GPS cat trackers are not new but pet owners are now realising the potential of using these devices to track the daily activity levels of their pets.
These are essentially Fitbits for pets and can be used to help you see how active your cat is.
A good pet fitness tracker lets you monitor where your cat is, how much exercise they have done and how much time they’ve spent resting each day.
Fitness tracking is not something that is offered on all GPS trackers and the features can vary from device to device too.
However 5 of the best Fitbits devices for cats are:
1. Tractive IKATI
The Tractive IKATI device is an excellent all-round GPS tracker and activity monitor.
It is easy to use and gives you lots of information about what your cat is up to.
The device logs the activity of your cat and categorises it as either active, dynamic or lazy.
You can then see a percentage summary of how active, dynamic and lazy your cat has been each day.
You can set goals and your cat earns pet points for exercises.
One of the fun features on this activity monitor is the ability to compare your cat’s activity with your friends’ cats or with the public leaderboard.
The app can give you information about your cat’s daily activity, health and condition.
The IKATI tracker is designed to fit onto cat collars, it is small in size and light.
The device offers live location tracking, location history and a heatmap showing the usual places your cat visits.
The tracking is reliable, it can work over any distance and you can view historical data with ease too.
The battery can last 2 – 5 days depending on use.
This tracker does require a subscription but the starting price is relatively low.
- Weight & Size: 30g. 72mm x 29mm x 16mm. Designed for use on cats weighing 4kg+.
- Activity Tracking Features: 3 categories – active, dynamic and lazy. Leaderboard. Personal records. Pet Points.
- Battery Life: 2 – 5 days.
- Subscription: £3.75 per month for a 2-year plan (other options available).
2. Pawfit 2
This tracker contains a SIM and utilises cellular technology as well as GPS and Wi-Fi.
This helps to provide accurate location data for your pets but also means a subscription is necessary for the system to work.
The Pawfit 2 is one of the more thorough activity trackers, giving you a more in-depth look at your cat’s routine.
This device monitors your cat’s steps, distance travelled, active hours, calories burned and rest hours.
You can customise your pet’s goals any time and the app can also give recommendations based on your cat’s breed and weight.
With this tracker you will be alerted if the tracker is removed from the collar, if the surrounding temperature becomes abnormal or if your pet leaves a safety zone.
These features help to keep your cat safe wherever they go. The battery in the Pawfit 2 is designed to last up to 6 days.
The app supports Google Maps and allows for easily sharing data with vets/ pet communities etc.
A unique feature on this tag is that if the power button is pressed the tag will say your pet’s ID so if your cat is lost they can be safely returned.
- Weight & Size: 30g. 50mm x 34.9mm x 14.7mm.
- Activity Tracking Features: Tracks activities, gives customised fitness goals and rewards.
- Battery Life: Up to 6 days.
- Subscription: Minimum £3.59 per month.
The Weenect Cats 2 is another impressive tracker that gives you lots of information on your cat in a simple, easy to use app.
The app lets you view the distance your cat has travelled, the amount of time they have spent playing and the time spent sleeping.
This GPS tracker has no distance limit and allows for real-time tracking in 3 different ways (map, compass or radar).
A unique feature seen on this tracker is the ring option that will make the collar beep so you can use this to train your cat to know when it’s time to come home.
There is also an escape alert for when your cat leaves safe zones and you can view a territory analysis of where they spend their time.
The battery lasts up to 3 days so is not as long-lasting as other options but is still a good amount of time.
This is a good option if you have multiple cats you want to keep an eye on.
The activity monitor on the Weenect isn’t as thorough as seen on some of the other devices.
However, the tracker gives you plenty of information and lets you get to know more about your cat’s adventures, territory and behaviour.
The tracker requires a monthly subscription.
- Weight & Size: 25g. 58 x 23 x 10mm.
- Activity Tracking Features: Distance travelled. Time spent playing. Time spent sleeping.
- Battery Life: Up to 3 days.
- Subscription: Minimum £3 per month.
4. Findster Duo+
Findster Duo+ is an excellent subscription-free tracker offering pet activity monitoring.
This is soon to be evolving into Maven Pet.
Findster Duo+ pet activity monitor gives you stats on your pet’s daily and weekly activity levels.
This includes time spent walking, distance walked, paws walked (steps) and time spent resting.
As well as keeping an eye on your pets daily exercise, you can see where they have recently been.
This app lets you monitor up to 3 pets at a time and a built-in radar can be used to see where your pets are and it can guide you to their location.
This is useful for finding indoor cats or cats that are near you.
You can share your pet’s data with other family members or friends and you can set the tracker to alert you in certain situations, for example, if your cat leaves your designated safe zone.
The Findster Duo+ offers an impressive battery life of up to 7 days, alongside the Whistle 3 this is the best battery life of the listed trackers.
There are leaderboards that let you compare stats for activity categories such as distance as well as badges for reaching goals and milestones.
This can create some friendly competition between yourself and other cat owners, helping to encourage extra walks and playtime.
One of the things that stands out about the Findster Duo+ tracker is that it uses MAZE technology.
