Today we’ll take a look at the Petcube vs. Furbo — two options for a remote treat camera for pets. Both devices have their strengths, making a direct comparison a difficult task.
With motion-triggered recording, the Petcube allows you to review footage of your pet’s activity even hours later. The Furbo, on the other hand, has sophisticated AI that learns from your dog’s behavior and gives you detailed insight into your pet’s behavior.
Below we’ve examined the similarities and differences that should help you decide on a pet camera and treat dispenser that is right for you.
Petcube vs. Furbo — Things in Common
Video Quality – The primary goal of the Petcube and Furbo is to keep an eye on your pet and interact with them. However, that can be difficult if the video feed is of a low quality. Both of these pet cameras transmit a video feed in full 1080p HD, allowing you to stay connected with visuals that are almost as good as if you were there yourself.
Two-Way Audio – Part of interacting with your pet is to both listen and speak. Keeping your cat or dog company with a simple video feed could be difficult, so the two-way audio included on both the Petcube and Furbo is a major plus.
Night Vision – Just because it’s dark out doesn’t mean that you can’t keep an eye on your pets. With full night vision, both of these smart pet cameras allow you to check in anytime, 24/7, day or night.
Connectivity – Both the Petcube and Furbo primarily transmit data over 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz WiFi, but they also offer support for Bluetooth Low Energy connections. This technology is primarily used to conserve power during the setup process rather than in day-to-day use, but it’s an excellent option that makes the installation process a little less power-hungry.
Treat Dispenser – The Petcube and Furbo both offer products that allow you to dispense treats to keep your pet content while away from home.
The Furbo holds over 100 pieces of any rounded treats, giving you the flexibility to choose the treats that your pet likes the best. With the ability to fling the treats across the room, you can play fetch with your dog from anywhere that you can get online. As long as the treats are smaller than the treat dispensing opening on the Furbo, you can load the camera with pretty much anything you’d prefer. However, the company does recommend round shaped treats that are around 0.4 inches in diameter.
The Petcube also holds around 100 treats and allows your pet to fetch treats from varying distances all the way up to 6 feet. Just open the lid and fill it with treats — easy as that! It’s easy to clean up any mess as well, with the detachable treat container dishwasher safe. Alternatively, it’s pretty easy to wash by hand as well.
Sound & Motion Alerts – Checking in frequently with your pet may be tempting, but oftentimes you won’t get much of a reaction. Whether your pet is in another room or taking a nap, it’s not always time for play. With sound and motion alerts, the Petcube and Furbo lets you know when there is any sort of commotion at home. This allows you to both monitor your pet’s comfort and safety as well as to know when it’s time to fling a few treats for a game of fetch!
Works with Amazon Alexa – Both the Petcube and Furbo work with Amazon Alexa — allowing you hands-free control of your remote treat camera for pets. With the Petcube, you can take advantage of a wide variety of Petcube Alexa skills. Ask your dispense a treat for the cat or dog without needing to open an app. The Furbo also has Alexa support, responding to commands like “dispense a treat in 1 hour,” that make automating pet care an easy and rewarding experience.
Designed for – The Petcube has products that work for both dogs and cats, and the same can be said for Furbo. While treat dispensers may seem tailored towards dogs that are more inclined to play fetch, there’s no doubt that cats enjoy an occasional treat just as much. All you have to do is make sure your treats are small enough to be dispensed, and you’re ready to play!
Petcube vs. Furbo — Differences
Difference #1: Field-of-view – A high definition video feed is definitely a major plus, but a clear picture is pretty useless if you can’t actually get your cat or dog in the frame. Pets aren’t always interested in interacting with your camera, and having an adequate field-of-view is an important part of keeping an eye on your pet even when you aren’t giving treats or otherwise playing.
The Petcube has a 138 degree field of view which is definitely adequate, but the Furbo is definitely superior in this category with an impressive 160 degree camera feed.
Difference #2: Zoom – Both the Petcube and the Furbo include the ability to zoom in on the action. This gives you a front seat view of your pet’s activity even if they’re quite a distance away, and is a convenient part of both smart cameras. The Furbo has 4x zoom while the Petcube only supports 3x, giving it another advantage over its main competitor.
Difference #3: Real-time Barking Alerts – Sound and motion alerts may be adequate for the majority of users, but the Furbo goes above and beyond with real-time barking alerts. While it’s possible that your dog may just be barking at a passerby, it can also mean that something’s wrong at home.
Knowing when your dog is in distress is a major plus that the Furbo has when compared to the Petcube. This feature gives owners peace of mind when away from home with the knowledge that you’ll be the first to know when your dog starts to make a commotion.
