If you have a pet cat, I bet you’ve lost them several times and found them too! But the time gap in between losing them and finding them is anxious to say the least. I know for a fact how it feels to lose your feline friend. Many times, I think, my cat does this on purpose! Whatever may be the reason, I absolutely hate to think that someone stole my cat, or it just got lost, or it may have been through some hard time out there.
If you’re also tired of this hide and seek game or if you’re just curious to know the whereabouts of your cat, then you should try a cat tracker. A cat tracker is essentially a device that deploys various technologies to search, locate or keep tabs on your feline friends. Most cat trackers can be attached to your cat’s collar, but some cat trackers come with their own adjustable collar. In any case, a cat tracker can give you peace of mind and is really easy to use.
With the increasing number of lost cats and dogs or any pets in general, there was a need for something reliable that could be with your pet all the time. Hence, some genius people, thanks to them, came up with the idea of a pet cellphone which would deploy technology to tell you all they can about your pets!
Some gadgets are multi-purpose and can be used as both a cat’s activity tracker and health tracker. After losing two pets due to undiagnosed health issues recently, I know how important it is to keep tabs on your pet’s health. And even if your furry friend is all fit and healthy, it still wouldn’t hurt to know about their health.
You should look for a cat tracker that is lightweight and comfortable, so much so that your cat doesn’t even realize it’s there. Cats can be pretty naughty, and you don’t want them to lose the tracker, especially at a time when they’re not in front of your eyes.
There are several Cat GPS Trackers available in the market these days. Each one comes with some kind of tracking formula. But tracking is not the only thing you need to keep in mind while going for a particular cat GPS tracker. I am listing some other important things you should look for in a cat GPS tracker.
You should be able to locate your cat even on the other side of the world. If you had to locate your cat in your neighbor’s backyard, then you wouldn’t need a cat GPS tracker in the first place! Likewise, the tracked location of your pet must be reliable and accurate.
The cat GPS tracker should be 100% waterproof. Your feline friend doesn’t know it’s wearing a tracking device – which is probably for the best!
3. Safe & Lightweight
The mechanism of the GPS tracker should be safe enough to be worn easily by your cat, and must not interfere with your cat’s day-to-day activities in any way. Also, it should be lightweight.
Cat GPS trackers differ from Dog trackers because felines’ activities differ from canines’. Some cat trackers deploy GPS satellites, some use radio signals, whereas others deploy WiFi or even Bluetooth signals. Depending upon your requirements you must go for a cat tracker that deploys a technology that is suitable for both you and your cat.
4. Battery life
The battery life of the tracker is really important. As long as the battery is alive, so would your connection to your cat would be. Once the battery dies out, it’s really difficult to locate the tracker and its wearer. The longer the battery life, the better.
Geofence is a boundary created by you in the virtual space to mark your cat’s territory. If your cat crosses the geofence, you will get alerts from your tracker.
6. Live updating
Live updates, as the name suggests, is the live location of your cat sent by the device on your phone.
7. Location history
Location history is sort of a log of your pet’s location over a period of time. Well, this feature may also help you to solve some real mysteries related to your cat!
8. App availability
Does the tracker support a smartphone app? We have become habitual of getting all the data on our fingertips, at such a time, your cat’s whereabouts on your smartphone can be a boon! This feature is not a necessity but its really an added advantage and can make things simpler.
Let’s have a look at each one of the best cat GPS trackers closely.
1. Weenect 2 GPS Collar
Weenect 2 GPS tracker is a collar device and has plenty of features that come in handy. This device live tracks your feline friends in every 10 seconds. The best part of Weenect 2 is that you can literally make a phone call to your cat! It has a voice call feature that can be used to contact your cat, especially when they stray. You can also train your cat to answer or associate with the device for certain things. Weenect makes it extra easy for you to locate your pet by deploying a compass, a map and augmented reality as well.
The feature showing location history and heat spots is one of my favorites. Weenect syncs with Weenect GPS app and lets you know the whereabouts of your pet in three ways –
- Radar – this method utilizes virtual reality to tell you how far away your cat is and in which direction it is via a camera interface.
- Compass – this works exactly like the good old compass and points in the direction of your cat as well as its distance from you.
- Map – the map feature is just a map telling you where your cat exactly is.
- Lightweight tracker – weighs just 25grams.
- Battery life – the battery lasts 4 days on standby and takes about 3 hours to get fully loaded.
- Geofences – you can set up geofences to get notified whenever your cat crosses the virtual boundary.
- Waterproof – the casing of the tracking collar is waterproof and hence is capable of keeping it fully operational even in the rainy season.
- Lightweight – just 25 grams.
- Several features at a great price.
- Monthly SIM card fee.
2. Tractive GPS Tracker
One of the best cat trackers, the Tractive live tracks your cat in every 2-3 seconds. Additionally, it also keeps tabs on your pet’s movements and notifies you when your cat crosses the geofence. Geofence is something that only a few select cat trackers provide. But I think it should be a must-have in every cat tracker and is definitely an added advantage.
One of the best features of the Tractive is that it has a built-in breakaway mechanism for your cat’s safety. It is suitable for cats weighing more than 3.5kg and is waterproof as well as shockproof. Moreover, the interchangeable battery takes only 3 hours to get fully loaded.
