Cat TrackerJuly 2, 2019
Cat Tracker The 7 most important things to consider before buying a GPS tracker for cats! 1: Size Matters! The most important thing about a GPS tracker for cats is the size of the device. It must be small enough
The 7 most important things to consider before buying a
GPS tracker for cats!
1: Size Matters!
The most important thing about a GPS tracker for cats is the size of the device. It must be small enough for the cat not to be disturbed when playing and light enough so that the cat will not notis that its there.
2: Live tracking
The tracker must give realtime location. So when most GPS Trackers update location few times every hour, our tracker updates location ever 5 seconds when you turn on “live tracking”. In this way, the tracker can save battery when location is not needed and send you live updates when you need it!
2: GPS cat Collar
Since all Cat trackers needs a collar, its important to understand that your cat needs a collar that will self open if your cat gets stuck. Otherwise the collar might strangle your cat. If you lose the GPS cat collar and have a GPS tracker attached to it, its easy to find it again since you have the GPS location.
3: Light and Sound
Your cat might hide or get trapped making it hard to find even when you are really close to it. It might be under the porch, have climbed inside something or its just dark outside. Then the light and sound comes in handy. Also if the cat loses its collar or you forgot it someplace indoors, its becomes much easier to find when you can follow the sound.
4: Long battery life
The battery needs to last a minimum of 2 weeks, even if your cat comes home every day. Because suddenly your cat goes missing and at this point you really need the tracker to work. Most cat owners overestimate their ability to charge the cat tracker every day, where they might end up with not getting a location when they desperately need it.
Test winning GPS cat collar!
It helps if the GPS tracker for cats that you want to buy have crushed all competitors in several tests! Like our Tail it pet tracker have done. In this article below, the reporters cat where stuck in one of the neighbors swimming pool and was close to drowning during the test. Luckily the cat had a GPS tracker for cats on its collar, so the reporter found his cat before anything happened.
Our Tail it Pet tracker have won several tests, both for cats and dogs. You can read about all of them on our pet tracker product site.
5: WI-FI Location
A GPS cat collar doesn’t work indoor. It needs a line-of-sight connection to the satellites, so if you’re indoors it will not show a GPS location. But in some trackers, a WI-Fi chip is included which will triangulate the WIFI routers in the area. This will work together with the satellites. Every router has a physical address, and triangulation between this addresses and satellite locations is what is shown in your map.
You will not know where in the house your cat is, but you will see that it’s in the house (or close enough to get your houses WI-FI connection). From there you should be able to use a sound and light function to pin-point exact location. If you want to learn more about how a GPS tracker operates in terms of positions, check out our GPS Tracker article.
6: LBS Location
LBS location is showing you locations based on telecom antennas local base stations (lbs). This is a back-up location for when your cat is out of satellite coverage and out of WI-FI coverage. If its hiding inside a tube in the ground or under a bridge with no signals at all. Then you will still get an area location called LBS, showing you in which area your cat is located. Light and Sound will also be very useful in the case you receive a lbs location.
For more information and in-depth explanation about GPS, WI-FI and LBS location tracking you can see our article about GPS Trackers which will link to further up in this article.
7: Multilingual APP
Cat owners comes from across the globe, so having a software you can use that is easy to understand and use is very important. A great mobile tracker app that keeps every action of the pet tracker in a single place, so you can easily use it wherever you’re from, without much “tech” experience. English might not be your strongest language, or the app providers strongest language, which might lead to barriers and misunderstandings. Look for a device which has an app that supports your local language, and it will become much easier to use your cat tracker!
Feedback from cat lovers
In the developing process, we got several external cat enthusiasts to test our trackers. We received feedback that the option of sound and light was a must have feature. Cats often hide if they get scared or injured, if it’s dark, it can be almost impossible to find the cat, even if it is only 15 feet away from you. In the Tail it mobile tracker APP you can easily turn on a light or play a sound on the tracker by just tapping the light or sound button it the map. This will make it a lot easier to track down your missing cat even if it’s trapped or hiding somewhere. You can check out the Tail it application today. Available for both iOS and Android!
Important with an exact location!
Most GPS collars for cats comes with a default refresh rate. Normally, these sequences are between 1-3 minutes, and the device automatically updates on your mobile phone. The problem of updating position with such sequences, is that the device selects the update technology that drains the battery. A well-used technology is LBS that updates location using base stations. This gives an accuracy of 1,2 miles. WI-FI location will provide accuracy of 220 yards, while GSM will provide accuracy of 15 ft. This allows the location to jump back and forth on the map, using the different technologies to update the location, especially if the device is located in a poor WI-FI and GSM coverage area. However this method reduces the battery life dramatically to a maximum of 2-3 days.
In the Tail it cat GPS tracker, the device will only update the location when you press “update location” in the app. In addition, we have entered WI-FI home so that it does not update the position when the tracker is home. This means that our GPS for Cats, does not use battery, as long as you do not ask for its location. This is the main secret behind our long battery life. It’s a little more complicated than this. We are constantly working on improving the location software and battery saving. ‘Tail it” are proud to be supported by the “Research Council” and the “Innovation Norway” in this product developing.
Now with Live tracking!
Our GPS for cats also has features like “live tracking”; that let you see the current position of the device “live in the map”. When we say “live” we mean it too. Our cat GPS tracker updates every second so you get a real-time image of where your cat is. This function can be activated from the Tail it App, you can easily turn on and off the live tracking at anytime. It will however use more battery, as long as “live” is activated in the app. That is why we have programmed the GPS for Cats to go “live” for 5 minutes, before you have to give your approval to exceed this time limit. This is as an additional security for you as a user, and super useful in emergency situations.
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