Without a doubt, setting up your own kitty cam to document the experiences of your young kitten’s playful life can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Those early moments of development which we all cherish – the innocent pounces and the adorable snuggles are unforgettable. A kitty cam is a relatively inexpensive way that allows you to catch these precious and funny moments on film. Though the project itself is monetizable, setting up and executing a successful kitty cam project can take an arduous amount of effort and time. For those who love their kittens and want to share the adorable moments of their young felines’ lives, however, the investment of energy into a kitty cam project is well worth it.
The Original Crittercam: Tracing Back the Animal-Filming Trend
Though there has been a notable resurgence in popularity for live-streaming videos of cute animals and their babies within the last five years, the idea of the Crittercam is something that has been in existence since the 1980s. But the origins are not necessarily with regards to observing the adorable, but to further the abilities of scientific zoology research. In fact, Greg Marshall of The National Geographic invented the Crittercam to observe sharks (arguably, not the cutest of animals) without disturbing their behavior or habitat. Today, National Geographic is working on a Kitty Cam Project, in line with the popular trend, but of course their work with the medium is scientific: they aim to understanding the movement and behaviors of free-roaming domestic animals. Today, it is popular for animal shelters, pet stores, and cat lovers to set up kitty cams that watch their precious pets throughout the day – and viewers around the world take comfort in being able to remotely watch the kittens grow and play.
First Steps: Finding the Right Equipment and Setting the Scene for Your Kitty Video
Many people who design kitty cam projects simply use the built-in cameras on their phones, computers, or other device, saving the hassle of having to search for and purchase any new equipment necessary. Others like to purchase a camera and a tripod that can remain stationary around the clock, and have set up the equipment to stream wirelessly to their laptop or desktop computer. In terms of setting up the live feed, it is easy to use an online live streaming tool such as Livestream in order to share the footage without downloading any additional software. Livestream walks its users through the process of setting up the camera footage, such that even a new user can learn how to set up the stream without a hitch. For ideas about how to
Financial Advantages: How to Monetize Your Kitty Cam
Without question, a popular kitty cam can become a means for earning extra cash. With many monetizing options available for both YouTube videos as well as streaming live feeds, many pet owners have taken advantage of the medium in order to help defray some of the costs of ensuring that their kitten is happy and healthy. After all, the price of vaccinations, monthly flea medicines, and high-quality, nutritional cat food can add up quickly over the first months of a young kitten’s life. Monetizing can be relatively simple, by sharing videos on YouTube and allowing for advertisements to show along the bottom edge of your video.
However, for this particular tactic to work, you will have to employ a social media campaign in order to generate the viewership needed to actually make a financial return on your investment of time and money. Though it can be a joy to share the life of your young kitten with the world through the live stream medium, amassing the thousands of followers and viewers needed through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram takes a consistent effort and a moderate level of expertise. Especially since there is a lot of competition in the kitty cam market – including videos from the “giants” in the zoology industry such as Animal Planet and the World Wildlife Fund – take the time to find out how your kitty cam will fill a particular niche, and be sure to take the time to market your videos through many social media venues.
This is an article by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and an occasional guest-blogger and a full time pet lover from Wisconsin. When she is not working she likes to travel and read as much as she can. Cat Faeries is delighted to have Ashley as a guest writer.