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 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.
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.
Buy the Kittyo Pet Camera on Amazon
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.
What do you think of the Kittyo camera? Would you be interested in having one for your cats?