Cats run away for all sorts of reasons. Whether that’s defending their territory, meeting and greeting the neighborhood cats in heat, or chasing down prey. Even your indoor cat might just make an escape attempt or two. (Especially with all the extra foot traffic around your house around the holidays.) So if you’re a cat parent who wants to make sure that your feline friend stays safe and sound, then a GPS cat tracker is the purr-fect tool for you! Let’s start with 5 reasons to get your cat a GPS cat tracker.

1. A GPS cat tracker lets you see everywhere your cat roams.

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Do you have a curious adventure cat? Is your little hunter roaming the neighborhood for hours or even days on end? Do you want to see what your furbaby gets up to when they’re not by your side?

It’s now possible to see everywhere your cat goes with the help of a GPS cat tracker. Check on where your cat is in real time, or view their location history in the map. Find out if your feline stays close by, spends most of their time hiding or sleeping, visits a friendly neighbor or chases their prey – and curiosity – for miles.

While most cats stay within a 2.5 acre radius of home1, a GPS cat tracker can allow you to discover your cat’s favorite spots. Like, for example, if your outdoor cat tends to favour the same hunting spots. Or where your cat tends to hide away when they’re sick.

Tractive’s Location History recently helped the San Diego Feral Cats Coalition rescue a litter of sick kittens – and reunite them with Mama cat. Tractive’s Heat Map function helped the community members pick up where Mama cat had deposited each of her kittens. So they could find them, take them in, feed, clean, and de-bug them – and find the kittens a forever home.

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2. You’ll never have to worry about losing your cat again.

Most pet parents know how scary it can be when their beloved furry friend goes missing. You might have already lost your cat once or more often before.

15% of cat parents lose their cats in a 5-year period; some are never found.

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With a GPS cat tracker, the days of worrying about your feline friend going missing are over.

Cattery owner and trainer, Clair Chesterman

“Tractive is the #1 cat GPS tracker in the industry. And it’s the highest quality cat tracker you can find. I was able to set the safe zone as my house area and once my cat gets outside I get an alert right away.

In fact, it probably saved my cat’s life that time she chased a bird and got lost. She was scared and I was able to find her with the help of the GPS tracker. Tractive’s chip frequently calculates your cat’s location and is updated on the map every 2-3 seconds. Furthermore, the LED will help you guard your furry friend at night.”

– Clair Chesterman, Owner of CFA and CCA-registered cattery and fostering company, FluffyMeowPaws

Just make sure the small cat tracking device is charged, turn it on and attach it to your cat’s safety collar. Then you can let your cat out with peace of mind, knowing where they are at all times. So if your cat doesn’t return home for dinner, you can easily switch on LIVE Tracking to see where they are and bring them home again.

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3. A cat tracking device could save your cat’s life.

The benefits of a GPS cat tracker go beyond being able to track your cat for fun or peace of mind. A GPS cat tracking device could actually save your cat’s life. Being the makers of the world’s most trusted GPS trackers for cats, we’ve heard stories aplenty of cats being saved from life-threatening situations thanks to their GPS tracker. Take Oscar’s story for example:

“On Tuesday, August 20th, Oscar jumped into a car and was thrown out 19 km from home. Then I got the message that he had left his safe zone and I panicked because I did not recognise the street names. I could see his panic as well because he was running around.

A friend and I jumped into the car and drove to the city where he was. We found him, exactly where his Tractive showed us. A happy cat jumped into my arms.

Me, a happy owner, cried and felt so joyful because of the Tractive around his neck. Otherwise, we would not have found him.

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Since GPS works all over the world, you can find your cat virtually everywhere – no matter where they go missing. Outdoor cats living their best lives face dangers – including predators, other cats, injury, disease, toxic plants, cars and even just places where they could easily get stuck. If your cat comes into harm’s way, you’ll be able to find and rescue them in life-saving time with a GPS cat tracker.

4. You can keep your cat in good shape, too.

Is your cat carrying around a little extra pudge? A saggy belly is a sign of an overweight cat. As a loving cat parent, it’s important to keep an eye on your cat’s Body Condition Score. With the Tractive GPS Cat Tracker, you can monitor how much time your cat spends moving or sleeping, how many calories they burn, and more.

