I tried a a pet camera to spy on my kitties and it was comedy gold #Pets#cats#dogs#gifts#pet treats#pets Updated Apr 30 2018 (Posted Jan 10 2018) Catherine Clark bijouxandbits This is exactly how my cat looked at the Petcube Bites Related Post Make your house a jungle for your own wild animal (your cat!) Y'all are probably shopping in some capacity this week, so I figured I'd make holiday shopping for your CAT even easier. The wild tiger in... Read more I was able to get my hands on a fancy-pants pet camera (Thanks, Ariel!) that had wifi, night vision, two-way audio, motion detection, a phone app, notifications, and even a treat dispenser! It's this one from Petcube called Petcube Bites. I was in the market for one because I'm a worry-wart who goes away for a weekend and feels the need to look for my two cats on a webcam constantly. Spoiler: they're always fine. But this wasn't just a webcam — this was supposed to be a state-of-the-art surveillance swat team of a camera that also allows me to taunt coo at my kitties while rewarding them for chilling out in front of the camera. Here's how my pet camera trial went down… Cats be into the treat part My cats are fools for food so getting them interested in the treat part was super easy. One of them spent most of the time trying to grab more treats from the dispenser tray: After that, it was all about figuring it out and seeing if it could be trusted. Narrator: it couldn't. Here's how the ride went in night vision (it also records color when it's not so dark)… The robot shoots food! So far so good with the food part. This robot seems lawful neutral: NOPE. Chaotic evil. I'm out… We apparently thought it was hilarious, at least. He was able to get over the grudge of getting smacked in the face by love treats, though, and eventually was chill with it. The audio is clearly a ghost I am SAD that I wasn't able to get a vid of their first impression of the two-way audio. Hearing my disembodied voice coming from seemingly nowhere wigged them the hell out. But they jumped right up and started sniffing so, win? It's got connection issues The big problem we had was that it took literally DAYS for the firmware to update, which wasted some of the free trial time to view videos online (more on that part later). And then when it finally started working, it would crash and lose connection often. We'll see how this goes, but ultimately, unless you've got a trained dog at the ready, I imagine you'd miss out on a lot of cat moments just due to the connection being lost when they were motion detected. It requires a subscription service I knew this going in, but do note that it does required a paid subscription to host and view archived footage for any length of time longer than four hours. No biggie, just know that going in. What's the verdict? Verdict: it MOSTLY worked. Wifi connection issues aside, the night vision, audio, treat launching (yowza), and all the fancy features seemed to work well. I could totally see attempting to spy on my felines while I'm away. Dogs are way more known for coming when called and doing shit for treats, but cats? Not so much. So a dog would probably go nuts for this. Have you tried out a wifi pet camera? How did it go? Related Post Make this hilarious DIY monster pet bed in 3 easy steps Want to DIY your own monster cat bed? I KNOW YOU DO!!! Here's how to make one for yourself in three easy steps... Read More Disclaimer: Petcube provided us with this product for an unbiased test. Opinions and reviews are our own. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Through the looking glass into this "Alice in Steamland" party & wedding inspiration NEXT #MeToo pissed me off until I looked inside to see why Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.