Petcube Pet Camera with Interactive Laser Toy

Last updated date: September 26, 2019

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In our analysis of 198 expert reviews, the Petcube Petcube Pet Camera with Interactive Laser Toy placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.9
33 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
3,869 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Petcube Interactive Wi-Fi Pet Camera is an attractive, moderately priced pet cam. It offers a 138-degree wide-angle HD video camera with recording capabilities, two-way audio, and motion- and sound-detection capabilities. It does not dispense treats, but it does come with a built-in laser pointer toy that can be controlled via the Petcube app. To play with your pet, simply drag your finger across your smartphone screen and watch them chase the laser.
- SafeWise
The other great use is for animal shelters and establishments such as cat cafes. Petcube told me it works with a number of shelters across the US, and it’s nice that you’re able to help keep the animals entertained. Even if you don’t have a Petcube of your own, you might enjoy the app just to be able to play with and observe animals from around the world.
- Trusted Reviews
August 8, 2017 | Full review
Petcube is a smart wifi camera built in laser toy. Its let you see, talk, play and exercise your pet remotely.
- Top Family Reviews
November 26, 2018 | Full review
Petcube Play is an interactive pet camera that lets you watch (in HD!), talk to and play with your pets from your smartphone while you’re away; and it’s complete with an interactive laser toy, meaning that your pets will enjoy regular programmed playtime and exercise even while you’re away from home.
- Ideaing
January 4, 2019 | Full review
Widely regarded as the best overall pet camera on the market, the Petcube Camera offers a 1080p video experience, two-way audio, night vision and a built-in laser for some away-from-home pet fun. Featuring a brushed aluminum design with curved corners, the Petcube looks both modern and capable before you even turn it on. Beyond its beautiful design, the Petcube focuses on its Android and iPhone-ready smartphone app (Apple Watch, too) that allows for real-time interaction with your pets with the included laser toy.
- Lifewire
July 30, 2019 | Full review
The award-winning Petcube Camera, lets you watch, talk to, and play with your pet from anywhere on your smartphone. With this interactive wireless pet camera, you and your pet will never be apart. You can chat with your pet via 2-way audio and real-time video.
- The Z9
July 7, 2019 | Full review
The most useful Petcube Bites scenario is if your living environment is constrained for space or your pets are restricted to a particular room in the house, the better to consistently view and interact.
- Macworld
September 7, 2017 | Full review
This unit allows you to play with your fur baby right from your phone. Through the Petcube app, you can easily learn the secret life of your pet. That’s not all; you get to enjoy free cloud video storage. Just rewind and replay up to 4 hours of video history. The connectivity requirements are iOS 9.3, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, and Android 5.1.
- All Top Ten Reviews
June 2, 2019 | Full review
The Petcube Play pet camera is one of the best choices on the market. Small and discreet, this interactive Wi-Fi camera can easily be placed anywhere in your living room. It’s also packed full of features. It offers 1080p video, 138 wide angle view with 3x digital zoom, and night vision.
- Audio Authority
The apps work with iOS devices, recent Android models and the Apple Watch. You need the app to register the product and link your Petcube to your phone. Once set up, you can play with the laser, which is no stronger than that in a PC mouse. Even so, it is recommended that you don’t point it at your pet’s face.
- All Home Robotics
June 29, 2019 | Full review
The camera has 138 degrees wide view, 3x digital zoom, and HD video recording. There is a two-way audio system to listen and talk remotely. The company offers cloud storage service for free and you can watch the last 4 hours any time. The recording is activated by sound or by motion. The interesting part is that it has built-in laser toy system and you can control it remotely with the app on your phone.
- Theme Country
Petcube Care automatically detects movement and records video to the cloud, with four hours of storage free for life and other storage levels available with subscription
- Heavy
Setting up a Petcube is really easy.
- Make Use Of
July 25, 2016 | Full review
The Petcube Play is the premium version of the Petcube, with some added features. Petcube Play has a better quality camera, with night vision, and 3x digital zoom. The PetCube Play has 2 way audio just like the Petcube, however it also comes with sound and motion notification alerts. This helps makes your Petcube Play a home security device as well. Like the Petcube, the Petcube Play includes a 30-day free trial of Petcube Care which records and stores the videos taken by your device.
- WishingDwell
July 28, 2019 | Full review
Play with your pet while you are away using the smartphone app to control the pet-safe laser
- Paw Castle
It boasts many of the same intelligent features as a modern smart home camera but with the added bonus of interactive play to keep your pet engaged. A two-way communication mode allows you to talk to your pet when you're not home and the laser means you can play with them too.
- Pocket-lint
July 29, 2019 | Full review
Petcube Play is the revamped version of their original pet camera, and perhaps the most popular camera to revolutionize the market. This small cube-like camera uses an impressive 1080p wide angle lens for flawless live-streaming video.
- Woof Whiskers
July 10, 2019 | Full review
It has a discrete, modern design, is small enough to not be intrusive and has a non-slip pad on the bottom, which provides peace of mind for owners like me, who have cats that delight in knocking things over.
- Catological
