The Perfect Gift for Aspiring Feline Filmmakers

Sun, Dec 14, 2008

Gifts & Miscellaneous

Ever wondered what kitty sees as she goes about her day? The Pet’s Eye View Camera captures life from her point of view, then you can download the pix and see for yourself. You never know, you just might have the makings of an award-winning film!

Wilson over at Gizmodo just reviewed this gadget with his cat Wade who is indoor-only and produced some rather mundane footage. Not really award-winning, but the review shows that the device does what it promises. Apparently you can set it to take photos every 1, 5 or 15 minutes and it will store up to 40 high-resolution photos. It has a rechargeable battery and comes with a USB cable for downloading, but you must provide the collar.

Wade and some of his best work.

Seattle filmmakers Michael and Deirdre Cross didn’t use the Pet’s Eye View Camera, instead they used Mr. Lee’s CatCam. Cooper leads a much more adventurous life than Wade, and for one day a week over the course of a year, he brought home some very nice images. Taking a photo every 2 minutes, Cooper captured 200 to 400 images a day. His adventures even landed him a spot on the new Animal Planet series, Cats 101. Read more about Cooper’s project here, and see more of his photos on Flickr.

Cooper and a glimpse of his adventures.

I’d love to see the view from the new cat shelves that I installed near the ceiling on the catio! I think I’ll have to get one of these and see who is willing to wear it. (I also think it would be fun to wear one of these around the office.)

Thanks to Moderncat readers Jason and Autumn for the tips. The Pet’s Eye View Camera is available at Amazon and you can still get it in time for Christmas!

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16 Responses to “The Perfect Gift for Aspiring Feline Filmmakers”

  1. 1
    Dave

    That’s a neat idea, but I remember trying to put collars on one of our Abbys when she was about 3 months old. Stayed on her for all of about 10 seconds. It’s like she was the reincarnation of Houdini.

    I don’t even want to speculate how long this would stay on. :)

  2. 2
    Goma+Sachie

    Ohmaigosh!!!! I must need want should GET IT!!!! this is so awesome! I was waiting for this to come out eversince pet cam was invented!! thank you for letting me know about this!

  3. 3
    Ayla Anderson

    Great idea but geez that thing is big! I know my cats love to pretend like they are still little predators attacking their prey (fake mouse or each other) super quietly in total surprise. I don’t know how much they would be enjoying their favorite activity of attack with this huge thing around their neck. Good idea but I’ll wait for one that is considerably smaller.

  4. 4
    Lou

    I love this, although I’m not sure what Noa would think of this, he already hates his new collar and bell. Live wifi video feed would be great too, I often wonder what he’s up too while I’m away at work.

  5. 5
    Driver B

    This is very similar to a project in Germany that I saw sometime last year:

    http://www.mr-lee-catcam.de/

  6. 6
    Begonia

    This is kinda cool. Too pricey for its size and only 35 pictures. I might go for it if it had video.

    But I’m pretty sure the bulkiness would make my cats go berserk. It looks terribly uncomfortable.

  7. 7
    Ashley

    @1 Dave: Our female cat is similar. She’ll lick at a collar until it loosens enough to get it off. They eventually get used to them though. Every now and again she has one of those kitten moments where she tries to get out of her collar again. Now we have an elastic safety collar. She hasn’t gotten that off yet. Except once when she got stuck on the frame of the bed, the collar did exactly what it was supposed to.

  8. 8
    Rowan

    Perfect, just what I need… ten pictures of the cat box. :)

  9. 9
    Diane

    How nifty!

    It would be perfect for finding out where my cat disappears to for a couple of hours every day. She’s indoor only, but she still has one secret spot left in the house, where I just can’t find her.

    Ah well… perhaps I should let her have some mystery.

  10. 10
    Deirdre Cross

    Hello,

    Thanks for including Cooper in your article about Cat Cams… we didn’t actually make the camera ourselves, we bought a kit from Mr. Lee (http://www.mr-lee-catcam.de/index.htm). We highly recommend it!

    Cheers,
    Deirdre

  11. 11
    Cherish

    I think the price is too expensive. I believe I remember the Mr Lee catcam being extremely cheap because of the high risk of loosing the camera (because we mainly want to know where our outdoors cats go) and the common need for a replacement.

  12. 12
    Microchip Cat Flaps

    That is an absolutely brilliant idea! Is it waterproof? Perhaps they should make it send the pictures back using GPRS otherwise it could prove expensive if your cat lost it as they do tend to do with collars especially if they realise anything is attached to the collar.

  13. 13
    Nancy

    I think that is too expensive. The concept is great. But I wouldn’t pay that much.

  14. 14
    m cocoa

    i wouldn’t want my kitties to choke on that – it could get caught on something during their adventures if they’re not used to it. i’d probably rig a pull-ring and risk loosing the camera but not risk my kittie’s neck.


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