The best cat security cameras give you peace of mind when you’re away from your cat. Reliable notifications, pet detection features, and high-quality videos are a must. Additional features, like treat tossers and laser pointers, promise to help you engage with your cat while you’re away, but they tend to cost more, both upfront and in monthly fees.
After testing out some of the top security cameras on the market, I’ve concluded that for most cats, pet-specific cameras probably aren’t worth it. All three of the pet cams I tried were unnecessarily expensive and required a subscription to unlock basic features found in lower-priced security cameras.
That’s why my overall favorite cat camera is Eufy’s Solo Indoorcam P24. For $35.99, this camera builds upon great video quality and a great user interface with plenty of pet-specific detection features and notifications. It doesn’t have any kind of treat tosser or laser pointer, but you can still engage with your cat via 2-way voice communication. The video is clear and consistent, and you get everything you need without an expensive subscription.
If you’re set on getting a fun cam with cat-focused bells and whistles, the Furbo 360 Dog Camera may be a better option, but remember that the fun comes at a price—the unit itself costs over $200, and full functionality through a subscription starts at almost $60 a year. Read on to get the details on all five of my recommendations.
At a Glance: Our Top Picks for Best Pet Cameras for Cats
We highly recommend looking at the comparison table we have below where we highlighted the features of each product. You’ll also find more detailed information about each product later in the article.
Top Picks Explained
Why Should You Trust Us?
Cats.com is committed to independent, unbiased reviews of cat products, and I’ve personally reviewed well over a hundred cat products over the last couple of years, including cat tech and gadgets like automatic litter boxes, feeders, fountains, and more.
Since writing the original version of this article in 2018, I’ve spent over 25 hours researching, testing, and reviewing both standard security cameras and those made for pets.
I purchased all of the products independently, except for the two products from Petcube, which the company sent to us for testing.
How We Tested
Before purchasing the products for testing, I did some research on the pet camera and security camera marketplace, identifying the features that set a good camera apart from the rest. After ordering my top 5 candidates, I set up the cameras in my home, positioned in various locations and at different angles.
I took notes on camera quality, how well each unit’s 2-way audio worked, how well they sent notifications, and how much it cost to get the most out of each security camera. Based on that experience and testing, I’ve ranked the five cameras listed below.