Whilst outdoor cats have a greater chance of going missing, indoor cats are not totally excluded from those missing pet posters. Indoor cats might escape through a forgotten open window or slip through the front door. If this happens, it can be distressing to think of your cat being lost, especially if they are not familiar with the outdoors.
1. Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor
The Whistle 3 is hands down the best GPS tracker on the market. It has access to nationwide AT&T coverage to and uses advanced GPS and cellular technology to pinpoint your pet’s location anywhere in the USA.
The high-performance Whistle 3 app allows you to pinpoint your pet on a map so that you can easily locate your cat and bring them home if they go missing. You can also monitor their daily activity, ensuring that your cat is getting enough exercise and identifying any changes in their energy which might require a visit to the vet.
The device itself is relatively lightweight, weighing around 28 grams, although it is not recommended for pets weighing less than 8lbs and therefore isn’t suitable for kittens. It’s durable, waterproof and attaches to any collar or harness up to 1” wide. It can go anywhere with your pet, even in the rain.
2. Loc8tor Pet Handheld Finder Locator Cat
Technically this is not a GPS tracker, but we felt it was worth including because of its excellent features and great reviews. Super lightweight and compact, the Loc8tor tracker is the smallest of its kind. It weighs only 5 grams and so is less likely to bother your cat than some of the bulkier GPS trackers.
The Loc8tor comes with 2 mini homing tags, which you affix to your cat’s collar, and a credit card sized handset which will detect whether you are getting close to your cat. The tracker works with a range of up to 122 meters/ 400 feet. It even works through walls, doors and fences which is essential if your cat is trapped in a shed or garage.
Because the Loc8tor doesn’t actually use GPS, there are no subscription fees and you are not dependent on having service to work. The disadvantage is obviously that you need to be within range to track your cat.
3. Egmy GPS Mini Pet Tracker
This mini tracker might be a bit fiddly to set up, but it works well once you’ve overcome that hurdle. It uses a sim card (not included) to track your pet using GPS positioning, accurate to 10-15 meters. The advantage of this is there’s no subscription fee and you can choose a network that works well in your locality, rather than being tied to another network.
4. Tagg GPS Pet Tracker- Dog and Cat Collar Attachment
The Tagg tracker one of the leading GPS pet trackers in the USA, despite its high price point. Tagg uses advanced GPS and the nation’s largest wireless network to help you to find your cat, regardless of where they are.
The Tagg device attaches onto your cat’s collar and, so they shouldn’t notice it too much. It’s engineered to withstand your pet’s daily activities and is durable enough to survive any knocks or splashes. Having said that, due to the bulkiness and 45g weight of the tracker, it isn’t recommended for pet’s under 10lbs and would not be suitable for kittens.
The tracker is linked to the Tagg GPS Pet Tracker App for iPhone and Android smartphones. You can receive alerts via text and email as well as locate your cat on a map.