Kittyo Cat Camera and Treat Dispenser Product Review

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Update January 2019 – I do not think the Kittyo is being made anymore. If you are looking for a pet camera with a treat dispenser, you can check out the ones on Amazon here.


 

Kittyo Pet Camera Product Review

One of the three products that readers voted for us to review was the Kittyo pet surveillance camera.  It also seemed to be the one that readers were most excited to learn about.

The Kittyo is a Wi-Fi HD pet camera with 2-way audio, video recording, a treat dispenser and a laser pointer.  So, through the Kittyo connected device and app, you can watch, speak to, play with and record your pet.

The 720p HD video camera lets you play with your cats, exercise them with a laser pointer or record and share videos of your cats while you are away.  As you will see in our Kittyo review video below, the 2-way audio (microphone and speaker) allows you to speak to or sing to your cats.  And the treat dispenser lets you reward your kitty for coming to the camera when you’re not there to do it yourself!

The Kittyo started out as a successful Kickstarter project – which we announced on the blog.

Every Kittyo box includes a Kittyo device, instruction manual, power supply, and surface mount as you can see in our Kitty review unboxing video below.

Kittyo Interactive Cat Toy

Kittyo Problems and Kittyo Troubleshooting

The Kittyo was super easy to setup and sync with my phone – I just followed the instruction manual in the Kittyo box.  You unpack the Kittyo device, download their free app, connect to wifi, set up a user account and start playing with the Kittyo! I was surprised to read a review on Amazon where the guy had a lot of trouble setting it up – and yet never even contacted Kittyo customer service to ask for help.

Kittyo is designed to be placed 3-5 feet off the ground.  The camera is positioned at a 30 degree downwards angle, so placing it on the floor does not provide a good view of your room to play with the laser.

One of the first things the designer of Kittyo thought of when designing Kittyo was that cats are going to knock it down once they realize there are treats inside. That is why they include a surface mount on the bottom of your Kittyo. Once you decide where to place your Kittyo for the best view of your room – you can watch the video titled “Kittyo: Mounting Guide”.  My cats never did knock it over or show any interest in messing with it, so I never used the surface mount.  The surface mount is definitely a subjective thing.

And one other thing on the app – there is a bell (with various bird sounds etc.) to call your cat over and let them know it is playtime – and when you activate the treat dispenser, other sounds are activated to let them know treats are going to drop.

I had a lot of fun reviewing this product.

Shortly after we received the Kittyo for review, I had a garage sale with my mom and Aunt at my Aunt’s house – which is 5 minutes away from me by car. I said to my mom, “Hey mom, wanna see the latest cat product I am reviewing?” She was game – so I opened the app and she goes, “Is that your living room?” (The Kittyo was on a side table in my living room). And I said, “Yes, it’s a pet surveillance camera” – so I told her to call the cats (my mom had my cats for 2 weeks when they were kittens and they respond immediately to her voice as a result). She called them and they came running to the camera – and she immediately goes, “Oh Jenny, this is so cool! This is the coolest cat product you have reviewed!”  I then showed her how to give them treats and the other features of the app.  She loved it.

When I was gone in Albuquerque, NM for a few weeks – my sister stayed at my house and took care of Charlie and Trigg.  Late at night when she was going to bed, I would log onto the app, hit the bell icon, so that various bird sounds, etc. would go off in the middle of the night.  Yes, I am evil like that.  Amy would then text me to knock it off.  Which amused me endlessly.

The day before I was to come home, we were on the phone and she was running my iRobot Roomba – I asked her to get in front of the Kittyo, so I could take a few photos through the camera.

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I also enjoyed seeing my cats anytime I wanted when I was gone for a week.

My 8-year old nephew and my 5-year old niece, also loved it and wanted one for their house – which made me think that the Kittyo makes an awesome gift for a cat lover – and definitely for that high school graduate that is going to miss their family pets at college!  I would have DIED for something like this when I left Rags at home (so I could check in on him when I wanted) when I went to Vanderbilt my freshman year.

Necessary WiFi Speed for Streaming Video

Keep in mind that any product you buy that has streaming video will not work if you have a super slow wifi speed. To test your wifi speed – on your smartphone, while logged into your home’s wifi, google “speed test” and then click on blue button that says “RUN SPEED TEST”.  Your upload speed needs to be at least 2 Mbps per second for you to have a favorable Kittyo experience with your smart phone.

Kittyo Pet Camera Product Review Unboxing Video

Kittyo Pet Camera Product Review Video

More Kittyo Videos

Some Kittyo customers send in videos and Kittyo puts together “highlight reels” from. You can see customers videos on this page.

 

Update January 2019 – I do not think the Kittyo is being made anymore. If you are looking for a pet camera with a treat dispenser, you can check out the ones on Amazon here.

