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Leaving your beloved pets at home alone can be difficult.  If you lead a busy life like most people, your fur babies are left at home while you’re at work or school. Whether your new kitten is wreaking havoc on your curtains, or you just want to peek in on an older family dog, a pet camera can help. A good pet camera will make you feel safe and secure about your pets while you’re out and about.

Cat and dog waiting for their owner to come home

Do you need a pet camera?

If you find yourself worrying about your pets at home throughout the day, a pet camera can put your mind at ease. With just the click of a button, you’ll be able to see what your fur babies are up to at home. No matter how far away from home you are, you can observe, interact with, and monitor your pets. And if anything does happen, you can rush right home to deal with the issue.

Being left alone can cause pets to have anxiety and even depression. Luckily, you can use the microphone feature on a pet camera to talk directly to your pet. This can help calm them down, cheer them up, or remind them that they aren’t allowed on the counters. If any of these features could benefit you or your pet, it might be a good idea to invest in a pet camera.

What are the features of a good pet camera?

Just like any smart device, different types and brands of smart pet cameras will offer different features. The best pet cameras should have good video quality, audio capabilities, solid security features, and cloud backup so you can save clips and videos. Before making a purchase, be sure to determine what features work best for you and your furry pal.

Owners watching their dog on a pet camera

Noise and motion detection

If you’re a dog owner, it’s a good idea to look for a pet camera with bark or abnormal noise detection. This is a great way to validate your nosy neighbor’s noise complaints or determine if your puppy needs training. With motion trackers, your camera will pan to follow your pet around the room. You can also set alerts to go off if your pet wanders into a certain area of your home, such as the bedroom.

Two-way talk

If your dog is on the chattier side, you can use two-way talk to calm them down. If you’re more of a cat person, two-way talk allows you to coax your naughty tabby away from the fish tank. No matter what kind of pet you have, being able to communicate with them while you’re not home is a great way to bond.

Cat drinking from water fountain

Pan, tilt, and zoom

Not all pet cameras allow you to pan the lens across your living room. In fact, some cameras are fixed. This might work great if you live in a studio or if your pet stays in a crate while you’re gone. But if your pet tends to wander around the house or apartment, you’ll want a camera that you can pan, tilt, and zoom. You might also need to purchase several cameras to place around your home and keep track of your pets.

Recording

Most pet cameras come with a form of recording that can be backed up on the cloud or an SD card. If you can’t check your camera for a couple of hours, you can always go back and see what your pet was up to.

Night vision

If you won’t be at home with your pet at night, a camera with night vision will come in handy. You don’t want to waste electricity on late nights, with night vision, you’ll still be able to see your pet throughout the night.

Man using night vision to watch his pet

What internet speed do you need for a pet camera?

Pet tech can help keep our pets safer and healthier while offering us new ways to connect and play with them. When it comes to adding smart pet technology to your home, it’s important to keep in mind the bandwidth of your internet services. If you have a lot of smart devices in your home already, consider upgrading your internet to fiber, which can reliably handle a lot of devices while maintaining high speeds.

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How can smart pet technology help?

Smart pet technology can help our furry friends—and help us take care of them better. With smart pet doors, you no longer have to get up to let your dog or cat out. These handy smart doors allow your pet to go in or out, according to your schedule. Did your pet get out of the backyard? A smart tracker can help you find them again. A smart litterbox, like the Litter-Robot 3 Connect, can help you monitor your cat’s health while automatically cleaning up after them. To learn more about smart tech for pets, check out our article on gadgets for dogs and cats.

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Emily Richey is the Content Manager for the CenturyLink and Quantum Fiber blogs. A recent graduate of Pace University NYC, she's an avid reader and writer. She spends most of her free time in bookstores and cafes, seeking the perfect cup of coffee.