It comes with a location history feature and you can easily keep tabs on your cat or even know where it spends most of its time. The smart digital GPS tracker which comes in the form of a sleek collar. The Tractive also tracks your cat’s total mileage. It awards your cat fitness points based on its activity level. You can brag and boast all you want now!
The Tractive is an excellent cat tracking device that tracks each and every aspect of your feline friend as opposed to just its distance or location. It starts at quite a reasonable price.
The clip loss alarm notifies you whenever the tag is removed from your cat’s collar.
The heat alarm tells you if the temperature gets too hot for your cat. (We all know our feline friends all too well to ignore this.)
The Built-in torch gets activated automatically when it gets dark. You can easily look for your cat with this feature.
- Covers can be tailored
- Built-in torch
- Clip loss alarm
- Alarm for over heating cat
- Gives fitness points according to the activity level of your cat.
3. Findster Duo
Findster Duo doesn’t require a monthly subscription but is a bit expensive up-front. After using it for a few months, I’m sure that it is cost-effective in the long run. Findster duo deploys only a GPS signal and doesn’t require a mobile phone signal. The duo is for the two modules – one for your pet and one for you.
The ‘MAZE’ technology by Findster allows wireless communication between the two modules for up to 3 miles’ radius. This feature is what makes Findster Duo different from everyone else on this list.
Apart from the unusual feature, Findster has several other features we can see in other pet trackers. For instance, live tracking and notifications via a mobile phone app, and of course geofencing.
It has a good battery life with up to 12 hours of live tracking. However, it lasts much longer – up to 7 days, if used only an activity tracker.
You can track more than one pet if each pet has a module attached to them, and 2/3 pet bundles are available to purchase.
- Doesn’t require extra fees.
- Wireless communication
- Live tracking
- Multiple pet tracking
- Good battery life
- Limited range of the device.
- Expensive up-front.
4. Pawtrack GPS Cat Collar
Being in the cat tracking domain for over ten years now, Pawtrack has gained excellence in tracking cat as they understand our feline friends all too well. The Pawtrack GPS cat collar tracks your cat accurately as the GPS is positioned on the cat’s back, as opposed to under its chin. The GPS position ensures that the GPS is facing skyward and hence the signal is strong.
Pawtrack is app-enabled and allows multiple users to use the same account simultaneously. Pawtrack allows you to set up a geofence and alerts you when your cat crosses it. It even provides you with details of your cat’s activities through heat maps, path drawing, and animated playbacks. You can get as much as a month’s activity log at once.
WiFi chip – This integrated chip identifies home wifi and alerts you whenever your cat leaves or comes home. To conserve battery, it shuts down the collar when your cat’s home.
Tracking – it automatically tracks your cat in every 6 minutes and you can also track your cat whenever you wish.
Rechargeable collars – two rechargeable collars help you change over easily and keep tracking your cat constantly without any interruption.
Smart collar – it can be turned into mini wifi to help you locate it in case it gets lost.
- Smart and sleek design
- Safety enabled latch
- Competitive price
- Two batteries for constant tracking
5. TK Star Premium GPS Cat Collar Tracker
TK Star GPS Tracker is a collar tracking device similar to the Tractive. It comes in six colors and is designed to look more like a collar than a tracking device. Speak of stealth trackers! The tracker requires a SIM card to operate and also charges you annually for the same.
The TKStar GPS Tracker Mobile App is compatible with both an iPhone and an Android phone. It comes with several features including geofencing, live tracking, etc. The live tracking is not real-time tracking as it tracks your cat’s location every two minutes. Due to this feature, the battery lasts longer than most other trackers.
Like the Tractive, you can call your feline friend using this cat tracker. You can listen to your cat doing whatever it is doing! Additionally, this tracker can send you notifications and location via text messages, which comes in handy when your mobile data is off.
- The collar can send a text message with its coordinates in case the mobile data is off
- Longer battery life
- Call feature lets you hear what your cat is up to
- Tracks location every two minutes
- Annual fee
6. Novita Kippy Life GPS Cat Tracker
Novita Kippy life GPS tracker does everything a cat tracker does and then some more. You can live track your pet in real-time. Consequently, the battery consumption is high and thus the battery is bulky which in turn adds on to the total weight of the tracker. This is only a problem for smaller cats but your bigger feline friends can carry it easily and comfortably.
Novita Kippy Life Tracker is waterproof and also has a geofencing feature. Multiple pets can be tracked simultaneously with Novita Kippy Life and you can set up different geofences for every one of your pets.
You can know where your cat is spending most of its time or what it is up to with the location history feature in the app itself. You get a map containing all the details of the locations that your cat has been to. A great way to know your feline friend’s favorite spots!
Novita Kippy Life lets you track your cat’s activity levels as well. Now you can even keep tabs on the number of miles your cat has walked and even the expended calories. This tracker doubles- up as an activity tracker too!
By deploying telephone signaling triangulation technique, this tracker lets you locate your pet even when the GPS signal is not available. Novita Kippy Life is a smart tracker and the makers surely know how it feels to lose your cat and the GPS signal simultaneously.
- Smart tracker – lets you locate your pet even without a GPS signal
- Location history
- Activity tracking
- Calorie expenditure tracking
- Position history
- Rechargeable long-lasting batteries
- Live location tracking
- Too bulky for smaller cats to carry.
These are our top Cat GPS Trackers. we have tried to include the trackers with the maximum features. Which one is your personal favorite?