Top 10 Best Cat Trackers In 2018

Whistle 3 GPS

Rank

1nd

Rating

9.5/10

GPS Based

Yes

Batteries included

Weight

1 ounces

Warranty

90-day

Price

$79.94

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TabCat

Rank

2st

Rating

9.7/10

Radio Frequency

No

Batteries included

Weight

7.8 ounces

Warranty

2 years

Price

$99.95

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TPod Trackers

*Editor’s Choice”

Rank

3st

Rating

9.3/10

GPS Based

No

Batteries included

Weight

1 ounces

Warranty

1 Year

Price

Out of stock

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Tile Mate

Rank

4th

Rating

8.9/10

GPS Based

Yes

Batteries included

Weight

0.2 ounces

Warranty

1 Years

Price

$19.99

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TK-STAR

Rank

5th

Rating

8.8/10

GPS Based

Yes

Batteries included

Weight

1.1 ounces

Warranty

1 Years

Price

$52.99

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YANDOG

*Bang for the buck

Rank

6th

Rating

8.7/10

GPS Based

Yes

Batteries included

Weight

0.6 ounces

Warranty

1 Years

Price

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Eureka Technology

Rank

7th

Rating

8.7/10

GPS Based

Yes

Batteries included

Weight

1.2 pounds

Warranty

90 Days

Price

Out of stock

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Girafus® Pro-track

Rank

8th

Rating

8.5/10

GPS Based

No

Batteries included

Weight

4.8 ounces

Warranty

1 Years

Price

$64.99

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Link AKC

Rank

9th

Rating

8.3/10

GPS Based

Yes

Batteries included

Weight

4.8 ounces

Warranty

3 Years

Price

$99.00

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AIBEILE

Rank

10th

Rating

8.2/10

GPS Based

No

Batteries included

Weight

7.8 ounces

Warranty

2 Years

Price

Out of stock

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Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor

Whistle The Whistle Cat Tracker is an activity tracker that is used to monitor both the cat’s health and location. It uses the GPS technology and is able to work with any phone or computer.

The mobile app uses the SMS capability to send messages that can assist in locating the cat on a map. It is able to work with both Android and iPhones platforms. Its popularity stems from the fact that it is an award winning pet tracker.

You can define your “Whistle Zone” so that you get alerted whenever the cat leaves that zone. The device easily slides over the collar of your cat hence giving you continuous real-time location information for your cat. The device also allows you create several safe zones’ depending on your movements. The battery life is between seven to ten days.

What We Liked:

  • High accuracy with great range
  • Durable + Waterproof
  • Has nation wide coverage backed by At%T

What We Didn’t Like

  • A bit on the expensive side.

 

NEW Loc8tor Pet Handheld Finder Locator Cat


TABCAT This is a small location based device that can be used to find the location of your hide-and-seek loving cat. Tabcat uses the radio frequency technique in locating the location of your cat. This type of tracker is less bulky when compared to the one using the GPS technique.

It is also a great way to train your cat to get back home on its own. The device can be instructed to alert the collar to make some beeping noise when pressed. The cat can be trained to recognize this beep as a signal to get back home.

If for any reason your cat gets stuck somewhere, you can locate its location with ease and bring it back home. Tabcat also comes with an amazing battery that is able to last up to a whole year. .This is among the world’s leading cat finder and has already saved thousands of cats around the world (including my own) from getting lost including my own cat!

What We Liked:

  • Easy to use
  • Highly accurate
  • No Wifi or GPS needed
  • Long battery life

What We Didn’t Like

  • Has limited range

Pod Trackers Tracker and Activity Monitor

POD This is one of the lightest and smallest real-time GPS tracker in the market. The Pod Cat Tacker is most likely one of the lightweight trackers you can find anywhere in the world. This type of tracker offers you real-time, on-demand location information on your cat’s whereabouts.

Whether indoor or outdoor, you can locate your cat anytime using the combination of the GPS, WiFi and 2G/3G network. You can also set alerts that can let you know whenever your cat leaves the designated safe zones.

Using a fitness tracking app, you can also watch on the cat’s activities and record their adventures. The WiFi capabilities ensures faster access to the location based information. Its battery lasts up to 6 days. You don’t need to worry about the battery downtime since it comes with two interchangeable batteries.

