Pet Product Reviews

Petcube Play 2 Wi-Fi Pet Camera with Laser Toy & Alexa Built-In, for Cats & Dogs.

By S.P.

Owning the previous version of the Petcube 1 generation I received a new version of the device. Even so I was satisfied with the previous one, but the new version is significantly improved! The angle of the camera and the quality of the laser are redesigned. Sound quality is also improved. I  love the app and I am able to see my cats when at work or traveling. I also love the “motion detection” which basically records a video when there’s any movement at home and sends you a notification, so I get tons of fun videos that I can share. Video quality is good, the laser takes a bit of getting used to, but worked out fine, the cats love it. Design is great, and is pleasant to touch and unpack.

Specifications:

  • BUILT-IN INTERACTIVE LASER TOY: Play remotely via a human and pet safe laser toy controlled from your phone, or set to autoplay mode to entertain and exercise your pet. Re-engineered to be super precise – touch the spot in your room or swipe across the screen and the laser will follow your finger in real-time

  • 1080p FULL HD VIDEO, FULL-ROOM VIEW & NIGHT VISION: Check on your pet remotely when you’re away from home. 1080p HD video pet camera with 160° wide-angle full-room view. See up close with 4x zoom

  • HIGH-QUALITY TWO-WAY SOUND: Now with 4-microphone array and significantly improved speaker bar, provides rich “lifelike” sound quality. Two-way audio allows you to hear and speak to your pet from your phone

  • BUILT-IN ALEXA: Now with Alexa voice assistant built-in — no need for a separate Alexa device. Anything you can do with Alexa, you can do from Petcube Play 2

  • SOUND & MOTION DETECTION: Real-time alerts tell you when your pet is active and you need to check in. Optional Petcube Care subscriptions provide smart alerts and automatic video recording. All Petcube Care subscribers get access to perks that can save you hundreds of dollars on top brand pet supplies, products and services

  • QUICK 2.4GHz & 5 GHz Wi-Fi CONNECTION: Easy 2-minute setup via mobile app. iOS 11 and higher, Android 7. 1. 2 and higher are required

  • 24-HOUR CUSTOMER CARE: our customer care agents are available via phone (1-888-447-2522), chat (petcube.com) or email (support@petcube.com) to ensure you and your pet have a delightful product experience.

Petcube Bites 2 Wi-Fi Pet Camera & Treat Dispenser, Matte Silver

By S.P.

Being able to remotely, clearly, and easily check in on my cats is paramount, especially throughout long hours away or when on trips.

As an added bonus, Petcube Bites 2 features night vision, treat dispensing, and even two-way audio. I loved the easy set-up process, the convenience, and its intuitive controls.

The Petcube Bites 2 has a 180-degree viewing angle, allowing you to observe most of the room, depending on its position. The video quality is 1080P full HD and the camera has up to 4X zoom. Even at a distance, you can peer closer and double-check on your furry baby what it’s up to.

The Bites 2 has two-way audio, so you’re not only observing your pet you’re interacting with them.

This includes four different microphones on the camera, ensuring all sounds within your home are heard clearly.

To connect the Bites 2 to your Wi-Fi, Android, or Apple device, you need 4Ghz or 5Ghz Wi-Fi, iOS 10.3.3 and higher, or Android 7.1.2 and higher. Also this device does come with night vision and ttreat dispenser that allows you to aim and throw treats at your pet.

It also features a sound and motion alerts. You will get a notification on your phone when it detects a sound or motion.

The Petcube Bites 2 camera allows you to see 180 degrees from wherever it’s located, so you can easily view your pet from multiple angles.

While the video feed is high quality, if you need extra detail, just zoom in up to four times.

As a final perk, this camera features night vision, so even when the lights are out, you can clearly view your pet’s habits.

Once you download the Petcube app on your phone, you’ll receive notifications directly. If there is an unexpected movement from your pets, you’ll get an alert right away.

You can also share video clips and pictures from the camera to your friends and family via the app. If your pet does something extra cute or funny, you can save the moment or pass it along. The app is the control center of the Bites 2.

The Bites 2 comes with free, cloud-based video storage where you can save the first four hours of video without any type of subscription.This service also allows you to receive alerts and set up scheduling options.

If you want the cloud to store your entire collection, make extended clips, and provide smart alerts about barking and other noises, then you need to sign up for one of the subscriptions offered with your Bites 2.

One of the most unique features of the Petcube Bites 2? It allows you to dispense and throw treats to your pet when you’re not there.

To use it, simply pour treats into the dispenser before leaving. Then – no matter where you are – use the app to toss a treat to your pet whenever you want. You can also schedule a time every day, so they’re rewarded at certain hours.

Additionally, you can customize the throwing distance and the number of treats dispensed. While some dispensers are very particular about their treat types, the Bites 2 allows for a wide array of different dry, crunchy options.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 5.7 x 2.8 x 10.5 inches

  • Weight: 4.4 lbs.

  • Color: Matte Silver

  • Included Components: Camera, USB cable, power adapter, and plug

  • Materials: Aluminum and plastic

Gen7Pets Cheetah Promenade Pet Stroller

By S.P.

I am very impressed with this stroller. It’s stylish easy to handle and fun to take out on a walk. Gen7Pets has come up with an innovative design that pampers your pet.