Difference #4: Smart Dog Alerts – One of the major perks of Furbo that sets it apart from the competition areits AI-powered Smart Dog Alerts. This feature will detect dog-related activities, such as when your pet is running around, playing, or jumping on the furniture. Additionally, the camera will snap a photo when your dog is facing the camera, sending you cute pictures of your furry friend when you’re away from home.
One of the coolest parts of the Smart Dog Alerts is that the AI continues to learn more about your dog. Over time, the alerts will get more and more accurate, eventually keeping you in the loop for pretty much any activity. The camera can also send an alert when a human comes into view — whether that’s the dog walker or a potential intruder.
Overall, the Smart Dog Alerts add convenience, fun, and security when you leave your dog at home, and this feature makes the Furbo a little more well-rounded than the analogous Petcube products.
Difference #5: Triggered Video Recordings & Cloud Storage – While the Furbo does have a lot of advantages over the Petcube, the Petcube does pull ahead when it comes to triggered video recording and cloud storage. While you’ll receive a number of alerts from the Furbo when it detects activity in the home, you’ll need to take a picture or record a video manually when you open the app.
The Petcube, on the other hand, will automatically record when it sends an alert — giving you the ability to see what you missed while you were gone. Having the ability to check back in at a later date is definitely a useful perk, as with the Furbo you pretty much have to be glued to your phone to ensure you don’t miss any relevant video activity.
Difference #6: Monthly fees – The Petcube functions well on its own, but three tiers of Petcube Care plans allow you to upgrade your service with features like additional cloud storage and discounts on products from a number of pet companies.
Currently, the Furbo doesn’t have any premium plans, but it’s possible that the Smart Dog Alerts could be locked behind a monthly fee in the future. The company has stated that the alerts are available for free on a trial basis, but that they may inform users in the future of a Premium Service option if they’d like to keep the feature active. It’s always disappointing to see a previously-free feature locked behind a paywall, but it may be worth a small monthly fee due to the AI’s intelligence and ability to keep a close eye on your pet.
Difference #7: Design – The two devices do differ in terms of design, with the Petcube Bites being a little bit bulkier and heavier than the Furbo. With dimensions of 7.2 x 3 x 12.9 inches and a weight of 3.5 pounds, the Bites is definitely more substantial when compared to the 5.91x 4.72x 8.86 inches and 2.1 pounds of the Furbo. However, the difference isn’t really significant enough to make a major difference in your purchasing decision.
One area where the Petcube definitely comes out on top, however, is with colors. With options for Matte Silver, Rose Gold, Carbon Black, and a limited edition Snow White, there are much more exciting than the Furbo’s singular choice of White. While white is a classic color that will work well with pretty much any decor, you definitely have more of a choice if you opt for the Petcube.
Petcube vs. Furbo — Comparison Chart
|Video Resolution||1080p HD||1080p HD||Field-of-view||138°||160°|
|Zoom||3x digital zoom||4x zoom|
|Wi-Fi||802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz||802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz|
|Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)||Yes||Yes|
|Built-in Laser Toy||No||No|
|Real-time Barking Alerts||No||Yes|
|Smart Dog Alerts||–||Activity Alert|
|Free Cloud Recording||Up to 4 hours||No|
|Triggered Video Recordings||Yes||No|
|Monthly fees||Optional||Not yet|
Possible for Smart Dog Alerts
|Works with Amazon Alexa||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions||7.2 x 3 x 12.9 inches|
(18.3 x 7.8 x 32.7 cm)
|5.91 x 4.72 x 8.86 inches|
(15 x 12 x 22.5cm)
|Weight||3.5 pound||2.1 pounds|
Snow White (Limited)
Petcube vs. Furbo — Accessories
Since both the Petcube and Furbo are designed to give your dog treats, it only makes sense to stock up on some tasty snacks that will fit perfectly within your new pet tech.
For the Petcube Bites, consider purchasing the Wellness Natural Grain Free Puppy Training Treats, or maybe the Wellness Petite Treats Small Breed Grain Free Dog Treats.
Keep in mind, too, that these dispensers will also likely work with your dog or cat’s favorite treats as well — just make sure that they are small enough to fit through the dispensing slot.
Petcube vs. Furbo — Our Thoughts
When deciding between the Petcube and Furbo, you basically have one major choice to make. If you have the time to check your phone as needed to respond to notifications from the Furbo, you’ll have access to detailed information from utilities like Smart Dog Alerts.
If you find that you’re not always able to view footage right away, the Petcube (and its recording technology that is triggered by motion) may be a better buy.
Essentially, you’ll choose between more detailed pet alerts that you have to tune in to view right away, or more basic footage that will be captured for later review.
There’s no one clear answer as to which is the better product. Hopefully considering the differences between Petcube and Furbo and their separate strengths will make the decision-making process a little bit easier.
- Petcube Bites
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