Petzi is a very small device with a camera for you to be able to interact with your pet when you are away. The Petzi treat cam’s main function is for you to be able to give your dog treats from the tap of a button on your iPhone (the device will then dispense treats accordingly). Petzi also serves as a one way audio transmitter where your pet can hear you. Petzi currently costs around $170.
You connect to the Petzi device through a free, secure app on your iPhone. Petzi additionally features its own catalog to feature cool pictures you took of your pet through the app. This is very similar to its own social media and these pictures are all taken and posted on the Petzi App.
Petzi features one-way audio and one-way video as well so you can see and talk to your pets. Keep in mind thought that they cannot see you and you cannot hear anything happening on the other side.
Petzi definitely does have several competitors on the market. Some popular competitors include PetChatz and Furbo, both of which cost significantly more. The predominant difference between PetChatz/Furbo and Petzi is that Petzi has one-way audio and one-way video. Its competitors, however, feature two way video and/or two way audio. This may not actually be a very useful function because it may not be crucial to hear the sounds you’re pet is making and most pets probably cannot absorb that the picture they see is actually you. So, Petzi may be the best of all worlds — most effective, most useful, and most affordable.
Most customers were satisfied with the product especially for such a fantastic price point. What many felt it is missing (which is why this product is so much cheaper than its competitors) is the two way audio between you and your pet. Many people thought that one way video is sufficient, however some felt otherwise. People also thought that Petzi’s own social networking “thing” that they tried to implement was totally unsuccessful and completely useless. Overall, people loved the whole concept behind it and the ability to dispense treats when you are away. However, many people were also annoyed with the fact that the treats have to fit a very strict specification in order to fit in the dispenser.
The Bottom Line
This product is a very nice one. I think its price point is unbeatable and it is a very sleek-looking product that is extremely functional. The treat dispensing feature seems to work phenomenally, with most customers being very happy with it. However, the treat specifications do seem to be quite strict so you have to buy separate treats to put in your Petzi. Also, I do see how lacking a two-way audio and/or two-way video can be a con for some people.
Petzi Treat Cam
- Very good price especially compared to its competitors
- Good quality video
- Portable if necessary
- One-way audio can sometimes be a negative according to many customers
- There is sometimes a significant delay between reality and what you are seeing
- The treats that can fit inside the device have to fit very specific measurements