First of all, the way most strollers are made, you sometimes kick the bottom of it when you walk. This stroller has been made in such a way that you won’t run into that problem anymore. You can walk at your normal pace and not have to think about how far your feet are from the bottom of the stroller.

You want your pet to be comfortable. And of course, very safe. The last thing you want is for your baby to be able to get out of the stroller.

It is very roomy inside of the pet compartment, you can fit two small pets with no problems at all. The bottom is well padded, but you can always put another blanket in it, just for added comfort. It’s not essential, but it’s a useful option.

As far as the size of the pet compartment goes, this is one of the roomiest strollers you will find.

It is well ventilated, also, with all mesh windows. It has a big front window, smaller bottom window, and a top window which is nice so that you can see your pet and they can see you.

Specifications:

Dimensions – 37″ L x 13″ W x 40″ H

Weight Range – Up to 50 lbs.

Product Weight – 20 LB

Interior Pet Compartment Dimensions – 25″ Long x 13″ Wide x 21.5″ High

Features:

  • Great for dogs and cats

  • Holds up to 50 pounds

  • Removable, machine washable Smart Comfort Pad

  • Folds flat for storage with the push of a button

  • Easy assembly, no tools required

The Cat is Out of the Bag! Feline DNA Company Basepaws Lands Investments From Top Sharks Kevin O'Leary and Robert Herjavec

Basepaws, the first company to offer at-home feline DNA testing (think 23andMeow), today announced that it received $250,000 in investment on ABC’s “Shark Tank” reality show. The claws came out (just a little) as the show’s wealthy investor Sharks vied for a piece of the enormously promising biotech company. Investors Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary ultimately agreed to a joint investment, with each contributing $125,000 in exchange for a 5% ownership share each.

Basepaws CatKits offer cat lovers a fascinating window into their cats’ origins and breed makeup. Even more important are the implications for cat health and the knowledge base of veterinary science. The reports are specifically designed to provide cat owners with a host of breed and genetic insights especially useful for mixed-breed cats.

“People love their pets, especially where health is concerned. And I loved the CEO – she has an incredible track record and a great story to go with it.”

Basepaws founder Anna Skaya presented the Basepaws pitch to the panel of Shark Tank investors with the help of a larger-than-life mascot, Koko. Even O’Leary, who has previously indicated that he “hates cats” on the show, warmed up after hearing about Basepaws’ business model.

“I’m not a cat guy, but I know a successful business when I see one,” said O’Leary. “There’s real intellectual property here — this company will be huge.”

Basepaws recently teamed up with feline internet celebrity Castradamus to raise awareness for HCM, one of the most common feline genetic disease. The 28lb Maine Coon is the first cat in the Basepaws database to test positive for an HCM mutation. Armed with this type of genetic information, owners can make better choices to help their cats living longer, healthier lives.

As Basepaws expands the array of testing it offers and research continues, mainstream genetic testing will provide insight into a wide range of feline health issues and other mysteries. (If only it could tell you what your cat is thinking.)

“We’ve all seen the success of DNA tests for humans and dogs, but cat science is newer, and cats have always been somewhat of a mystery,” said Skaya. “We want to help cat owners get to know their cats better and provide the best possible care through genetic testing.”

About Basepaws

Los Angeles-based Basepaws is a pet genetics company that has developed the first consumer genetics test for cats. With a mission to improve the lives of cats everywhere and help foster stronger bonds between humans and their pets, Basepaws offers pet owners insights into their cat’s unique background, including detailed information about breed, traits, health, and genetic markers for potential hereditary disease. With new data from each CatKit completed, Basepaws’ database continues to provide new and valuable information into genetic correlations and cat-specific diseases.

Petcube - Interactive Pet Camera

4/5

By S.P.

The Petcube Camera is a device which lets you check in via video and audio with your pets, while you’re away from home. But the Petcube is far more than a simple pet monitor.
The Petcube interactive wi-fi pet camera is truly interactive: It has a laser ‘toy’ built in, which can be remotely activated to play with your pets while you are away. There is also two-way audio: You can speak to your pets and hear them. A significant part of the Petcube experience, is the Petcube app for both Android and Apple phones. This is not only how you interact with your pet, but it also provides a powerful social networking tool. Via Petcube Care, your pet’s activities can be recorded on Petcube video and viewed at your leisure.


Specs: The Petcube plugs into the mains power, and uses WiFi to connect to the rest of the world. It ships in a neat 4-inch aluminum cube with a black plastic face that shields the camera and laser. The camera offers 720p HD and offers a wide angle 138-degree lens so you should” be able to see your pet in its main room.
Laser Pointer: The laser is a mere 5 milliwatt model, so there’s no risk of singe marks on your cat or dog, but by dragging your finger across the smartphone screen, you can guide the laser across the floor or up a wall for the pet to play with as a laser toy, helping coax them out of destructive behavior.
Access Control: Users can share access to the camera and app with family, allowing them to play with the pets too – and there’s a special Petcube social media site where owners can gather and show off their pets in action. That public mode may be not for everybody regarding privacy, but it is there.


Pros:
Excellent video quality
Unobtrusive design
Multi-purpose app
Barking and movement alerts


Cons:
Erratic laser
Non-adjustable camera
The other great use is for animal shelters and establishments such as cat cafes. Petcube works with a number of shelters across the US, and it’s nice that you’re able to help keep the animals entertained. Even if you don’t have a Petcube of your own, you might enjoy the app just to be able to play with and observe animals from around the world.