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Best Cat Trackers for 2020

A lot of the pet trackers out there are made with dogs in mind, which to be frank isn’t fair on our feline friends.

So, if you want a GPS or activity monitor for your kitty, there is a slightly more difficult search on your hands. It needs to be smaller and a bit less ‘detectable’ so they don’t try to take it off. It may also need to reach further distances and put up with pretty active cats.

Luckily, we have done the hard work for you and found the best cat trackers on the market available to buy online. There may not be many, but there are the ones which passed the test.

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    Our Top Picks

    Image Product Details
    Loc8tor Tabcat Cat Tracker
    • Radio Frequency technology picks up home and outdoor location
    • Includes waterproof covers for tags
    • Two tags with the purchase
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    Tractive IKATI GPS Cat Tracker and Activity Monitor
    • Flexible rubber clip to fit any collar
    • Heat map location history
    • Worldwide coverage
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    Kippy Evo
    • Generous battery life
    • Built-in night torch
    • Can see activity levels over time
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    The Top 10 Cat GPS & Activity Monitors Reviewed

    1.
    Loc8tor Tabcat Cat Tracker

    Got a cat who loves to wander that little bit too far and test your nerves? Maybe you are wondering just where they are going for hours on end, assuming they have either found a second family or a group of fellow nerve-testers?

    The Tabcat cat tracker can track your cat up to 122 metres (400 feet) in clear line of sight and guide you right into their location within the accuracy of 2.5cm. Cats tend to not wander too far away from home anyway, so chances are that they will be pretty easy to find.

    But the absolute best thing about this tracker? You get a little control pad, and while you can’t direct them back home, you can press a button which emits a ‘beep’ sound from the tracker. With time, you could train them to come back when they hear this – if they know they’re getting treats, they will likely come running.

    Features

    • Radio Frequency technology picks up home and outdoor location
    • Includes waterproof covers for tags
    • Two tags with the purchase

    Specifications

    • Weight: 6g
    • Power: Replaceable Battery
    • Range: 122m

    2.
    Tractive IKATI GPS Cat Tracker and Activity Monitor

    This GPS system can show the live location of your cat in the free Tractive GPS app on your smartphone or in your web browser, with location updates every 2-3 seconds, making it pretty accurate.

    But, as well as telling you where they go during the day, it can also tell you how active, lazy or calm they have been. So, if they have been outside and come back a bit quiet, with high activity, you know something has happened such as a catfight or they have got in trouble.

    You can see their location history, so may be able to work out where certain issues have happened. It will also help you out if you have been told to increase their activity levels by a vet if they are adding on weight, and simply playing with them at night can give their activity a boost.

    Because it uses GPS, there is a pretty unlimited range, and it can also allow you to set up a virtual fence so you receive alerts if they wander too far from home.

    Subscription is required for GPS function.

    Features

    • Flexible rubber clip to fit any collar
    • Heat map location history
    • Worldwide coverage

    Specifications

    • Weight: 30g
    • Power: Rechargeable
    • Battery Range: N/A

    3.
    Kippy Evo

    Able to locate adventurous kitties with the use of GPS, GSM, WiFi and Bluetooth systems, this Kippy EVO is great for night owls.

    An integrated SIM gives you the data needed to be able to tell where they are, and you can set up a virtual fence which will alert you if they venture a bit too far. Perfect for cats who usually stay close to home and going too far is a sign something is up.

    Indoor tracking can also be done via WiFi, and it also gives a summary of their activity levels throughout the day. Simple graphics keep the summary basic, and you can compare over a large time frame in case you have to make some changes.

    If you set up personal goals, you can get Vita messages straight to your phone to keep you updated. One extra touch we like is the built-in torch, which is perfect if they are out at night and need to find their way home, or if you want to be able to locate them in the dark. Just turn it on via the app.

    You need to take out a subscription for the GPS services, but it is under £5 per month. Also, note that it is only good for cats over 4kg.

    Features

    • Generous battery life
    • Built-in night torch
    • Can see activity levels over time

    Specifications

    • Weight: 38g
    • Power: Rechargeable Battery
    • Range: N/A

    Buying Guide

    Weight

    Cat GPS systems and trackers should be as lightweight as possible.

    Cats are not as heavy as dogs, but a tracker which is too heavy could also make them uncomfortable or unable to navigate properly, including when needing to stay balanced if jumping or walking along fences etc.

    Look for something under 40g, but the lowest you can go, the better. Be aware that some of the heaviest models may only be suitable for cats over a certain weight limit.

    Power

    Obviously, trackers have to be powered by a battery. But this can either be rechargeable or replaceable.

    Which you prefer will be a personal preference. Rechargeable ones will need to be charged every day or two, and while there is no guarantee how long replaceable ones will last, it can be around one year.

    Think about your cat – if they are free to go out at night, or go out for long hours, a rechargeable one may be impractical.

    Range

    For many GPS trackers, this is pretty unlimited and certainly will cover however far your cat goes. They use local signals to alert your phone and keep it updated.

    But trackers which use other forms of signal, such as Bluetooth, will likely have a limit, so you will have to think about how far your cat goes and whether this is practical.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    Will a tracker fit onto my cat’s collar?

    A tracker made specifically for cats should yes, and this is another reason why ones made for dogs is not appropriate.

    They have to not only be lightweight but also clip onto a thinner, less wide collar. Many cat collars are also made from soft cushioned fabric whereas dog collars are usually stronger.

    Can a tracker come off?

    If properly fitted, the tracker shouldn’t come off the collar. You will have to ensure your cat is comfortable wearing it, however, and won’t try to pull or paw it off.

    One issue could be the loss of the tracker if they lose their collar, but if the tracker has battery life left, you may be able to locate where it is. Hopefully, at this point, your cat will have returned home which is how you realised they are without theirs!