The Petcube Smart Camera has more features than you’d expect. At a basic level, it’s a Wi-Fi-connected camera that lets you watch, record, and talk to your pets. But it also has a built-in laser (that’s safe for pets), so you can remotely play with your cat while you’re at work. Or you can set the laser to its automatic option when you’re too busy to play.
- Review Geek
August 1, 2019 | Full review
Ease your pet’s anxiety and let him or her know you’re there with the Petcube Play Smart Pet Camera. This camera captures HD video that you can replay with free cloud storage, and it is compatible with Amazon Alexa so you can easily issue voice commands.
- Safety
This camera delivers stunning images with sharp quality and resolution even viewed at night. It has easy setup and operation that even first time users could do it. It has a minimalistic and an adaptable design that could be barely recognized as a camera. It has excellent security and responding security features that you’ll really like.
- 10 Techy
The images and video have great quality as long as it’s not too dark. This is a great way to make video’s and photos of your pets that you just can’t get when you are in the room
- Smart Pet Toys Review
January 24, 2017 | Full review
Petcube Play pet camera is compatible with Alexa, so you can go hands free and ask Alexa to play with your pet or set to autoplay mode.
- SAVTOO
December 20, 2018 | Full review
Their effortless, user-friendly app makes it easy for you to entertain your cat.Have endless fun with the interactive laser toy.
- Cat Trackers
This is a neat little compact monitoring system is shaped like a cube. It has integrated camera, microphone, speakers and laser pointer. You could connect it to your Wi-Fi network and the system allows you to see, hear and talk to your pals. If you are too held up, hook up your friends or family to take care and play with your puppy instead.
- Pet Gear Lab
This allows you to play with your pup remotely and give them some exercise if they are looking a little bored.
- PetSide
May 22, 2019 | Full review
You can place it on a flat surface without causing any obstruction because of its tiny size which is just 1.3 pounds and 3 x 3 x 3 inches. Alternatively, you can screw it onto a tripod using the sturdy built-in mount. The camera offers color and night vision modes and is 1080p HD. That means that you can communicate with your pet when away for a short vacation or work without the worry of low light.
- Pet And Baby Gates
April 22, 2018 | Full review
Petcube has a unique laser pointer toy so you can play with your pets while away from the house. While the game associates more with cats, there are dogs who can enjoy the game as well. In addition, the Petcube also sports a 138 degree wide angle HD video camera and voice compatibility.
- Best Pet Cam
Even if you’re not necessarily tech-savvy, the Petcube Play is easy to set up. All you have to do is plug in the camera and connect it to your Wi-Fi, then you’re ready to go. The Petcube captures 1080-pixel video, even at night, and boasts a wide-angle view that will let you see more of the room
- The Spruce Pets
July 30, 2019 | Full review
A high definition1080p camera wih night vision, 2-way audio, and a sound, and motion sensor, but instead of a treat dispenser, this fun dog camera has a built in laser toy!
- Pet Aware
February 2, 2019 | Full review
Able to take picture is a big plus.
- Best Pet Trackers
We all hate leaving our pets home alone, but work and other obligations make it a necessity. The Petcube is an amazing tool that lets you see what they are up to while you are away. This is great for all pet owners, but can be particularly meaningful for senior pets, pets with separation anxiety or other health conditions.
- My Dog Likes
January 2, 2019 | Full review
Its cube design makes it easy to place on furniture wherever you’ll need your monitor.
- Rover
What experts didn't like
Without a treat dispenser, this cam may have a hard time holding an easily distracted pet’s attention.
- SafeWise
Non-adjustable camera
- Trusted Reviews
August 8, 2017 | Full review
Only one user at a time can view feed
- Lifewire
July 30, 2019 | Full review
Multiple cameras are needed to cover the entire house
- Macworld
September 7, 2017 | Full review
You cannot switch video streaming from 1080p to 720p
- All Top Ten Reviews
June 2, 2019 | Full review
The only downside of the Petcube Play is that it doesn’t rotate, so you have to be strategic with your placement.
- Audio Authority
That should be able to detect if your pet is being noisy, pacing out of boredom (motion detection) and could then call your pet, to get its attention (using a voice sample perhaps) and then play the laser across a random or pre-set path to keep it occupied. That would be more practical if your job doesn’t let you play with your phone for periods, or if your work means you can’t have any screen time.
- All Home Robotics
June 29, 2019 | Full review
The delay in audio using the two-way radio is about a second.
- Heavy
No option for manual snapshots or recording
- Paw Castle
Video stream can be delayed if it’s located in a place with a weaker internet signal
- Catological
It is not compatible with all router devices so better check on to its customer service if it does not connect to your WiFi.
- 10 Techy
In darker conditions, the image quality decreased.
- Smart Pet Toys Review
January 24, 2017 | Full review
Doesn’t have an app for Mac or Windows.
- Pet And Baby Gates
April 22, 2018 | Full review
There is no battery option. You also must place it somewhere close enogh to an outlet in order to give it power.
- Best Pet Trackers
This camera doesn’t offer a treat dispenser like many other interactive pet cameras.
- Rover

From The Manufacturer

Petcube Play is a smart Wi-Fi pet camera with built-in laser toy. It lets you see, talk, play and exercise your pet remotely. From the app on your phone, monitor your cat or dog in clear 1080p HD video and night vision, play laser tag to entertain them, say hello using 2-way audio, and get motion and sound alerts to make sure your pet and home are safe. Petcube Play pet camera is compatible with Alexa, so you can go hands free and ask Alexa to play with your pet or set to autoplay mode.

