How to Set Up Your Own Kitty Cam

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.

Meet Venus, a Chimera cat. Videos prove that this photo is NOT Photoshop!

Meet Venus, a Chimera cat with coloring and eyes that will blow your mind! And yes, she’s a Facebook superstar!

Venus’s Facebook page full of great photos and stories about this gorgeous cat. Many of her fans post photos of other cats and various animals with similar markings:

http://www.facebook.com/VenusTheAmazingChimeraCat

You can also see a video of Chimera

Your local fire department needs specially sized oxygen masks for animals to save the lives of animals. How you can help!

Posted to our Facebook page by Judy is one of our favorite customers and a frequent Facebook contributor:

The sister of a friend of mine, Mara DiGrazia, is a veterinarian on Long Island. To date, she has donated hundreds of animal-sized oxygen masks to numerous fire departments throughout Long Island so they can dispense oxygen properly to animals who are rescued from fires. Without those masks, sadly many beloved animals die even though firefighters heroically rescue them from the flames of the fire because they couldn’t receive life-saving oxygen properly. This is something that makes perfect sense yet I never thought about until I heard Mara was doing it.

Cat Faeries says: I never thought about this until Judy made the posting to our Facebook page. So I called around and learned the sad truth that fire departments or paramedics do not have oxygen masks for animals. Even here in San Francisco only one fire station has the equipment! After doing some digging I found the perfect organization so that you can help your local fire department.

For $70 you can purchase one oxygen mask from Wag’N Enterprises which comes with all the components, as well as a laminated instructional how-to, a DVD on CPR, and a Power Point presentation. No special training or certification is required! Order from http://www.wagnpetsafety.com/pet_oxygen_masks.html then take your donation directly to your local fire house.

Most fire stations will think this is cool beans because there are no funds for such purchases. BUT you might get some resistance from some fire fighters. Show up with coffee and cupcakes, pour on the charm. They’ll be all ears and ready to accept your gift, and learn to how to help animals!

Your local fire department may apply for a fellowship and when enough funds have been collected the donation can be made. Ask for details!

If you want to donate, but be anonymous ask Wag’N how!

http://www.wagnpetsafety.com/pet_oxygen_masks.html

Or call them: 888-924-6482 / 571-572-9246

This is a compilation of photos of fire fighters rescuing and giving oxygen to cats, victims of house fires. In the background is a wonderful music by Adam Lambert. The tenderness of the fire fighters will tear your heart out. This video might not be suitable for really sensitive people or children as some of the cats are in very bad shape. You’ll need more than one hankie for this one.

We’ve attached a USA Today article which talks about the need for animal sized oxygen masks. One quote which caused us to arch our backs and hiss was:

Support for the masks is not universal. De Pablo says critics have called them a waste of money, and have said firefighters should not be saving animals. Although most fire stations were thankful to receive the donated masks, a few refused to accept them because they didn’t want the extra equipment or responsibility, Kowalski says.

But this quote gave us made us feel much better:

“A life is a life,” says Ludwig, a deputy fire chief in Memphis, Tenn. “We prioritize a human life, but if we can help a distressed animal, we’re going to do that.”

Read the article:
http://yourlife.usatoday.com/parenting-family/pets/story/2012-02-13/Pet-oxygen-masks-can-save-animals-lives-in-fires/53070276/1

In the next few weeks with the help of a special friend of Cat Faeries, Jacqueline, we will be taking oxygen mask sets to 4 of our local fire stations. Cat Faeries donates 1% of sales to help cats and we are so pleased to use some of that money to buy equipment to help fire victim animals in our community. Please keep shopping with us so we can help more!