5 Best Pet Tracking Systems
A missing pet is one of the worst situations we pet lovers endure. Having had a few guys go missing in my years of pet owning, that same sense of helplessness is triggered by even remote reminders of the possibility - like when my cat doesn't respond to his call for supper or my dog doesn't respond to a few commands to "Come!"
Today's pet tracking systems are so sophisticated that some can find your cat, dog, farm animal, or even tortoise, whether he is on your property, your neighbor's, or clear across town. An investment in one could save your pet's life and certainly quickly alleviate that sense of powerlessness that overcomes you in his absence. Powerful systems like that come with a price tag, but there are less expensive trackers on the market too; it all depends on your needs.
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.
Best Pet Tracking System No. 1: Garmin Astro 220 Dog Tracking GPS Bundle with DC40 Wireless Transmitter Collar
The Garmin Astro 220 is a good choice for farming, hunting, and hiking dogs, as well as pets that live in rural areas or on unfenced properties. It comes with its own collar that reads your pet's position every 5 seconds and sends it to your convenient hand-held GPS device, every bit as reliable as other Garmin GPS products, which displays detailed map information, including altitudes. The DC40 Wireless Transmitter Collar works in all weather; it combines a high sensitivity GPS receiver and a VHF antenna into one transmitter. For purchase at Amazon.com. (Update: A newer model is now available for less here.)
Best Pet Tracking System No 2: RoamEO Pet Monitor System
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.
Best Pet Tracking System No 3: Loc8tor Pet - Ultimate Wireless Pet Locator
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.
Best Pet Tracking System No 4: Tagg -The Pet Tracker Master Kit
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.
Best Pet Tracking System No 5: Ez-find! for Pets
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.
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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