The Best GPS Trackers for Cats (Expert Review)
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Updated on: 02/05/2021
Owners want their cat to feel happy, and for this, it may require getting out and about. In some cases, such walks end sadly – the animal disappears without a trace. To prevent this from happening, you can use special devices; trackers.
A collar with a GPS tracker helps track the pet and limit the walk’s territory. If the cat goes beyond the border marked by the owner, a signal will be triggered. 
Cat Tracking Devices (Full Reviews)
We gathered the best GPS trackers for cats suitable for all budgets and needs:
The Best Overall
1. Tractive IKATI
Thanks to advanced technologies, Tractive GPS Tracker can accurately detect your animal’s location almost anywhere in the world. Tractive notifies the owner when the cat leaves a pre-defined safe area.
The product has an ergonomic design, so it can easily be attached to any ollar. Just attach the device to your collar and be calm.
- The battery life of the device is 2-5 days. If you are trying to locate at night, the LED light and sound function will help you.
- Tractive GPS trackers are made of durable materials and are 100% waterproof.
- LIVE mode-the location is updated every 2-3 seconds.
- A tariff plan is available from 3.75 euros per month after placing the order.
- Battery life is up to 5 days.
- Waterproof, shockproof.
- Location tracking and activity monitoring.
The Best Collar with Activity Monitoring
2. Whistle GO Explore Health & Location Tracker
Whistle GO Explore allows you to track location if it has escaped or been stolen. If your pet has left the boundaries set for walking, you will receive a notification on your smartphone.
The app also allows you to track the number of calories burnt by your pet. Besides, you can generate a 30-day report on your dog’s activity for the veterinarian. Thanks to the extended battery life, the Whistle GO Explore runs for up to 20 days without charging.
- Monitors licking, scratching, & sleeping.
- One of the most consistent product on the market. Using the AT&T network and Google Maps, you can track your pet exact location in real-time.
- Has the longest battery life of any GPS tracker we tested.
- Attaches securely to almost any collar.
- Email vet 30-day health report.
- Weekly wellness report, monthly stats.
- Lag for initial notification when pet is out of safe zone.
The Best Value for Money
3. Tabcat Pack
Tabcat Tracker uses a radio frequency, unlike most other modern models the location of your cat.
To start tracking a cat, simply attach a light (0.21 oz) tag to the collar.
After that, you can quickly find it using a remote control the size of a credit card. The splash-proof Tabcat cover that is included protects the device from bumps, water, and scratches.
- Accuracy up to one inch.
- You can track up to four cats.
- The app has hints that indicate the direction to search for a cat.
- Radio-frequency locating.
- 400ft range.
- No subscription.
- Some users did not like that this product can only cover 400 feet range.
Best Budget Pick
4. PetTouchID Smart Pet ID Tag
The Pettouchid Smart Pet ID Tag is attached to your cat’s collar. The principle of operation is to scan the QR code. When the person who found your cat scans the tag, GPS information about where your pet is will be sent directly to your phone.
This tracker does not require you to use the app or spend money on a subscription, so it is an extremely economical choice. The product is available in several colors, so you can choose the one that suits your furry friend.
- It attaches to your cat’s collar.
- GPS sends information to your phone.
- No subscription required.
- Good backup GPS protection.
- No app required.
- Available in several colors.
- Pointless unless a finder has a QR reader downloaded.
5. Cat Tailer Bluetooth Cat Tracker
This tracking device is suitable for both large and small cats. Cat Tailer Bluetooth Cat Tracker considered the lightest and smallest Bluetooth device. The device emits a low-power wireless radio beacon that will communicate with your smartphone. If your pet leaves the device’s range, you will receive a notification when it returns to the range.
The model is completely waterproof, so it won’t break even if your cat dips into the water. The range is up to 328 feet on flat terrain. The battery can last for six months. The device is just over an inch in diameter and weighs about a quarter of an ounce.
- Tiny and light.
- Fully waterproof.
- The app interface is straightforward to use.
- Uses bluetooth technology.
- Range is up to 328 feet.
- Lightest on the market.
- This model can not provide your furry animal’s exact location, but rather just transmits its approximate distance.
The Best Without Monthly Fees
6. Findster Duo+ GPS Tracker & Activity Monitor
Findster Duo + GPS Pet Tracker helps you quickly locate your pet. This system includes a 1-year subscription (no monthly fee). The device tracks the cat’s location and monitors the pet’s activity, displaying a report on your phone in real-time.
Thanks to Findster MAZE technology, the owner can determine a location within a radius of up to 3 miles without the need for a SIM card or cellular connection. Besides, this tracker also allows you to determine the safe zone around your pet’s location. This device sent a notification to your phone if the cat leaves the permitted space. This system with real-time GPS tracking ensures that your favorite pet will always be supervised. Findster Care also gives you access to a personal veterinarian to monitor the well-being of your furry friends.
- Long battery life.
- Once connected, it can pick up your cat’s signal from up to 3 miles away.
- Doesn’t require a monthly plan.
- Works as a pet activity monitor.
- Accurate real-time location tracking.
- Range is up to three miles.
- Waterproof – Immersion up to 3-ft.