What We Liked:

  • locate your pet in real-time indoors and outdoors with the click of a button
  • Small, light, splashproof
  • Global range – up to 175 countries around the world

What We Didn’t Like

  • Depends highly on your network, plus some issues around the product’s durability

Tile Mate – Key Finder. Phone Finder. Anything Finder

One of the best selling product on the market today. This popular Bluetooth tracker just got 25% smaller than what it used to be. Tile Mate easily loops onto keychains or attaches to your cat’s collar so you won’t ever lose your feline friend.

What We Liked:

  • High tech yet quite easy to use.
  • Works almost on all phones
  • Very Versatile, can help you find pretty much about anything

What We Didn’t Like

  • Short Battery life
  • Some issues reported revolving bad customer service

TKSTAR Mini WiFi Pet GPS Tracker


This is one smart cat tracker, it allowes to locate your cat ny calling the SIM phone number or send it a text message. Once connected the unit will send you a SMS Text message with a Google Maps link.

What We Liked:

  • Pretty simple and easy to use
  • Fast GPS Location
  • Small and compact

What We Didn’t Like

  • Requires you to buy a sim card

YANDOG Hot Mini Smart Finder Bluetooth Tag GPS Tracker

This  Smart Finder helps you locate your cat with our easy-to-use “iSearching”app for iPhone and Android.  So No more stressing as you search for kitty around the house and yard. With the tile you can locate them quickly and easily.

What We Liked:

  • Super affordable , a true bang for the buck
  • Easy to use (I’m guessing you’re sensing a pattern here)

What We Didn’t Like

  • The Bluetooth connection will drain your phone battery

Eureka Technology- Pet Monitoring/Tracking and Locating System

Marco Polo System This is a simple, logical and interesting tracking system that uses radio waves to track, monitor and locate your cat. It’s able to locate your cat up to a radius of two miles from a central location.

The system allows you to define safe areas and hence enabling you to receive signals whenever the cat leaves that area. Using the locator, you can move towards the direction of the cat and be able to find it whether on foot or by car. One system is able to accommodate up to three different pets with different pet tags. When you buy the system you get a handheld locator, a charger, one tag and user guides. The battery can last you up to 90 days but it is good to charge it frequently.
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What We Liked:

  • Simple set up, plus no GPS or cell network required
  • These small receivers can be attached and hooked to anything you want

What We Didn’t Like

  • Short battery life
  • Limited warranty

Girafus® Pro-track-tor Pet Safety Tracker RF Technology

The Tag-modul is only 0.28oz with battery. Ideal for small cats or dogs. The Tags are probably the smallest and lightest in this field. Silicon Sleeve-Splashproof Case for activities outside THE RANGE! UP TO 500 METRES /1600 FEET (clear line of sight!).Maintenance.

What We Liked:

  • Great range, easy to use,
  • tag batteries last only 2-3 months

What We Didn’t Like

  • Beware of the super loud beeper

LINK AKC Smart Dog/Pet Collar (Suited for big cats)

Link AKC Pet Tracker The Link AKC won the award of the best wearable electronic device during the CES 2017. The device uses cellular and Bluetooth technology in tracking the cat when it is within vicinity. When the cat is far away, it uses the GPS technology to do the tracking.

The accompanying cell phone app is used for communication between you and the cat’s location. It can also be used as an activity tracker, an exercise planner, a record store, a training device and a scrapbook. It also comes with a night light that can be switched on or off using the phone’s app. The temperature tracker can also help you know if the temperatures in the cat’s locality are within the required limits.

What We Liked:

  • Support positioning under designated safe zones
  • Compact integrated lightweight design
  • Very well priced.
  • Waterproof

What We Didn’t Like

  • Seems a bit complicated to use
  • Not recommended for pets under 10 pounds

 

AIBEILE Personal Mini Micro GPS Tracker


This compact  Mini GPS tracker is a new generation of personal GPS tracking gadget for pets. It is compact, accurate, discreet and reliable. With quad-band GSM connectivity, the GPS tracker works anywhere in the world.

What We Liked:

  • Tracking by real time
  • GPS+AGPS+LBS positioning, more accurate and smart.
  • Well priced.

What We Didn’t Like

  • SIM card and data plan specifically for this device

 

Considerations when buying a cat tracker

What to look for when buying a cat tracker? Well, when considering to buy a cat tracking device, there are a number of factors one has to consider.

