PetTracer Review

UPDATED Oct. 2021
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PetTracer is a cat tracker that combines radio-frequency with GPS tracking to monitor your pet’s location both inside your home and in the great outdoors. It is also a perfect example of a device that comes with a built-in direction finder that can function even without GPS reception. 

Keep reading this comprehensive PetTracer review to learn more about this unique device and see if it works for your feline friends. 

PetTracer printscreen homepage

How PetTracer Works

PetTracer comes with high-precision GPS that allows you to monitor your cat’s location once he or she exits your home or area around your house. Furthermore, it is also equipped with an integrated direction finder that helps you locate your pet in closed spaces like rooms and garages.  

PetTracer does not come with a dedicated app so you have to track your pet’s whereabouts and activity through your personal account on the company’s online portal. The digital map will show your pet’s routes at any given time either in the form of a line or heat signature. If you track multiple cats, their movements will be marked with different (customizable) colors.  

PetTracer Design

The collar comes with all the necessary electronics required to track your cat and its robust design ensures longevity no matter how adventurous your pet may be. The collar weight only 34g, which is so lightweight even kittens can wear it the moment they grow into it. The collar comes with a nylon strap that allows you to modify the size of the unit. In other words, it is basically a one-size-fits-all product. Apart from the collar, you will also receive a HomeStation that can track up to 5 cats at the same time. Note that you need separate collars for every cat.  

PetTracer design pet tracker and cat

Weight is balanced evenly throughout the collar, which makes it very comfortable to wear. Its ergonomic shape even lets you attach it to your pet’s neck over thick collars. The official site states that the unit is weatherproof, which should mean that it can withstand rain and similar outside influences. The integrated white LED light will help you locate your cat in low-visibility conditions or at night.  

Finally, the PetTracer collar is designed to auto-release if your cat gets into any kind of trouble in order to prevent accidental suffocation.  

PetTracer Technical Specification

As we already mentioned in this PetTracer review, the collar comes with an integrated GPS module but can also utilize radio frequencies to engage its direction-finding function. This allows it to track your pet outside of your home but also in areas where GPS cannot reach, including your house, garage, apartment, and other enclosed locations.  

PetTracer for cat

The battery can last around 30 days, depending on the overall activity of your cat and your selected GPS position interval.  

PetTracer Features

In this section of our PetTracer review, we will go over some of the most important features offered by the PetTracer collar to help you determine if this is the right solution for you and your cat(s).

High-Sensitivity GPS

PetTracer comes with an integrated GPS antenna that enables you to monitor your cat’s location on your personal PetTracer account.  

Direction Finder

Apart from GPS, PetTracer also provides you with a radio-frequency direction finder designed to locate your pet indoors.   

PetTracer cat and map tracker on smart device

Durable Design

PetTracer is made of hard plastic with a tough nylon band for additional flexibility and comfort. This also makes it a one-size-fits-all unit so you do not have to think about sizing if you decide to purchase it.  

Lightweight

The unit weighs only 34g, which ensures optimal comfort regardless of the size of your cat.  

Safety Lock

The one-click safety lock will open the moment your cat gets into trouble.  

How Much Does PetTracer Cost?

The PetTracer set (GPS collar + HomeStations) currently costs CHF 198.00 and individual collars are sold for CHF 119.00. One Swiss Franc is worth $0.99 so the prices are marginally different when expressed in US dollars.  

PetTracer units, however, require a subscription. Here is a list of the available options: 

  • BASIC (12 months – CHF 108.00; 24 months – CHF 192.00; 36 months – CHF 252.00; 48 months – CHF 288.00) – PetTracer Set or a single collar 
  • PLUS (12 months – CHF 216.00; 24 months – CHF 384.00; 36 months – CHF 504.00; 48 months – CHF 576.00) – Up to 5 cat collars 

The subscription is NOT renewed automatically so there are no hidden costs or fees and you do not have to worry about missing the cut-off date and renewing your subscription without meaning to do so.    

PetTracer Pros & Cons

Knowing the biggest strenghts and weaknesses of PetTracer can help you decide if it is the right pet tracker for your furry friend. Here is a quick overview of its pros and cons.

Pros
  • High-precision GPS  
  • Radio-frequency direction finder 
  • Rugged and comfortable collar with an adjustable strap 
  • Integrated LED light 
  • Quick-release feature for extra safety 
  • Only 34g 
  • Up to 30 days of battery life 

Cons

  • Requires a subscription 
  • Min 1-year subscription 

Bottom Line

PetTracer is an interesting pet tracker with a couple of attractive features and a bunch of information the manufacturer failed to provide. For example, we do not know anything about the coverage of the unit and all of the mentioned features are explained vaguely and sound more like a marketing strategy than actual features. We also do not like the idea of a mandatory subscription in order to use the product.  

