While we always advocate for the enclosing of our beloved cats, both for their own safety and that of wildlife wherever you might live, it’s not always possible to do so.
If a cat escapes accidentally, or whether you live on a farm property and allow your cat to get out and about to hunt rodents for pest control, knowing exactly where your cat is when you can’t physically see him brings enormous peace of mind. It’s also just plain interesting to keep track of what they’re up to when you’re not watching.
In the past, tracking your cat accurately (or at all) was difficult and expensive.
But with the wider availability of GPS enabled devices that are small enough, using this technology to track the movements of pets is now available at a cost that regular people like us can live with.
When it comes to cats, we need something lightweight and unobtrusive. Cats who have never worn a collar of any sort in their life can find it a strange sensation at first, but most become used to it.
Whether you plan to leave a tracking collar on permanently, or only use it when needed, the more familiar your cat(s) become with having the collar put on and worn, the sooner they’ll come to ignore it completely just like dogs do.
But it’s not only location monitoring that GPS trackers can assist with these days. Even mid-range priced devices have a heap of other features that turn them into fully fledged activity monitoring machines. One of the best uses of this technology is for cat weight loss!
Just like “step trackers” and the like that we humans can have as a smartphone app, a cat tracking device can not only give you GPS coordinates of your cat’s location, but also monitor how far they’ve moved, how fast, and some will provide more in depth details like speed of movement.
All of this can be used as a weight loss monitor (although the laziest of cats may not stress the system much).
Most good trackers can be connected to your smartphone, with many having an app that allows access to various features and statistics.
The features you need in a tracker though, will depend on your purpose for using it to start with. Just wanting to know where you cat is? Or is it going to be part of a weight loss program?
Things to Consider When Buying a GPS Tracker For Your Cat
- Distance it can track (tracking range)
- Statistical data it provides
- Is there a mobile app or Wifi connection available?
- Weight of the unit – can your cat comfortably wear it?
- Are there any monthly service fees?
Are Cat Microchips GPS Enabled?
There is no such thing as a microchip with inbuilt GPS. No. It’s simply not possible (or safe) with current available technology to implant a GPS-enabled microchip into our pets. GPS devices require power, and clearly we won’t be putting battery-powered devices into our cats and dogs.
So microchips are not cat tracking devices, but rather identification devices. There is no such thing as a cat GPS chip and is unlikely to be for the long foreseeable future!