Petcube Play The Perfect Cat Monitor Review

Petcube Play The Perfect Cat Monitor Review
Petcube Play The Perfect Cat Monitor. Keep an eye on your felines from wherever you are. Simple set up, app focused and a lot of fun.

We received a complimentary Petcube Play for review.  We only share news and products we feel are relevant to our readers, because you matter to us. The opinions here are 100% our own and we are responsible for the content of this post and any affiliate links included. 

Here are some of the comments we received from blog readers when we announced our upcoming Petcube Play review. ‘How is your Petcube Play guys?’ and ‘Is the ‘Play’ bigger? Better?’ and finally ‘What does it DO? How does the pet camera work?’

Update Petcube News May 2018:

  1. Petcube Bites was recognized with a prestigious 2018 Red Dot Product Design Award. It also won a 2018 Edison Award for innovation and earlier this year a 2018 Product Hunt Golden Kitty Award. Petcube was also recognized as a 2018 Webby Award honoree.
  2. The Petcube Petcube Bites versions, now allow owners to host more than one Petcube camera on their network.
  3. There have also been extensive revisions to the App interface, making it even friendlier, more fun, and even easier to use.
  4. With each development the Petcube people take their device further and further ahead of the field!

Petcube is a global leader for the Connected Pet, defined at the intersection of Connected Home and pet care, with interactive Petcube pet cameras.

As soon as word got out we would be reviewing the new home pet monitor, the Petcube Play, questions began rolling in. So, we are excited to bring you our review of the most stylish, modern and easy to use pet cam on the market. Many have read our review of the Petcube Camera and wanted to know more about this one. There was a fight amongst the Dash Kitten Crew for who would write the review. Silver won!

Silver’s Petcube Play Pet Cam Report

Hi guys I am reporting on one cool piece of cat technology! The Petcube Play is a fun and useful  piece of equipment for any pet parent! It allows you to keep an eye on your cat or dog, and to communicate by voice if they need reassurance or interaction, while you are away. Even if you are somewhere else in your home, it’s fun to check the Petcube!

meet the Petcube Play and Miranda

Is the Play Bigger? Better?” The Play is lighter and more compact than the classic Petcube home camera, as you can see from the comparison picture I took. It continues the development of stylish design and product enhancement begun by its bigger sibling.  The camera stands a mere 7.5 cms square or 3x3x3 ins and comes with a generous 2.7 metres (9 feet) of cable, allowing you to put the Play at different heights. It’s a compact powerhouse of pet monitor technology and you access it by using the Petcube App on your own smartphone. 

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PetCube Play Report image

What does the Petcube Play DO?

This was the big question from our readers. Let’s me give you a run down of the major points here:

  • The Play streams your video at 1080p which is very High Definition video. A bit too technical? OK, try this. The BBC, EBU and all major USA channels use HD at 1080, as does a Blu-ray player. It’s that good. It also looks great on your smartphone.
  • There is a really fun laser for you to use when playing with your pet. The laser is certified safe for pets and human use. We have used the laser as a great toy when visiting other Play-mates around the world and feel happy when we are using it.
  • There is clear two-way audio between you and your pet. You can chat on the pet cam from anywhere, although Mum does shut up sometimes!
  • Sound and Motion Alerts This a big reason many people buy a pet monitor. The ‘Alert’ setting triggers a notification to you when there is movement or sound. This is useful if you have a pet you need to keep an eye on – a senior, or a nursing mom, foster kittens or a puppy in a crate. Settings for this are easy to adjust (even for my paws).
  • FUN TIP You can now add a bio for each of your fur family. The Dash Kitten Crew aim to squeeze as many of us on as we can! Let people know who your pets are, it gives them a reason to get in touch with a fellow pup or cat.  
  • Most Petcube Play changes and adjustments are made in the easy to find ‘Camera Settings’ section of the Petcube easy to use app (see our snapshot below). 
  • The recent software upgrade for the Petcube App is impressive and makes this the most competitive pet monitor out there.

Petcube Home Camera Pet Cam

Petcube Play Report – The Special Features

There are some cool special pet cam features that you really need to know about. They take pet monitoring devices to a whole new level!

