to get comfortable at their speed. Just don’t position it too closely or else that will frighten your furry friend.

Make The Most Out Of The Treat Dispensing Option 

If the pet monitoring camera has a built-in treat dispensing option, then make the most out of it.  This will condition them to think that the camera is not their enemy and a good source of treats. 

Conclusion 

To wrap things up: there are different cameras available in the market, equipped with a wide range of features that you must look into to see which of them will be the most productive in terms of monitoring your pet’s behavior. Keeping an eye on your pet is one of the best things that technology has allowed us to do, giving us pet owners the peace of mind knowing that our pets are well-fed and safe. 

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Last Update: February 16, 2024