I will charge the cat out of the bag. Eufy announces its pet camera as one Dog camera with features like Doggy Diary and bark alarms. I do not own a dog. I used it to spy on my two cats while I was on vacation and in the evenings, and lure them into view with the promise of treats.
It detected them fine, even though it referred to them as dogs. If my cats could read, they would not like it. I really do not know why Eufy did not just use the overall term Pet instead of “dog” to be more inclusive, but that doesn’t really matter. This is a great way to keep an eye on your soft friends when they are home alone.
In for a treat
This pet camera is just as capable and easy to control as Eufy’s other security cameras that you can use to monitor your pets. But this, like other specific pet cameras, has features designed for our furry friends.
The biggest reason to skip one of these is that they can dispense treats when you are not home. Just fill the reservoir with treats and use the app on your phone to shoot them while you’re away. With the Eufy model, dispensing is more like slinging them across the room, so keep that in mind when choosing between the three levels of exhaust intensity – I accidentally sent them directly onto my cat’s chest, though this did not deter my food-motivated feline from sit in front of the camera and wait for treats.
When I pulled the Eufy Pet Camera out of the closet before going on vacation, a few months after I first used it, my cat Huxley recognized it immediately and took its position in front of it. His zeal also got the best out of his sister Eely-Rue, which meant I often got close-ups of both my cats while inspecting the treat hole in the camera body.
The camera has an anti-clogging design to keep treats slung and I had no problem getting them stuck. Eufy says you should use treats between 6 and 16 millimeters in size, and it does not recommend separating larger treats from each other. For cat treats, this is not a problem, but if you have a larger dog that loves something like a Milk-Bone, you may need to find something smaller.
It holds a good amount of treats – after four days away it was only about a quarter of an hour empty. Of course, you only give a few treats a day, not a whole meal. The reservoir measures just over 4 inches high, while the entire camera body is about 9.5 inches high. It’s a big boi that does not fit into your bookshelf as easily as other cameras might.
The treat holder comes out easily and can go straight into the dishwasher (insert praying hands emoji here). The lid seals tightly, so a battering dog should not be able to look it up and devour them all. You need a really strong, determined dog to knock it over hard enough in just the right way.