Plus, compare your cat’s activity with others in your friends circle, neighborhood, breed group or the world of Tractive GPS users. Enjoy a friendly competition with them for the cat-tastic purpose of keeping your feline friend in tip-top shape.

Vets also recommend tracking your cat’s activity to stay on top of any health issues. Cats are notorious for hiding signs of sickness or pain. In fact, they’re more likely to hide away from you to manage it by themselves. At which point, it might be too late and their condition has worsened.

But with your cat’s long-term activity data, you can more quickly and easily catch on to a dip or a spike in their regular movement. Which can help you get them to a vet before they get worse.

Here’s how a pet parent picked up on her sick cat’s condition from their Wellness profile:

“With the Tractive GPS, I found out one night that she’d only made one little trip to the park, slept all night – and didn’t really do much during the day.

So I decided to check her up to see if she was sick – or had something else going on. When I picked her up, the pus oozed over my hand from the abscess bursting!

An outdoor cat exploring a garden with Tractive's Activity monitoring features in the foreground

Without Tractive, I wouldn’t have noticed it at all. I would still see her walk around to drink and feed and think everything is okay. I might only have noticed when I didn’t see her stroll over for a whole day.

At which point, she’d probably have been dangerously sick.

We went to the vet a few hours later – she had a serious fever, a big abscess, and was pretty sick already. So we got it in time.

A whole week of antibiotics – and now she’s herself again.

Tractive is also very handy for when you need to give your pets their medication. All I have to do is check where she is and call her over to give her the antibiotics.

– Cissy V, Netherlands
Sebastian Raab, Product Manager at Tractive

“It can be easy to miss out on changes in your dog’s or cat’s regular activity – or just if they’re on the move more or less than usual. So we’ve set up Activity Degradation alerts for when your pet’s active minutes drop significantly. They can help you intervene in a situation where your pet might be struggling with an infection or even just pain.”

– Sebastian Raab, Product Manager at Tractive & occasional pet-sitter

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5. Stay connected to your feline friend at all times.

The final reason to get your cat a GPS cat tracker? It helps you stay connected to your furball at all times and strengthens that special bond with your feline. Here’s how:

  • Your cat’s gone missing? Find them ASAP with LIVE Tracking.
  • Your cat’s playing in the backyard while you’re inside? Set up a virtual GPS fence and get notified if they roam too far.
  • Need help searching for your cat? Share your cat and the tracker’s position with friends and family.
  • Want to find your cat but they’re hiding indoors? Find their hiding spots with Radar Mode.
  • You’re away from home and want to make sure your cat is fine? Open the app and see their current location anytime.
  • Lost your cat in the dark? Enable the Light & Sound feature to find your furry friend at nighttime.
  • Wonder what your cat does all day long? Get insights about your cat’s behavior to better understand your feline friend.

Always keep your feline friend safe – with a dedicated cat GPS tracker

Losing your cat can be a terrifying experience. But imagine the peace of mind coming from knowing you can track where they are – with just a glance at your phone?

Here’s how Michel and Anja found their adventurous outdoor cat, Nala, who’d wandered away one evening. With a little help from Tractive’s LIVE Mode, they tracked her down quickly at an abandoned house nearby.

A cat wearing a Tractive GPS tracker outdoors

“We went into LIVE Mode and…ran towards the location Tractive GPS had pinpointed. We came to an empty house that was still under construction.”

 At that point, we had already given up hope and thought that we were never going to be able to find her. So, out of desperation, I shouted out her name.

“And she responded! Nala started screaming as soon as she heard our voices...our little furball managed to pull it together and we finally took her home. After a little comfort food and some cuddling, her world had been restored to normal.

“We are both so very thankful that this day – after a few hiccups – had such a happy ending. The fact that Tractive GPS even worked inside that empty house completely saved us and really turned this thing around. I love Tractive for keeping our cats safe.

And here’s how the new Tractive GPS CAT works in the video below:

So there you have it, 5 reasons to get your cat a GPS cat tracker! What would be YOUR reason for getting a GPS cat tracking device?

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See where they are in real-time, no matter how far they go. Get alerts if they roam too far home. Find out where they’ve been and discover their favorite spots. Let others track with you.

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P.S. You might also like James Davis’ review of the Tractive GPS Tracker for Cats on Hepper

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