Some of these key factors include:

1) GPS or Radio Frequency?- GPS is an abbreviation for Global Positioning System. It is a global navigation satellite system that gives you location and time related information anywhere in the world. As long as there is a clear line of sight between the device and four or more GPS satellites, location of the place will be determined in all weather conditions.

GPS- The GPS is a system owned and operated by the US government and is able to operate independently from any internet or telephone reception. It enables you track something over time on either PC, smartphone or tablet.

(RF)- Radio Frequency trackers on the other hand uses Radio Frequency (2.4 GHz) in sending and receiving messages between the tag and the receiver. The strength of the transmitted signal between the tag and the handset is an indication of the distance and direction.

You will be able to know the direction to follow and the distance to cover to be able to reach your target object. The RF trackers are cheaper and much simpler to operate when compared to the GPS trackers.

The GPS trackers on the other hand provide much of the trackable data as compared to the RF trackers. In fact the RF trackers provide almost none of the trackable data. With GPS trackers you can also record the cat’s activities at the convenience of your phone.

This is not the case with the RF trackers. If you are therefore not interested in getting tons of data on your cat’s activities, then RF trackers are the ideal choice for you. If on the other hand you are interested in getting all the details about your cat, then investing in a GPS tracker is necessary.

 

2) Battery life- GPS devices use a triangulation method to locate something based on four or more satellites moving around the earth. The distance between the device and the satellites is well over 19000 Kilometers.

The battery within the GPS devices will therefore have to work extra hard in transmitting the signals. The high consumption therefore means most GPS device batteries will last between 2 to 6 days.

Depending on the use, you will therefore need to recharge it frequently. Some of the smaller trackers will struggle to make it through a day if not recharged.

The batteries within the RF trackers like Tabcat will last even up to one year depending on the use. Even when it gets flat, it can be easily replaced with a common battery like CR2032 battery for continued functioning. RF trackers are generally not energy hungry as they significantly use less battery and hence long lasting.

 

3) Price Range- One question you need to ask yourself before buying a cat tracker is what is your budget? You may also need to explore the various payment options. A good tracker will cost you between $75 and $200.

With internet connectivity charges, you may incur an additional $40 to $70 per year on a GPS tracker. With the GPS tracker, you will incur the cost for the device as well as the data element. An RF tracker like Tabcat will cost you a one off cost of say $90 as compared to the GPS trackers. No additional subscriptions are required for RF trackers.

 

Durability- If you have a very active cat, then it is advisable to go for a tracker that is durable. You need to compare the services offered by the different sellers before buying your tracker.

For instance a decent warranty will ensure you are protected from losses if your device fails to live up to expectation. Purchasing from a legitimate seller is therefore advantageous to you and guarantees long term usage of the device.

Final Thoughts

Conclusion Generally many types of trackers are available on the market. In terms of size, the smallest tracker weighs about 4.2 grams whereas the largest one weighs about 50 grams. You need to consider the size of your cat in choosing the the right size of a tracker.

A 50 grams tracker for instance may be fine or an impediment to the movement of your cat. Small trackers may be ideal for cats but also comes with the disadvantage of shorter battery life. You therefore need to balance between size and battery life for your cat’s ideal tracker.

Most GPS trackers come with mobile apps that make them easy to use as compared to the RF trackers. Not all the apps that come with these trackers may be beneficial to your cat. You therefore need to do some research to know which apps you may need for your tracker.

The POD tracker for instance gives you functionalities like calorie tracking, virtual fencing, distance covered and top speed. In choosing the best tracker for your cat, you also have to look at the range of capabilities available on the market. Other factors like price, battery life and budget may also come into play.

Knowing the behavior of your cat will also go a long way in making the right choice. For instance, if your cat stays indoors, then going for a less high-tech tracker will do. On the other hand, if it ventures mostly outdoors, you need to invest more in a GPS tracker.

If you need additional capabilities for monitoring the general well being of your cat, then going for a tracker with inbuilt activity monitor is recommendable. Unlike in the past, the cat trackers now come with modern GPS capabilities with lots of functionalities.

Most of these functionalities have been well thought out. They include motion detection (to assist in saving the battery), Google maps integration, mobile apps, activity monitoring and quality cameras. Future trackers are likely to improve significantly in the context of size, longer battery life and video recording capabilities.

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