I had the opportunity to speak with the Petcube folks at BlogPaws last year. I was intrigued with their product and was very excited when they contacted me to review the Petcube Play.
I was fairly sure I would enjoy the Petcube Play, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I really do like it! Read on for some more information.
What is Petcube Play?Petcube Play is a wifi enabled camera that lets you check in on your pets and interact with them via your smartphone. You can see and record live video, and even speak to them through the microphone. (My cats LOVE this!) A laser toy is installed in the unit so you can play with your fur babies anytime. (You can also use the auto play mode so they have some exercise and playtime when you’re not there.)
It’s very simple to use. All you have to do is plug in the unit, download the app and follow the setup process. I do admit I had to go through the setup on the app a couple of times, but I finally got it.
What’s in the box?The Petcube Play is nicely and securely packaged (in a cute box with an adorable cat on the side. Who can resist an adorable cat?) Inside you will find:
- Petcube Play Unit
- Power Source
- Reset pin
- Start Guide
- Cute little stickers
How does it work?You can set your Petcube Play on a table top or attach it to a tripod.
It worked better for me on a tripod because I leave the unit on the floor. Open the app and play with your pets. It’s that easy!
There is a motion detection setting that will record video when movement is sensed. Lexy very quickly learned that the red dot came from the Petcube Play, and has taken to stalking the unit.
This video was taken via the motion detector, and it cracks me up!
The night view is great. I snapped this photo while I was playing with the girls one night.
And this little video was captured at night through the motion detector.
The streaming video is very good quality. I have not experienced any graininess or freezing.
Petcube Play Features
- Streams 1080p HD video
- 138 degrees wide angle view
- 3X digital zoom
- Night vision for low light conditions
- Compatible with IOS 8 and Android 4.0 or newer
- Play with your pet with the built-in laser toy (with auto play mode)
- Sound and motion alerts directly to your phone
- 2-way audio with built-in speaker and microphone
- Choice of Matte Silver, Carbon Black or Rose Gold
The photo capture allows you to snap a photo and share it immediately on social media directly from the app.(Photos and videos can be saved directly to your smartphone as well.) You can also share your camera with other family members so they can enjoy the cuteness of your pets.
Petcube Care Cloud ServiceEvery Petcube Care device comes with a 30-day free trial to the Petcube Care cloud recording service. This not only gives you peace of mind that your pet is OK, but it also lets you know that your home is secure as well. Subscriptions allow for either 10 or 30 days of cloud recorded history, which you can access via the Petcube App on your phone. The 10-day subscription runs $10 per month, and the 30-day subscription runs $30 per month. You can save on each plan with an annual subscription.
- Make sure your camera is private! You don't want anyone accessing your camera.
- If you turn on the motion detector, make sure you put it on sleep when you get home...
..otherwise, you will have LOTS of video of you talking to your pets. (No, I won’t be sharing that!)
Those of you reading this know that we here at Lola The Rescued Cat love companies that help shelters. Petcube helps shelters connect future pet parents with adoptable pets. Future pet parents (and shelter staff as well) can play with the pets looking for their forever homes anytime right from their smartphone. Your shelter can sign up here for free to see how Petcube can help them. I watched a couple of shelters through the app and I loved it!
I admit I wonder what my cats do when I’m not around. And when I’m having a particularly stressful day I miss their presence near me. Today was one of those days and I decided I needed to take two minutes to myself. I opened up the Petcube app on my phone, called Lexy through the two-way mic, and started playing with her. Lola is never one to miss out on something and she followed close behind. It immediately my day easier.
The Petcube Play also gives me peace of mind because I can check in on my girls to make sure they (and things in my home) are ok. When I travel to BlogPaws in Myrtle Beach this May I’ll be able to keep an eye on them. I have the best pet sitters, but Lola and Lexy will be alone for at least 23 hours a day. Now they can hear my voice and enjoy some interaction to break up the hours. It will definitely bring me some comfort as well.
Would you miss your pets less if you had a Petcube Play?