Knowing where your pet is all the time can work wonders for a pet owner’s peace of mind. Tractive, a company that specializes in making tracking devices for pets, is just launching a new product for cats. While dog owners have quite a few alternatives to consider if they wanted a dog GPS tracker for their beloved furry friends, cat owners have not been as lucky until now.
A spinoff of the dog tracker, but for cats
Let’s face it. If your cat decides to take a stroll and come back a few days later, there is not much you can do. Felines are known to be independent creatures, which makes it so difficult to keep tabs on them. Tractive is interested in providing their clients who happen to own cats the same advantages as dog owners have.
So, at the last CES event, the company announced that they intend to launch a new model for dogs, and one for cats only.
How does the tracker for cats look like?
The tracker is integrated into a collar that your cat will wear. By the looks of it, it should not pose significant issues, since it only weighs 32 grams. It is well known that cats don’t take well to being collared, which is why you need to bear a few things in mind if you intend to purchase such an item.
Tractive offers a lot of information on the product they intend to launch on the market. First of all, the model looks comfortable to wear by a cat. That is paramount, as any cat owner knows. If your cat doesn’t like wearing it, then you know he or she will struggle to get out of it.
A breakaway collar
The design of this type of collar is breakaway, which means that you don’t expose your cat to the risk of getting accidentally choked by the collar, in case it gets stuck somewhere. The stuck collar will just remain there, while the cat will be able to run away.
What are the drawbacks?
As with anything new, there are some significant drawbacks to consider. For instance, if your cat can quickly get out of the collar, that means that the tracker will not achieve its purpose. The good news is that you will be able to recuperate it, and not just waste money on a new gadget.
On the other hand, you cannot opt for a non-breakaway model. For starters, because the company does not offer such an alternative. The other consideration to remember is that such collars can pose a threat to your cat.
Lastly, the price for the tracker and collar is expected to be around 70 dollars. Whether this cost is convenient for your peace of mind, it is up to you to decide. Most GPS trackers for pets are priced about the same, so at least you will know that you will not be paying more for being a cat owner.