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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 12:12 pm 
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Bengal Kitten

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Hello does anyone use any type of gps trackers for their cat so you can find them when they go out.

Many thanks for any help/info


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 Post subject: Re: gps tracker
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:09 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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Yes, I use the Pod Tracker for my two. We've been very impressed with them and the customer service is also excellent. I've had a couple of replacement pods for my two as it is very much a work in progress. They come back to you within 24 hours even though they are on the other side of the world in Australia and are really helpful if you have any issues. They have recently changed the casing to make it tougher. My two roll around on concrete a lot which bashes them up but the new casing is definitely standing up to that better.

It has a few features, obviously you can look to see where they are, it records their activity levels, and you can record ' adventures'. So you can see where they go etc. There is also a safe zone, so you can set that and turn it on, and it will track them every 10 minutes. However it really uses up the batteries so I don't use it anymore. I just check in with mine about once an hour to see where they are. If they are home, that puts the batteries into a 'sleep' mode and they last longer.

I also have a Kaddz collar as a back up, but I haven't used it yet. I've got it as a spare at the moment, but I think it may be more suitable for jagger long term as he will stay out all day and will tell me if he's been stationary for a while, if he's napping or what the lighting is so I'll know if he might be shut in somewhere.

The pod is the lightest on the market I think, at 29g. There is a thread I started on this back in February after Hendrix went missing and there is a picture showing jagger wearing his. We changed them from breakaway collars to elasticated leather collars as they lost their breakaways regularly and I didn't want to be a nuisance to my neighbour's trying to find them!

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 Post subject: Re: gps tracker
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:18 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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I have the Pod Tracker for an outdoor cat, however, he refuses to keep a collar on and the Pod Tracker, I feel, is a little big and will be cumbersome around his neck. However, Clare swears by the Pod Tracker and got them when one of her kitties took an 11-mile ride in the back of a van and was missing for a few weeks. There are other trackers out there but most have a range of about 100 feet. The Pod Tracker will track anywhere -- even if your kitty swims the Atlantic Ocean. And you can set a range for them so if they leave that area, you are alerted.

It will be nice when they can finally have something as small as a microchip that can be inserted into the animal and tracked that way.


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 Post subject: Re: gps tracker
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:34 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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I imagine a cat that isn't used to wearing a collar would have an issue, but jagger didn't blink an eye. Hendrix had a stroppy few minutes, but he's stroppy about most things! Even he doesn't give it a second thought now. They're not that big, I wouldn't put it on a small cat or kitten though.

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Hendrix and Jagger, Brown Marble Boys (born 18 August 2013)
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 Post subject: Re: gps tracker
PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:28 pm 
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Have ordered a pod tracker. Will see how he gets on with it.


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