Pet Trackers for Your Cat
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A fear that many cat owners have while walking their cat on a leash, is that they may loose their cat, either because they were spooked by a sound or tried to go hunting for something. It’s something we don’t want to think about but it can happen!
As such, we asked our community about pet trackers that we can use to track our cats if they get lost.
We actually thought trackers would be fairly simple. We thought they would be a GPS tracker, small and attachable on a kitties collar. Oh boy - were we naive!
Turns out that trackers are not just GPS trackers. They can use a variety of tracking technology including:
They each have their own set of positives and negatives and our suggestion is that you keep these in mind when picking one.
Types of Trackers
GPS trackers use a mobile phone network to track your cat. You can then use a smartphone or computer to track your cat.
Typically you will need a mobile service plan, which will include a monthly fee. You may also need to recharge its batteries approximately once a week.
GPS Trackers may be for you if you need to track your cat over a large distance, in an area where you have great mobile phone reception.
Just bear in mind, that it has the same limitations as GPS on your phone - it may get confused if your cat is hiding under/in a large building or in an area surrounded by buildings.
The Minifinder Atto is a GPS tracker that is used by members in the Catexplorer Community.
It is small and can be sewn onto a harness. It comes with an app that you can use to track your cat and the battery typically lasts 20 days.
Radio Frequency Tracker
Radio frequency trackers emit a frequency which you can then track using a handheld unit, which you can use to find your cat.
They don't have a range as long as a GPS tracker but are relatively accurate. Unlike GPS trackers, these don't need a monthly data plan and typically have a longer battery life. Radio Frequency Trackers also tend to be cheaper than GPS trackers.
They may be best if mobile phone reception isn't the best in locations that you frequent. However, you would need to be relatively close to your cat for it to work.
The TabCat tracker appears to be the most popular tracker used by Catexplorer Community.
It is lightweight and cheaper than a GPS tracker.
Each set comes with 2 trackers for your cats and a remote. It is great if you are a multi cat household as you can sync 4 cats to one remote.
It has a range of 122 m and guides you to 2.5 m of your cat. However, it is limited if there are buildings and large plants in the way.
The tracker also beeps when you are looking for your cat, and a few cats have been trained to come when their collar starts beeping.
The Marco Polo tracker has not been used by many members of our community. However, it does come up google searches for pet trackers that use radio frequency.
It has a range of 3.2 km.
Bluetooth trackers typically don't have the best range or accuracy.
While you don't need a great mobile phone network to use them, they are probably only best suited for cats who stay relatively close to you. For example a kitty who likes to be hidden at home or in a small back yard.
While there are not many Bluetooth trackers for cats, you can use a tracker like Tile, which has been developed to find household items like keys.
What Pet Tracker Should I use For My Cat?
The kind of tracker you need, really depends on the locations you may explore with your cat, the amount you're willing to spend and its size.
If you need a large range, are willing to spend a bit more and are typically exploring areas with great phone reception - a GPS tracker may be the one for you.
If you are ok with staying relatively close to your cat and using a hand held remote to find your cat, a radio frequency tracker may be the one for you.
And if your cat loves hiding at home, a Bluetooth tracker may be the one for you.
Does your cat wear a tracker? What kind of tracker do you use?