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An Overview On Pet Camera

One of the great things about owning a pet is the reaction you get when you walk in the door. After a long day, it’s good to get slobbery, yappy proof that somebody missed you. (OK, maybe that happens less often with cats — but they’re still nice to snuggle up to.)

The flip side of that is knowing they’re lonely all that time, and maybe wondering what mischief they’re up to. Well, it’s modern technology to the rescue as usual. A good pet camera can not only let you keep tabs on your fur baby, but interact with them, too.

Pretty much any remotely controlled camera can let you supervise your favorite guard dog or cat, and video quality can vary a lot among the cheaper models. 720p is a good baseline resolution, though most cams have some HD video capability. If you want a better view of your pet’s antics (or maybe clearer evidence of little “accidents” they may cause), maybe consider a sharper 1080p picture. Some upscale pet cameras even include the option for two-way video, allowing your dog or cat to see you while you look in on them.

Stationary cameras are at the low end of the price spectrum, but they’re not as common these days. And since even the laziest cats won’t stay put for an entire day, it’s best to invest in a cam with some range of motion. Modern pet or security cameras allow you to pan left or right, giving you a field of vision that can stretch up to 360 degrees. Most will also tilt up or down to a lesser degree.

For especially active animals, our home improvement expert Vicki Liston recommends considering a camera with motion sensors and tracking capabilities: “Instead of checking in and wasting time when nothing is happening, some models will send you an alert if it senses motion or noise, like barking. Once you receive this alert, you’ll be able to check the video and see what the commotion is all about (and whether or not your neighbor was telling the truth about your dog barking all day),” she says.

Want to hear what your pet has to say during the day? Audio feeds are a common capability on pet cams, and some even have a speaker built in so that the two of you can have a conversation. Again, barking is a concern for pet owners in densely populated areas. Pricier cameras might include audio detection tech, ranging from the ability to send alerts in case of loud noises to algorithms that can distinguish the sound of a yapping dog. In either case, they can provide a double dose of security, letting you know when your pup is upset and if there might be an intruder around the house.

Those are the most common features, but there are a ton of others. The latest puppy cams can let you play simple games remotely with your dog, and spit out treats to award good behavior. Cat-centric cams might have a laser pointer that you can control with an app, allowing you to amuse and/or confound your favorite feline. There are even cameras that use spritzes of aromatherapy to soothe excitable dogs. The makers of these pet cameras know there’s little we won’t do for our furry friends, so the sky’s the limit.

DYWM Fun Fact

What do you get the pet who has everything? A pet of their very own … who’s also secretly a spy. For the those who truly don’t want to let their puppy go for a second during that long workday, there’s the Vava Mobile Pet Cam. As the name implies, it’s a camera that rolls on tiny treads, controlled like an RC car by a remote app. With two-way audio, it allows you to ask Fido who a good boy is from anywhere in the house. It comes equipped with all the toys, including a laser pointer and even a feather for teasing cats.

The Pet Camera Buying Guide

  • High-ticket pet cameras might have a little extra sticker-shock when you set it up. Pairing up your camera to another device or video storage might require you to purchase the manufacturer’s app or subscribe to a storage service. Liston says to do your homework before you buy, especially if you’re on a budget. “Does the cam you like only allow you to use all its bells and whistles if you also purchase the subscription plan? Does the subscription plan include cloud storage for a certain period of time? Does it limit the video to one user at a time or can multiple members of a household stream the camera feed? Consider the additional cost of subscriptions with the camera’s features to see which model best fits your needs.”
  • To get the most out of your pet camera, place it in an area where it will do the most good. For most rooms, that’s going to be relatively high up in a corner (provided they can be mounted that way). This allows even stationary cameras to cover a wide swath. You might need to mount them closer to the ground if they include interactive games or treat dispensers, but Liston urges caution there, too: “For those with problem-solving pets, it’s best to place or wall-mount treat-dispensing pet cameras just out of reach. The camera may be chewed on, knocked over and pummeled over and over in an attempt to get at the entire cache of deliciousness inside,” she says.
  • Most pet cameras will trumpet their hi-res video as a big selling point, but more pixels isn’t always a plus. Keep in mind that constantly streaming super-HD video can put a strain on your Wi-Fi. Do you really need to see every whisker on your cat for the entire eight-hour workday? If your wireless capability isn’t the best, you might want to consider a more modest camera resolution.