If you have a cat you'll know how mischievous they can be – they love wandering around the house, sneaking up trees for those pesky squirrels, and even harassing the neighborhood Rotweiller. But what happens if you lose sight of them? Instead of worrying about where they are, you can monitor them through GPS chips!
GPS trackers allow you to make sure that you can keep track of your felines while they are wandering around. To allow you the best understand all the ins-and-outs of these tracking devices, we've taken the time to compile a list of things you should look for, along with the best GPS tracker out there in the market.
Before checking out the products section, you should consider the following criterions!
Ever try running around with a weighted vest on? Well, we'll let you skip on that but just know carrying around an extra few pounds on your back is a pain. That's why we recommend buying a tracker that isn't too bulky – your cat shouldn't feel like its training for a marathon. Consider buying a tracker that is around 6 ounces in weight.
The last thing you want is to get a GPS tracker that makes your cat uncomfortable, typically a tracker should fit nicely around your cat's neck. It shouldn't be too loose, as then it may fall off. At the same time, you don't want it too tight, as that'll inconvenience your feline friend.
Most of the trackers out there are inexpensive, but if you want a few extra features on your cat color you'll have to pay extra. But ultimately we feel the small price you pay for a tracker is well worth the security that you'll feel when your cat is out and about.
The main feature that a locator should have is how it monitors your cat. Whether it be through a smartphone app or a desktop web browser, you should be able to track your cat with ease. We've found that some trackers have additional features like activity monitoring and recording. This is for the extra-protective owners out there and something extra to consider before you pick!
One more thing to consider is battery life. Make sure you check how often you have to charge it, and whether it notifies you that it needs to be charged.
Coming in at first place is the TabCat by Loc8tor – we've read a lot of good things about this tracker, but when we finally got our hands on it, we knew that it was going to be a good pick.
|TabCat||Pet Tracking Collar Cat Locator Lite Cat Finder Tracker System||$ Check price |
The first thing you should know about the Tabcat is that it is light – that's right, it only comes up to .25 ounces which are nothing compared to it's peers. When your cat is roaming around – it won't feel too restricted if it's got the TabCat on.
Now if you're wondering about the tracking range on the TabCat, just know that it's fair amount. With the Tabcat, you can locate your pet up to 122 meters (roughly 400 feet).
Now the thing we loved about the Tabcat, that sets it apart from it's peers is that you don't need to use your smartphone to find your cat. Simply use the radio that comes with the locator, and it'll guide you within 2.5 centimeters of your cat's location.
Additionally, there is a beeping system on the locator itself, so with a tap of a button, the unit itself will start beeping, and there's a good chance that your cat will come home without you having to locate it.
Coming in at second place is KITTN03 - although this tracker is marketed toward dog owners, we found that using it on cats is perfectly fine. In fact, if you buy this, we found it to be the best bang for the buck because if you have a dog and a cat, you'll be able to use it on both of them.
|LINK AKC||Smart Cat Collar||$$ Check price |
Now the thing that sets KITTN03 apart form its peers is the fact that it has a 14-day battery – if you look at the battery life of any of the other trackers, you'll come to see that KITTN03 comes out on top. Having a long last battery not only will save you some electricity but the hassle of having to constantly recharge the tracker is gone!
Additionally, if your cat loves playing in the rain, you'll be glad to know that KITTN03 is engineered with waterproof technology, so the tracker itself won't get damaged if it gets a little drizzly outside.
Another factor that we loved about KITTN03 is that it connects to both IOS and Androids – whereas some trackers only connect to one operating system or the other, FitBark connects to both. This is nice if you have an Android phone, but happen to have an iPad, you'll be able to see your pet from both devices.
Last but not least is the Pod 2 GPS– we rated the POD the third place because some users have reported problems with the battery but for the most part, people are happy with the Pod 2. It doesn't help that there is a shortage of GPS trackers in the market at the moment but for the time but the Pod 2 suffices if you need an affordable tracker.
|Pod 2 GPS||WiFi Pet Tracker and Activity Monitor||$$ Check price |
First and foremost what we adored about the Pod 2 is that it has an escape alert – no other tracker on the market has this feature. How does it work you may ask? Well the moment that your cat leaves the set boundaries, it will give your phone notification.
Another extra bonus feature that is included on the Pod 2 is an activity monitor – the Pod 2 is marketed as a GPS tracker but when we found that it has an activity monitor on it as well, let's just say we were ecstatic. With this feature, you can make sure that your pet is getting the right amount of fitness every day.
On a final note, we would like to highlight the location on-demand feature on the Pod 2. If you need to locate your cat in real time. Simply open the app and you'll be able to locate exactly where your cat is - no more waiting a minute for the GPS to calibrate, simply tap, and catch your cat before it gets into anymore trouble.