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Keep your furry friends safe while you’re home and away with one of these pet-friendly home security systems.

Best overall

Vivint

4.5

Starting from$29.99/mo

Pro installation
Motion detection cameraView PackagesRead Review

Best budget system

SimpliSafe

4

Starting from$17.99/mo

DIY or pro installation
Affordable monitoringView packagesRead Review

Best for dog owners

ADT

4.25

Starting from$28.99/mo

Pro installation
Adjustable motion sensorsView packagesRead Review

Best DIY system

Frontpoint

4.25

Starting from$24.99/mo

DIY installation
Famously helpful customer serviceView PackagesRead Review

By

Katie McEntire

Dec 11, 2023

6 min read

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Home security isn’t just for humans, there’s plenty it can do for your fuzzy companions too. Our top pick, Vivint, has a few features that made us sit and stay.
We’re especially fans of the one-of-a-kind Vivint Indoor Camera, which doubles as a motion sensor and takes 20-second clips of activity whenever it detects action. It also has two-way talk, so you can comfort anxious animals or catch them in the act of digging through the garbage.
For all its purebred glory, Vivint is accessible for folks on a budget (now you can buy the fancy dog food). Professional monitoring and equipment from Vivint start at around $30/month.
 

The best pet-friendly security systems in 2022Vivint: Best overallADT: Best for dog ownersFrontpoint: Best DIY systemSimpliSafe: Best budget system

Compare pet-friendly security systems
BrandBest forLowest monitoring priceInstallationMotion sensor weight limitLearn moreRead reviewVivintBest overall
$29.99/mo.Pro
Adjustable
View PackagesRead ReviewSimpliSafeBest budget system
$17.99/mo.DIY
< 30 lbs.
View PackagesRead ReviewADTBest for dog owners$28.99/mo.*Pro
AdjustableView packagesRead ReviewFrontpointBest DIY system
$24.99/mo.DIY
< 40 lbs.
View PackagesRead ReviewInfo current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.*Landline monitoring only. Some restrictions apply. (Full disclaimer)

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Reviews: Pet-friendly security systems

1. Vivint: Best overall

Best overall

Vivint

4.5

Starting from$29.99/mo

View Packages

855-813-7566

If you want a professionally-monitored and installed security system that works for your family and pets, Vivint is the cat’s meow.
The sensors installed in your home connect to Vivint’s mobile app, allowing you to monitor your home and your pets in real-time. For example, you can set emergency and non-emergency alerts so you can distinguish when your pet’s up to their normal mischief or if they’re in real danger.

Pros

Two-way video monitoring

Professional installation

Adjustable weight settings on motion detectors

Cons

Fine-print pricing

Inconsistent customer service

Vivint’s cameras have all the features you need to keep an eye on your pets while you’re away. The two-way communication can comfort anxious pups or catch cats in the middle of their antics. It has crystal-clear infrared night vision and a wide-angle HD view to watch them from your living room, kitchen, or bedroom at all times.
We also like the 20-second playback feature that kicks on when the camera notices activity in the room. And there’s also a one-touch call button for the human members of your family who may need to contact you too.
It is worth mentioning that Vivint costs a pretty penny up front and requires a 60-month contract, but it’s a worthwhile service for many customers who want to protect their human and animal family.
Learn more in our full Vivint review and check out these other Vivint articles:

Vivint FAQs
How much does Vivint cost?
Vivint Installation
Vivint Customer Service: Reviews and Contact Info
Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro Review

2. SimpliSafe: Best budget system

Best budget system

SimpliSafe

4

Starting from$17.99/mo

View Packages

SimpliSafe may not be best in show, but it is a solid pick for a professionally monitored DIY system. There’s no contract or cancellation fees, so it requires much less commitment (and cleanup) than a puppy. Installation is also easy enough to complete in an hour. Simply plug in the smart hub, place the sensors, and connect them together through the app.

Pros

Affordable monitoring

DIY or pro installation

Cons

Pets over 30 pounds can trigger motion detectors

SimpliSafe is a great choice for cat owners because of its DIY setup. You know your cat better than anyone else (and even then, they can be unpredictable). Setting up your own security system lets you adjust for your cat’s climbing, chewing, or sleeping habits.
Even small cats can trip a motion sensor if they tend to scale cabinets and bookshelves while you’re gone. Installing your own system can help you avoid false alarms and keep your kitties happy.
Each package comes with a range of safety, emergency, and home automation equipment. We were disappointed to see that CO detectors were missing from the lineup and that the motion sensors have a low weight range—bad news for pets over 30 pounds. Although the SimpliSafe manual has instructions for dog owners, it puts the sensor in reach of tampering.
Learn more in our full SimpliSafe review.

3. ADT: Best for dog owners

Best for dog owners

ADT

4.25

Starting from$28.99/mo

View Packages

ADT has an impressive range of equipment for home security, safety, and home automation. But what stands out to us is its adjustable motion detector. This is perfect for the tiniest teacup Chihuahuas to the greatest Great Danes.