Buy the Kittyo Pet Camera on Amazon

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Kittyo vs Petcube

We did previously review the Petcube camera – their original one – not the one that has night vision or the one with the treat dispenser. Since the Kittyo has the extra abilities (treat dispenser) that the Petcube camera we reviewed did not, it’s not a fair comparison. With that said – the major difference between the two cameras for me was that the Petcube one could be a “public” camera – meaning I could invite people to download the Petcube app and then they could have access to my camera to watch my pets. That could be a good thing for a shelter or a cat blogger like me. However, it also creeped me out a bit – I always made sure I wasn’t walking through my living room in my undies to go get clean laundry from the basement. I spoke with Kittyo about that difference in app feature and they said they have the capability to do it – but just haven’t because users haven’t asked for it. I did feel “safer” that I wasn’t being watched by the Internet with the Kittyo. But again, you don’t have to turn on the public feature when you have the Petcube.


We received the Kittyo cat camera for review from the manufacturer.  Receiving the free product and the review fee did not influence this honest post.

Check out our other cat product reviews.


What do you think of the Kittyo camera? Would you be interested in having one for your cats?

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  1. SUPER DUPER PAWESOME product review video, pics & post, Jenny! WOW!! THIS PRODUCT looks like so much FUN!!! What an amazing thing for any cat lover who has to be away from their kitties now and then to have!!! I am so glad you enjoyed this review and that you lurve this product so much!!! I know a lot of Floppycatters will want one of these now!!! 🙂 <3

    Charlie & Chiggy are so adorable just hanging out and watching. Of course, if there is a yummy treat to be had then Charlie is front and center!! lol 🙂 Lurved the story about your mom and your boys when they were younger. Also, lurved the story about how much your mom was impressed by this product when you demo'd the app with her and other family members at the garage sale! How cute that your nephew wants one, too! 🙂 <3

    Truly a great review, hon! I certainly can tell how much work you put into this one! I appreciate all the little details, too, especially the WiFi speed tip. And…mentioning the PetCube review was very cool, too. 🙂

    Would I lurve to have one of these? You betcha! Do I really need one…no. My hubby is ALWAYS home with Miss PSB as he doesn't get out much due to his health. And I don't travel a lot. But, I admit it would be awesome to be able to talk with Miss PSB or play with her, etc… when I'm at Starbucks relaxing during a daily walk or bike ride. What fun that would be! Can I afford one right now? No, not on our budget. But, I might be able to once I can get my Social Security in a few years at age 62! Who knows what improvements will have been made by then, too! 🙂 <3

    I think this product is a must-have for any kitty owner who has to be away from their home on a regular basis (work, appts, errands, travel, etc..). 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

    P.S. LURVE, LURVE, LURVE the Chiggy Close-Up at the end of the video! Yes, why IS Chiggy SO VERY HANDSOME??? *winky wink*

    1. Hi Patti!

      You’re up early! I got your message on my phone when I got up!

      I didn’t mention it in the review, but I stopped using the 2-way audio – as I felt sad when they would come running when they heard my voice and I wasn’t in town. If I was in town, I didn’t mind doing it – but out of town, they were excited to see me and then I wasn’t there. I think that would vary subjectively though.

      Thank you on seeing how much work I put into it – it was a ton of work – as they all are! The review video took me hours to put together with editing, but hopefully you can’t tell when you watch it.

      Maybe they will sponsor a giveaway or something – I will ask when I send them the review link.

      Thanks for the commentary as always, Ms. Patti!

      Jenny

      1. Yup. My hours are so crazy lately. So hard for me to stay on a regimented sleep schedule since I retired back in 2009. I keep trying, though. Woke up at 10:00 AM last night. Got a ton of schtuff done today and now am relaxing for a bit before I start to get sleepy and need sleep. 🙂 <3

        You are most welcome for the comment, hon. It would be SUPER PAWESOME if they sponsored a giveaway! Thanks for planning to ask them about that! Great idea!

        I totally understand what you mean about the 2-way audio function. I agree about that. Having them come running and then discover you aren't physically there could really confuse them and upset them if you are traveling. Good thinking. 🙂 <3

        Big hugs & lots of love!

        Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

      2. Hi Patti, ever since I started working for myself, it is hard to stay on a regimented sleep schedule – I totally get it! I learned to just honor what my body wanted and to stop worrying that my mom thinks it’s ridiculous that I go to bed around 2am (3am last night because of this review!) and get up around 10am. I tell my mom – “Listen, I am still getting 8 hours =)”

      3. Thank goodness you are a Night Owl Sistah! NONE of my friends (except Sweet Teresa!) understand my crazy sleep schedule. My parents especially DO NOT GET IT AT ALL! I still get the same amount of sleep whether I’m in Night Owl Mode or Day Dweller Mode but I need to pick a mode and stay on it to get my Circadian Rhythm fixed. I notice that my fasting blood sugar readings are SO MUCH better when I’m in Day Dweller Mode. They run slightly higher when I’m in Night Owl Mode and that drives me crazy! 🙂 <3

  2. omg i was laughing so hard at that treat dispenser! i would love that if i had a phone that it was compatible with . I NEED A NEW PHONE!!! ackkk!! i know my cats would love it too. it is the coolest thing.

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