- Costs extra to purchase multi-pet bundles.
The Best Radio Frequency
7. Girafus Cat Tracker RF Finder
Girafus PRO-TRACK-TOR 227PA is the best solution to determine the location of your cat. This tracker’s distinctive feature is that there is no monthly fee or subscription for using the device. It operates on a secure 2.4 GHz radiofrequency. The weight of the cat module is only 0.28 oz.
The working distance is 1,600 feet, which is precisely enough distance to quickly find your cat. The silicone case protects the device from water splashes and dirt. The direction indicator in the base unit will show you the necessary path during the search for your cat, this technology significantly reduces the time spent searching for the animal.
- 1,600-Foot range is exceptional.
- Has a battery life of up to 30 days.
- High level of accuracy.
- No monthly fee.
- Range of up to 1,600 feet.
- The sound signal may frighten the cat.
*Ratings are formed by the author of the article based on own research and combined with customer reviews.
What is a Cat Tracker and how does it work?
A GPS tracker is an electronic device designed for tracking. The signal comes from a satellite, marking the exact location of the cat. The system works quite simply: a person sends an SMS command to the tracker and receives a response in the form of a point on the map. This module has a built-in battery, GSM communication module, GPS module, and ports for charging and SIM cards in microformat. These collars’ advantage is the low cost of purchase and easy operation via the app on your mobile phone. The disadvantage is that most manufacturers need to pay for data. 
The best cat collars allow you to configure geofences which limit the space that is safe for your pet. If the cat runs too far, a notification will be sent to your phone. There are many models of GPS collars. They may differ in minor features: water resistance, the presence of speakers and a microphone, and support for 4G. However, the leading role of all models is approximately the same.
For full operation, you will need to periodically recharge the battery. The advantage of this device is the complete absence of restrictions on operation and signal reception, the tracker with GPS can determine your cat’s location anywhere in the world. These modules also come in two types, removable and built-in collar. The removable tracker can be easily removed from one collar and put on another, but it has a larger size due to the removable design, which may not be very convenient for a cat. The built-in tracker has a compact size and will be more comfortable for the cat.
There is also the principle of RF operation (via the app). The chip is connected to an online monitoring system, which allows you to track the animal’s movements in real-time. These devices use a wireless electromagnetic signal that transmits information about your pet’s distance from your smartphone or the included receiver. The device is powered by a battery. The advantage of using this type is that there is no need for regular maintenance and recharging the built-in battery, small size, and lightweight, which is very important for cats. This weight is about 0.2 ounces, which allows the cat to wear it on its collar without obstacles. Even if you don’t have a smartphone with you, you can use the complete receiver to determine your cat’s location. 
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If your cat likes to walk a long distance from your home and is periodically delayed or in no hurry to return home, then a tracker with GPS will suit you. This tracker works at any distance from your smartphone and transmits information about your kitty’s location to it.
When purchasing these devices, you must take into account all the nuances that were listed above. The equipment model must be resistant to moisture and have a capacious battery. When it comes to a cat, you need a small compact gadget. Therefore, you should pay attention to modern GPS trackers, small in size, and excellent performance. 
It is convenient to use devices with wireless charging. Today, manufacturers produce beacons in the form of jewelry on the collar, which looks very aesthetically pleasing. Tags can be removed for charging without touching the pet’s collar. This is the easiest-to-use gadget.
Most models indicate the location of the cat with an accuracy of 16-30 feet. Less accurate gadgets give information with an accuracy of 300-600 feet. As you get closer to your pet, the information will be updated.
GPS trackers syncs with your smartphone using a unique app for iPhone and Android smartphones. Following the app’s tips, you will have no difficulty syncing the tracker with your smartphone to track your cat’s location. A simple tracker has its own receiver in the form of a remote and can also be synced with a smartphone. The set includes instructions with more detailed instructions for syncing.
The tracker also provides other useful information about the animal: speed and direction of movement. If the animal doesn’t move, the owner will see it. When the pet is running, you receive the speed information. The average model has a continuous operation period of about 50-60 hours. During this period, the owner will be able to find a lost pet and return it home. 
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Carefully place the device around your cat’s neck, ensuring that the Tractive logo faces outwards. Align the ends of the collar so they are directly overlapping. Use the clasp to insert it into the hole that fits your cat’s neck most comfortably. Pull the excess collar through the hole to make sure is it securely fastened.
GPS tracker keeps the battery charge for 20 days, after which it must be charged. A simple tracker is powered by a replaceable CR2032 battery, which has enough charge for up to one year of the tracker’s daily operation.
To use a tracker with the GPS module, you will need to buy a SIM card and buy a subscription for it to work. To transmit your cat’s location coordinates, a GSM signal is used as in a mobile phone.
Cats are usually territorial animals, but the cat may leave its territory for a while. It is for such cases that trackers for cats have been invented. You can quickly determine your pet cat’s location if its walk is delayed or something goes wrong.
We know the heartbreak of looking for and missing a beloved cat. … Cats seem to have a sort of homing instinct which in some cases has guided cats to travel hundreds of miles back to their home. Most indoor-only cats tend not to travel far.
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