  • The Night Vision Camera. This is the major update for many cat camera fans, and it is the most fun ever! Not only does it allow you to see your pets during the day, you can keep an eye on them out when they are active during the night. How busy are your cats at night? You may be surprised.
  • FUN TIP Night vision makes your house look really different! Check out our daytime curtains, and the night-time version! Mum wishes we really had white curtains!

PetCube Play Report Day and Night comparison for PetCube camera Coll eh?

Petcube Play Report – CARE a Fantastic Feature!

This is really special! Every user get 4 hours of free CARE video history time. Video is set to record by simple triggers – movement or sound. For the free video it records for four hours, then starts again!

You have the ability to download and save video segments to show friends. The settings are simple to adjust for auto recording, and you can also stop your CARE recording by setting it to ‘sleep‘ at any time.

  • For CARE video – you also have the option to buy more Cloud time, if you need it. Again, for specific purposes, this can be very useful e.g. a sick pet, noting how often a pet moves, monitoring a sick kitten or nursing mom. The time available for free varies with each update.

We Preview the PetCube Play at Dash Kitten 

The Petcube Community

Finally, we need to mention one thing we really like that the publicity doesn’t spotlight – the growing community of Petcube members. You can see pictures other users have posted, and comment on them via the Petcube app on your smartphone. This is one of the real treats of the Petcube community, as cat cafes, ordinary people, rescues, and vet hospitals all have Petcubes, allowing you a glimpse into another pet world to your own.

Petcube: Interactive Wi-Fi Pet Camera
The Petcube Play is easy to use, and reassuring to have in our home. We think you should check them out and get free shipping (USA friends) or check the worldwide store to start exploring Petcube now.

We wonder, what would you find your fur family up to, if you had a Petcube?

Silver Kitten with his
Petcube Play Report

Dash Kitten Silver Kitten the Business Cat

 

  1. Do you have to plug it in or is it charged up? We are really looking for a wireless option and something we could travel with for those rare times we need to leave the wee one in our apartment rental alone.

  2. I think this would give pet parents peace of mind! You have some busy kitties! On a side note, I loved seeing your spinning wheel. One of my sisters is in a spinning guild, and while I don’t spin, I think it is wonderful that people do.

  3. Sigh. Maybe one day we’ll have to get a Smartphone so that we can use all the cool apps coming out for pets. In the meantime, I wish something similar to Pet Cube was available on a computer.

  4. Already had some discussion with you about PetCube. Read the post again, really like many of the features and want to incorporate into my pet care business. Might be a couple of logistics issues to work out, but still pondering giving it a shot.

    Thanks for sharing, been curious to see this in action. Your post gave a great overview!

  5. First, and not PetCube related, YAY for spinning!

    Second, and this time it’s PetCube related…too cool! I have heard about other cameras (we actually have a different brand’s) but there are some unique features with what you’ve just shared that a lot of cameras don’t include.

    Lastly, fun fact…did you know that you might be able to be eligible for a discount on home owners insurance with the camera? If it detects movement, it can detect an intruder. We let our homeowners insurance know we had a camera and we got a 15% discount per month on our plan.

  6. I want one of these so badly! We have a little camera that came with our home security system, but it doesn’t have nearly as many cool features as the PetCube. It does have night vision and stores recorded video and has the movement trigger, but it doesn’t have audio or a laser. I would love to get one of these for a second room in our house. Thanks for the great review, we are SOLD!

  7. I bet the cats have a great time playing with the laser, and I’m sure you will have lots of fun watching them and seeing what they get up to!

  8. This really looks terrific. I wondered about a “community” of folks who could watch/share videos. Kitties could have virtual playdates! I received a phone-monitoring interactive product from a company (just sent as a “thank you”) and haven’t had a chance to set it up/test but now think I might need to give that a go.

  9. I love the PetCube Play too! It is so much for Manna and Dexter. It looks like all of you are having a lot of fun with yours! Pawsome video. 🙂 Maybe we’ll have to have a halfway around the world play session via PetCube one of these days!

  10. Dat’s really cool. We were asked to review one, but they wanted us to send it back and not pay us anything either. Mommy said no way jose’. MOL Glad ya’ll got one. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  11. I have to say I’m really impressed with the imagery of this camera in the video and stills on your blog. I do think we’ll be getting one for the Palace as a result of seeing this in action!
    Purrs Erin

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