Pros

Adjustable pet-immune PIR sensor

24/7 professional monitoring

6-month money-back guarantee for pro installed systems*

Cons

Poor customer service

Vague pricing

*If ADT is unable to resolve an issue with the system within the first six months of service. 

Most pet-immune PIR (passive infrared) sensors ignore animals up to a certain weight limit, typically 30 to 45 pounds. The motion sensor is adjustable, allowing you to customize this range to match the size of your pets.
ADT has been in the home security business for 147 years, so you know you can rely on them to protect your home. That said, we can’t ignore the vague pricing on their website.
Learn more in our full ADT review.

4. Frontpoint: Best DIY system

Best DIY system

Frontpoint

4.25

Starting from$24.99/mo

View Packages

855-509-8827

Frontpoint is our favorite DIY system for pet owners. Installing your own security system may seem like a big task, but it’s as easy as a walk in the dog park. Most of Frontpoint’s components use peel-and-stick backing, so all you need to do is place your sensors and program them into the system.

Pros

Wide selection of security cams

Highly-rated customer service

Customizable system

Cons

Low motion-sensor range

Extra cost for smoke detectors

This allows you to set up sensors out of reach of your pets. And while Frontpoint’s setup is DIY, it offers professional monitoring, keeping emergency response times fast and your pets safe.
With Frontpoint, you can have an advanced security system with motion detectors, window and door sensors, and a tough, smash-proof smart hub to connect the whole system.
Frontpoint has several packages to choose from, but you’ll need to pay a little more than $475 to get The Bunker equipment package, which comes with a smoke and heat sensor. Or you can build a custom system for a little cheaper than the standard packages if you don’t need as many cameras and window sensors.
There’s a solid selection of Frontpoint indoor and outdoor cameras. Both of the indoor camera options have two-way communication, so you can speak with the two-legged and four-legged members of your family through the app. You can also get a durable outdoor camera and a doorbell camera to keep an eye on the outside of your home.
Learn more in our full Frontpoint review.

Frontpoint ID ProtectFrontpoint isn’t just for furry friends and home security, it can also protect your identity. It just partnered with Allstate Identity Protection to offer identity theft protection to all Frontpoint customers at no extra cost.

Final word
With a pet-friendly home security system like Vivint, you can keep an eye on them all day and come to the rescue when they need you most. Monitoring from the professionals at Vivint also helps you reach emergency services quickly if you need them.
Even the sharpest border collie can’t call 911, so it’s important to find a system that alerts you to real threats like fires and carbon monoxide leaks. If a security system isn’t right for you and your fur baby, you might consider buying a pet camera instead.

FAQ

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What should I consider when buying a pet-friendly security system?

Traditionally, home security systems have been designed with humans in mind, but what about our furry friends? Home security features like live video feed and motion detectors with adjustable sensitivity can make our homes safer for pets and pet owners alike.There aren’t many differences between security systems for pets and their owners, but with the best systems, you can watch your fur babies remotely and react quickly in an emergency to help them.A majority of the motion sensors we saw can ignore smaller moving objects up to 40 pounds. This allows small dogs and cats to move about your home freely. If you have a larger dog (around 50 pounds and up), consider a system with glass break sensors instead of motion detectors.These devices are finely tuned to sound when they detect loud sounds like shattering glass, so your pups can still play while your home is protected from invasion.

How do pet-friendly PIR sensors work?

PIR or passive infrared, technology is commonly used in motion detectors. Instead of sensing movement, it looks for changes in heat in the area it’s surveilling. Learn more about pet-immune motion detectors.

My pet is big enough to trigger motion sensors. Can I still use a security system?

It depends on your motion sensor’s weight range. Most sensors will ignore pets up to 45 pounds, but you can find adjustable models from companies like Vivint and ADT.If your dog is over the weight range, you may want to opt for a glass break sensor and automated locks instead. This will keep your doors locked when you need them and notify you if an intruder breaks any windows or glass on your door.

Are there any pet cams that work with security systems?

We like to think that any indoor camera with two-way communication can be a suitable pet camera, but we weren’t able to find any systems that work with treat-dispensing pet cameras.

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How we reviewed pet-friendly security systems

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We started by looking for alarm systems with compatible equipment like high-range motion detectors and indoor cameras with two-way communication. We looked for features like motion detectors, glass break sensors, video monitoring, and smoke and CO monitoring to keep your pet safe while you’re home and away.
We also consider professional monitoring an essential feature because it generally gives you better control over your system remotely and is more effective at reaching first responders in an emergency.
We have hands-on experience testing Vivint and SimpliSafe. For the other brands, we spent most of our research reading through product manuals, setup guides, and customer reviews.
Learn more about how we researched this and our other reviews by reading our full methodology.

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Written by

Katie McEntire

As a renter, pet-owner, and woman living alone, Katie McEntire takes safety seriously. She’s tested devices like pet cameras, home security systems, and GPS trackers in her own home and devices in the name of safety. In addition to testing, writing, and reviewing for SafeWise, she also makes videos for the site’s YouTube channel.

She’s been featured on publications like TechGuySmartBuy, Forbes, Healthy Moms, and Digital Care. Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She’s held previous writing positions at Overstock.com and Top Ten Reviews.

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