This is a unique communication protocol that is independent of telephone companies allowing a subscription-free tracker.
When Findster Duo evolves into Maven pet there could be some improvements to the system such as integrating a more veterinary orientated approach.
Access to a personal vet and having the vet also monitoring your pets data can help pick up any issues or identify areas for improvement earlier.
Being able to ask vets questions and voice concerns via the app could be a useful feature when it comes to your pets overall health and wellbeing too.
We are excited to see what this change brings, but there is a risk the new version of the tracker will require a monthly subscription fee.
- Weight & Size: 21g. 50mm x 50mm x 13mm. Recommended for use on cats 3.5kg+.
- Activity Tracking Features: Time spent walking, distance walked, steps, time spent resting.
- Battery Life: Up to 7 days.
- Subscription: No monthly fees.
5. The Whistle 3 Tracker
The Whistle 3 is a feature-rich tracker that attaches to your cat’s collar without getting in the way.
Once on the app, you can set fitness goals for your cat based on their breed, age, and weight.
The activity monitor tracks your cat each day and gives you a summary of the miles walked, calories burned and time spent resting.
The features are similar to a Fitbit tracker and the app can send recommendations that are tailored to your cat. You can also adjust the goals too.
The only downside to the way the activity measurements work on the app is that if your cat is exercising within a marked safe zone it will be monitored but won’t go towards the overall activity goal.
You also can’t specify what the activity type is or the intensity but this tracker will give you a good overall idea of how much exercise your cat is getting.
On the Whistle app, you can also set safe zones, see where your cat is and where they have been for the last 24 hours and check out their stats.
The device uses GPS, wi-fi and cellular service to track your cat and it does require a subscription plan to work.
The battery lasts up to 7 days which is better than most competitors.
You can also see the battery life of the tracker on the app which is a very helpful feature.
One of the things we liked about the Whistle 3 is that once you put in your pet’s details it can suggest how many minutes per day your cat should be exercising.
If your pet reaches their goals then they are rewarded with achievement badges.
- Weight & Size: 35g. 36.8mm x 46.2mm x 15.5mm
- Activity Tracking Features: Tracks distance walked, calories burned and time spent resting. Recommends fitness goals based on breed, age, and weight of the cat.
- Battery Life: Up to 7 days.
- Subscription: Around £6 per month.
Key Features To Look For:
When looking for a Fitbit for your cat consider the following features:
Size & Weight
Just as a Fitbit is a small, lightweight device for us the fitness tracker needs to be small and lightweight for your cat too.
The weight can vary depending on the chosen device; the smallest tracker listed weighs 21g and the largest weighs 35g.
Also, consider the size and the shape, you want it to be compact and comfortable for your cat.
The smaller the tracker is, the better for your cat but the smaller size will also reduce the battery life so try to find a balance between size and battery life.
There are two factors to consider when it comes to cost.
First, the price of the tracker itself and second, the monthly subscription fee.
Due to the technology used most of these devices require mobile data which is covered by a monthly subscription fee.
This can be just a few pounds a month depending on the plan you go with but it all adds up.
The battery life varies from device to device. Some can last almost a week while others last just a couple of days before needing to be put back on charge.
If the tracker records a large amount of data it tends to use up the battery quickly so you might find these fitness trackers don’t last quite as long as advertised if utilising all the features.
A longer battery life is convenient and also gives you peace of mind that the tracker will have battery power when it is needed most.
Seeing how far your cat has walked each day gives you a good idea of how active they are
Exercise Type & Intensity
A few of the devices have a way of separating the different types of activity so you can see whether your cat’s activity is coming from a leisurely stroll or more intense playtime.
Are they running around with the zoomies or have they been patrolling their territory?
There’s quite a difference between the two.
This feature isn’t as common as some of the other ones but can give you a more in-depth look at your cat’s day.
Some of the apps estimate how many steps your cat has done each day.
People who wear Fitbits love the step counter as it can be a good daily goal and easy comparison method.
Seeing how many steps your cat has done can be just as fun.
While only a rough estimate, knowing how many calories your cat has used up each day can help you ensure they are eating enough and getting the right kind of food.
Time Spent Resting
This lets you know how much time your cat has spent being inactive.
We like that the trackers work day and night so in the morning you can check the app and see how busy your cat has been while you’ve been asleep.
Most of the apps set customised goals for your pet to reach each day.
These goals may be suggested by the app based on the information you have entered about your cat or they can be decided on by you.
When your cat has reached their goals they are awarded with achievements.
These are usually fun badges that celebrate your cat reaching its latest fitness goal.
The achievements make it even easier to see how your cat’s fitness progress is getting on.
Of course, to be able to track your cat’s activity the device needs to be able to track your cat’s location.
This means you should be able to see your cat’s live location information as well as historical location data.
Extra features such as warm spots or territory analysis are great for finding out where your cat spends most of their time.
Geo-fencing is a useful feature as it lets you set up a virtual fence and then the app will instantly alert you if your cat leaves that area.
Other features that could be worth considering include having light or audio on the tracker that you can turn on if you are struggling to locate your cat but you know they are close.
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