Some cats like being outside, to explore the territory around their home on a daily basis. Other cats are indoor cats, that for one reason or another, escape outside and sometimes become lost. If you have an indoor/outdoor cat, that likes to frequently wander away from home; then it will please you to know, that there are a few technological options that can help you find her.

However, since the options that are available, employ different ways of tracking, it’s important to consider how the various types of tracking devices function, so that you can make an appropriate choice. This article will present the different types of GPS pet tracking devices available and explain how they work.

Things to consider when picking a tracker

  • Location precision
  • How frequent are the location updates?
  • Is it waterproof?
  • Weight & dimensions
  • Is it intuitive?

Cellular GPS Trackers

A Cellular Tracking Device typically comes with a Sim Card and a GPS Chip. The GPS Chip tracks the location of your pet, while the Sim Card allows the position information to be transmitted to your smartphone device. In order for this method to work, you will have to pay for monthly cell phone coverage—whether or not the tracking device is being used. Another thing to consider, is the fact that tracking info, can’t be sent in areas where your phone service does not have coverage.

The Way It Works

  • A transmitter is attached to the pet collar
  • The transmitter receives position coordinates via the Global Positioning System
  • The transmitter sends position coordinates to your cell phone
  • An app displays the location of your pet on a map

Please note that GPS coordinates will still be sent to the transmitter with or without cell phone service. However, if you do not have cell phone service, you will not be able to retrieve the coordinates.

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Radio Trackers

Radio Trackers are modules that typically have a bulky design and transmit information using radio waves. This type of tracker uses a transceiver to view the position of your pet, making it necessary for it to be with you all the time. Radio trackers do not require a monthly data plan. 

The Way It Works

  • A module is attached to your pet’s collar
  • The pet owner keeps the transceiver
  • The tracking collar receives position coordinates via the Global Positioning System
  • The tracking collar sends coordinates to the transceiver via radio waves
  • The module can also give the direction and proximity to the transceiver
  • The closer the module is, the stronger the signal strength will be

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Bluetooth Technology

Bluetooth technology has very a short range capacity—33ft./10m. or less. If your cat has a habit of wandering off too far, she may surpass the range of a bluetooth tracker. These kinds of tracker are more suited for stationary items—ie. keys.

The Way It Works

  • The module is synced with the smartphone
  • The module is put on the pet collar
  • An app assesses the direction and distance of the pet
  • Another person with the same app, can locate your pet and send the info

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Combined Technology

Trackers that mix technologies, do so to avoid the monthly fees of cellular data plan services. Findster Duo+ is a typical example of a tracker that employs two modules to avoid monthly payments. Findster Duo uses GPS tracking; however, in order to transmit your pet’s coordinates, it uses a proprietary technology—Maze—to send the data from one module to another. This eliminates the need to use cellular coverage, thus eliminating monthly fees. Findster Duo’s proprietary technology also allows for actual real-time tracking, with a 10 second refresh rate.

The Way It Works

  • A module with a GPS Tracking Chip, is attached to the pet collar
  • The module gets a tracking coordinate from the Global Positioning Service
  • The pet module sends the coordinates to the owner’s module—which acts as a hub
  • The second module sends the pet coordinates, to an app on the owners phone
  • Cellular coverage and sim cards are not required
  • The smartphone app is able to track your pet in real-time

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In conclusion, if you are interested in adding another layer of protection, that can help guard against losing a pet that likes to wander, pet trackers can be quite useful in that regard. Though GPS trackers are no replacement for pet collars and tags; with the right tech, you can pinpoint your pet’s location with in a set proximity. Hopefully, the above article gives you an overview of what is possible; helping you to choose an appropriate tracker, that can give you the ability, to keep a closer eye on your pet. Thanks for reading.