Hi all, I've got 2 cats and love going out. Recently they've been accidentally trapped/locked in someone's garage/shed a few times, although they have been retrieved successfully I can tell you that it wasn't easy.
So, with this in mind I've been thinking about a cat tracker, my friend recommended Miaufinder because it has no subscriptions and uses radiowaves. This doesn't mean much to me and wondering is anyone else has one, is it good? I don't know if there's an advantages/disadvantage of having RF, GPS, subscription, no subscription etc...
I've not come across the Miaufinder before, but it looks very promising (if a bit expensive). I tried the loc8tor, which is also an RF detector, but it had very poor range, and had to send it back. But that Miaufinder looks like it is a much better product. The quoted range of 1km is encouraging.
I've just ordered one of the Weenect GPS trackers, so will report back in due course. (Avoid the Pawtrack device - the company has gone bust).
As I mentioned in the thread that cs2015 gave above, we successfully use the Locator product but we have an older version from the one that is currently available. You do need to know roughly where your cat goes, if they are wide ranging then it can be a bit of a hunt. One advantage of this product is that our cats have learnt to come when we use it if they are in range as they can hear the beep.
It uses RFID technology & with batteries that aren't on their last legs then the range is around 600 feet. Like GPS, RFID can be affected by electricity supply such as pylons or sub-stations & this can reduce the range. If you are likely to be looking in wooded areas then this can also reduce the range but we've not had much problem even so.
We combined the Loc8tor with the GPaws GPS recorder so we got to find where to look for the cats. We have even found them indoors when we thought them out!
If you want a real time tracker which you can see from anywhere then you need a GPS one.
For one of our cats we have got the GPS system Pod2 from podtrackers. For us that works well.
As to subscriptions then I believe thus only applies to GPS real time trackers & is to cover the communication costs between the GPS device on the cat & the servers that will issue the command & record the locations.
I hope that helps jamesbob & sorry I can't comment on the miaufinder as I've no experience of that.
caz2golden: On walk today saw a dead branch hanging from a tree over a road. Probably been there a while but have not noticed before! Who do you report it too, tree would be owned by whoever has the field but the branch is over highway?
Sept 5, 2017 20:21:08 GMT
lotsofcats: I would report it to the local council's highway department.
Sept 6, 2017 12:51:54 GMT
caz2golden: sick of poor weather
Sept 10, 2017 14:09:19 GMT
scallywag: chucking it down here
Sept 11, 2017 13:00:00 GMT
caz2golden: Had the drizzle etc yesterday, today was windy which has blown a load of young Manx Shearwaters onto the beaches Dumped a load on the beach cleaner (think we were up to 10 birds) and then I found another so took that to a place of safety!
Sept 11, 2017 16:20:30 GMT
alfiemummy: I've been very lucky today - it chucked it down but only during my lunchtime!
Sept 11, 2017 17:19:03 GMT
scallywag: That was when I got soaked thru thunder hail and lots of heavy rain , Beau was dragging me home LOL
Sept 12, 2017 19:15:41 GMT
lotsofcats: We had very high winds during the night and I slept through it all but if Kobi had barked just once I would immediately be awake.
Sept 13, 2017 12:49:30 GMT
caz2golden: We had the same here Lotsofcats, except I was awake for fair part of it. We had intermittent power cuts too. Felt sorry for the raw pet food delivery man the next morning who was probably coming across a lot of downed trees etc.
Sept 15, 2017 11:07:04 GMT
caz2golden: Frustrating here today, one moment looks lovely but before you have chance to go out it is overcast and drizzling again. Must find weather window for a dog walk!
Sept 15, 2017 11:08:13 GMT
scallywag: It was lovely and sunny here till 2pm then just as I was also getting ready to take Beau out it chucked it down and still is My washing did manage to get dried thou
Sept 15, 2017 14:41:31 GMT
caz2golden: Was ok here today. Dogs enjoyed zoomies session on grass at end of lead walk today, even Sophie tried to join in, making me have to run to encourage her to run too! Madness! Only sorry I could not video it.
Sept 18, 2017 22:17:57 GMT
scallywag: Me toooo would like to see you running about Caz
Sept 19, 2017 10:38:25 GMT
caz2golden: Should have seen me today trying to keep Sophie on course on the beach! lol
Sept 19, 2017 20:00:24 GMT
caz2golden: Back to being drowned rat at work! Now home and warming up.
Sept 20, 2017 14:05:39 GMT
scallywag: What about today Caz it looked to be very wet over there in the West , we have had sunshine here with a breeze , clouding over now but then we are due rain around 5pm onwards
Sept 21, 2017 14:18:37 GMT
scallywag: Did you all get my PM ?
Sept 21, 2017 14:19:00 GMT