Best cat trackers at a glance:

Cat trackerTechnologyAccuracyEffective rangeBattery lifeWeightEase of use
TabCat Cat Tracker RF1 inch400 ft3 months0.21 oz10/10
Whistle GO GPS10-15 ftunlimited5-20 days1,3 oz10/10
Cat Tailer BluetoothSeveral feet328 ft6 months0.28 oz10/10
Tile ProBluetoothSeveral feet300 ft1 year0.5 oz9/10
Gibi Master Kit GPS10 ftunlimited3 days1.4 oz8/10
Tile MateBluetoothSeveral feet150-200 ft1 year0.2 oz9/10
Tracker Locator BluetoothSeveral feet82 ftMore than 6 months0.7 oz8/10
Pawscout Smarter Pet TagBluetoothSeveral feet300 ft6 months1.58 oz10/10
Bartun GPS TrackerGPS16 ftunlimited3-10 days1.05 oz9/10
Candora GPS Pet TrackerGPS15 ftunlimited15 hrs to 5 days1.2 oz8/10
CubeBluetoothSeveral feet100 ftUp to 1 year0.388 oz10/10

How I researched the best cat trackers

1. I evaluated the accuracy of each tracker

To estimate how accurate each tracker is, I decided to test them in real life. I put each tracker in a random place in my neighborhood and then located them with the apps or handsets. The difference between the actual location and the tracked location shows how accurate each device is. The shorter the distance is, the higher accuracy it has. Overall, Bluetooth and RF trackers show better results than those with GPS.

2. I evaluated the range of effective tracking

Accuracy goes together with the range of tracking. While GPS trackers can locate your pet miles away, an RF or Bluetooth tracker will be effective only on short distances. To test this, I hid the trackers under stones, in deep grass, inside boxes, and in basements and simulated the situation of search. The experiment showed that the most accurate results appear within less than 10 feet from the devices. Of course, this depends on whether the tracker is just lying on the ground or is hidden somewhere where obstacles block the signal.

3. I evaluated a battery life

Battery life is another crucial aspect. With pet trackers, it depends on several factors: the battery itself, the amount of energy the tracker needs, and whether this amount is stable or not. For example, with trackers that can trace the activity of a pet, the energy needed for it depends on how active your cat is and on how often you set to check on it. On average, a Bluetooth tracker lives on one battery for up to a year, and cellular and GPS trackers are the weakest.

4. I evaluated the weight of each cat tracker

The weight and size of a tracker are of high importance when it comes to cats. Some pet trackers are designed for dogs and are too heavy for cats to carry around. Also, a tracker suitable for an adult cat can be too big for a kitten.

5. I analyzed the ease of use

All trackers look the same, but the process of setting them up is different. It includes downloading an app, connecting it to the tracker, and attaching the tracker to the collar of your pet. With some trackers, you need to go through a long registration process, others require a subscription. Attaching the tracker to the collar can turn into another problem: sometimes you might need extra rings to do it or it just won’t fit this particular collar. Finally, your cat can experience discomfort because of the tracker and constantly try to put it off.

FAQ

What is the smallest cat tracker ?

The smallest cat tracker, and by that I mean both the size and the weight, is Cat Tailer. It weighs only 0.24 oz and is just 1.06 inches round and is designed specifically for cats. It will suit both adult cats and kittens, and it can easily be attached to any collar. Despite being small, it is a powerful device that sends signals up to 328 ft away and stays charged for up to 6 months. So, it is definitely one of the best cat trackers on sale.

What’s the main difference between cat and dog trackers?

Dogs are bigger than cats, and so are dog trackers. I already mentioned the importance of size and weight. So, a dog tracker might not suit your cat in case it’s too heavy or large. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a tracker for a small dog like a chihuahua or a pomeranian, a tracker designed for cats will be perfect.

At the end of the day

Our cats live in a world designed for humans. And while they enjoy certain things like your comfy sofa to snuggle on or a toy to chew, our world may be dangerous for them.

They can’t ask for help and there are countless places to get stuck and lost in. A good cat tracker will increase the chances of finding your best feline buddy in case it runs away on a trip or chases a bird too far. You might want to run a digital bird game for your cat on screen or install an outdoor or a balcony catio instead.

And if your cat is very active outdoors and you don’t want him to leave the yard (that is a safe territory) – you might want to learn more about the electronic fences for cats.

Even if your cat never leaves home, there’s always a tiny possibility that it escapes through a door left open. Trackers can help a lot in searching for a lost pet, but do not consider them the only safeguard. It is advised to microchip your cat as tags and trackers can easily be removed while a microchip will come in handy to identify the owner of a lost animal.

Keep your pets safe!

Jimmie O’Chutt is CEO of CatPet.Club magazine. He saved his cat’s life (who has KCD). Jimmie is a cat enthusiast who is pretty good at product research. He shares his own experience and advice here on CatPet.Club

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