5 Best Pet Tracking Systems
Today's pet tracking systems are so sophisticated that they can find your cat, dog, farm animal or even tortoise, on your property, at your neighbor's across the street, or clear across town. An investment in one can definitely ease that sense of powerlessness and fear that can overcome you when you've lost your pet.More importantly, a tracker can help you find your pet and possibly save your pet's life. There are powerful systems that come with a hefty price tag, but there are also less expensive trackers on the market too that work pretty well; it all depends on your needs.
While the technology is changing rapidly, there are still no standouts that are clearly better than the rest in pet tracking systems. Many of the dog trackers and cat trackers available today are very good but all have some limitations. In choosing a pet tracker for your dog or cat, you will need to choose which set of features are important to you. Here are 5 pet tracking systems that have the best reputations among U.S. and Canadian customers. They are listed from highest price to lowest.
The RoamEO Pet Monitor System is made by Pet Tronix and, without all the bells and whistles of the Astro system above, it operates much the same way - the system combining radio frequencies with GPS technologies. The tracking range is shorter than the Astro, and the RoamEO does not read altitudes, but most customers are very satisfied with the RoamEO, and they may not have the same concerns as those who use the system for hunting or mountain hiking. Pet Tronix gets high ratings for customer service, if there should be any difficulties with your unit. I like having a dedicated pet GPS tracker, which both the Astro and the RoamEO have. Check out more of the RoamEO Pet Monitor System here.
While it's debatable if the Loc8tor Pet is the "ultimate" wireless pet finder, customers do like it for its ability to find pets that hang out fairly close-by when they do leave home. The pet tags are small enough to tape to a tortoise's back, but certainly for a 10 - 12 pound cat, are not too heavy to weigh his collar down, and indeed, most customers appear to be cat owners. The system comes with 2 'homing tags, a small hand held locator, and some nick-knacks for mounting and hanging your locator (Customers advise against using these.) Use for two pets, or one pet and a set of car keys! Locate your Loc8tor Pet system here. If you have a much smaller dog or cat, the exceptionally small Loc8tor may be a good option for you.
Tagg - The Pet Tracker is a pet locator and an activity tracker, which helps you monitor your pet's health. The locator functions with GPS technology and works with any phone or computer with SMS capability, as it messages you by email or text and then enables you to find your pet on a map. Free apps are available for Android and iPhones even give you driving directions, but the tracking service is not free; it's about $8.00 a month, and you cannot use the system without paying that service fee.
Pet owners define the areas where their pets are 'supposed' to be, and whenever they leave that vicinity, they are alerted. Be alerted too to the fact that tracking is static, not continuous, like the Garmin or RoamEO systems. So you will need to keep asking it to track to get more recent information.
The collar attachments are lightweight but too large for pets under 10 pounds. The Tagg Pet Tracker is available here. (UPDATE: There is a new Tagg Pet GPS Plus coming in May and is available for pre-order now.)
EZ-find for Pets is really intended for close range searching, as it has limited - 60 feet inside, 100 feet outdoor - range. It purportedly does work, however, within those ranges, so if you have pets who like to hide, especially when they nap, this is the gadget for you.
The EZ-find for Pets is adapted from a general household system, so items such as keys, purses, sunglasses and other things that 'hide' may be added to the system. Unfortunately, as with most locator systems, the pet collar attachment is too heavy for pets under 10 pounds; but you could attach it more safely to a pet harness. The EZ-find for Pets is here!
In Britain, one of the favorites is the Retrieva GPS Pet Tracker, but I have not found it available in the U.S.
The Tractive GPS Pet Tracker is a device designed specifically to track your pets and it works well for smaller pets. It offer accurate real time GPS tracking (with a few minute delay) from your computer or your Android or iPhone smartphone. One interesting feature of the tracker is the Tractive Safe Zone which allows you to set an area where your pets should be, and if you pet leaves that areas, will notify you on your smartphone. Another nice feature of the Tractive is the light and beeper which can be activated to make it easier to locate your dog or cat, especially in the dark. There is an optional subscription service (currently $6.99 per month) that you can turn on and off at your convenience when you want to use their GPS service. Complaints about the system are about the short battery life of the system. It is also important that you have strong cell service to enjoy the features of this system.
When checking out the 5 best pet tracking systems available in the U.S., make sure you learn about the battery lives of each unit, so that when you purchase the units, you are backed up with the right batteries and/or charging unit.
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