Bottom line, this PetTracer review revealed a decent albeit costly unit that can track your pet inside your home as well as outside. The official website needs some work and the features offered by the device need to be explained better and complemented with some additional information we would like to have before making a purchase and potentially committing to a 1-year (or longer) subscription.  


User Reviews (3)

PetTracer customer rating based on 3 user reviews.

The PetTracer reviews listed below reflect the opinions and experiences of real users and are in no way influenced by the company reviewed here. Before publishing each review, our team checks whether it was submitted by an actual user in an effort to prevent false or spammy reviews.

  1. Petros Liapis | April 10, 2021

    DO NOT BUY THIS, IF YOU LIVE IN AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT.

    I got the pettracer on recomendation few days ago. The collar was lost on the second outing of my cat. Last signal 50 meters from my house in London. There is very strong signal in the area and the device detected 8-9 satelites on set up !!
    On the first day the signal was spot on within 2-5 meters of the cat. I was actualy seen the cat heading towards the house on the app and I open the door for him !! Very impressed on the first day.

    My Russian Blue boy is on the large side of cats and his standard tag collar is that of a small dog and he never lost that collar. The pettracer ring fits hits neck very tight, and I used the black band which is very secure, thus making the whole collar very secured.

    Second day (10/04/2021) cat left the house early and at arround 9 AM I found him without the collar in the back yard. The dashboard shown that the collar was close to the house, no more than 50 meters in a straight line. I tried to find it but I couldn’t. Now there is no GPS or radio signal coming from the collar.

    Then I tried to make the station mobile and look for it ….. good luck if you can make that work. Now if you can make it work you realise that is not a beep.. beep… beeep….. beeeeep kind of tracker (like in the movies) where a loud beeeep tells you you are close …. NOPE !!! It is a one minute process. i.e. every minute the base is trying to locate the collar. A slow and battery draining process thus the power pack.

    Now the radio search works if there is a radio signal … as I said there is none !
    Last resort I send a message to pettracer and they replied back promptly within an hour. I was told this:

    “It looks like your cat lost the collar in an area that is currently out of the range of the HomeStation. As it’s still early days we don’t have much information about your cat’s territory that we can go on. You need to make the HomeStation mobile with a power bank/external battery. I have indicated some good locations to start the search, see screenshot attached.” … but .. but … on the screen shot they show areas well within range.

    So the collar last known location was 50 meters from my house …. and it is out of range ??? Pettracer claims this on their web site.
    The collar has a range of up to 1 mile. This works out to a maximum coverage area of approx. 3.14 square miles. However, the range greatly depends on the type of area you live in. The coverage is automatically extended with a second HomeStation, be this one you own or someone else’s HomeStation. ”

    So despite their claims, their best advice and help, is for me to go to a wild goose chase in London looking for a collar !!!

    So 8-9 satelites hovering above London and 1 mile radious claimed coverage and the collar lost within 50 meters but pet tracer can not help me.
    At that point I felt very bad for giving them £260 for a device that once is lost in an urban environment it can not possible be retrieved !!! Neither pet tracer has the means to do so !!

    But of course they do not say DO NOT USE IT IN AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT do they ? But now you know the truth, if you live in a city you better get your cat a standard tag collar with a very secure clip. Technology has not something special to offer to urban pets in terms of locastion finding.

    I learned my lesson the hard way and it cost me £260. Do not make the same mistake.

  2. Alejandro Ramirez | November 20, 2020

    It took me a couple of hours to set up but now Im over the moon my two babies can be out and about and I can track them from my phone. Make sure you ask for an inlay band! it was too big for one of my kitties and it should be tight

  3. Rahul | September 24, 2020

    Pettracer is the only collar that I would put on my cat as it has no mobile phone radiation as all other gps trackers. Some people are concern about the range, I get around 400m which is usually enough to track my cat but once you know how to make a mobile Home station with your power bank you can always extend the range. Had to do this twice to find a lost collar and was not a problem.

  4. John Rusell | July 20, 2020

    This is actually a great tracker and I can see where Toby is anytime. He is a Bengal cat with a small neck and he doesnt notice it. I found the support to be very good and if your cat has a small neck like ours you can ask them and they will send you an inlay foam that makes it fit better.

  5. Karl Evans | June 21, 2020

    Flawed gps system … please beware of this as it defeats this gps cat collar to find a lost cat

    This is how the system works ,as I questioned this after purchase ….. you can only see where your cat is if it stays in range of the base station. if the cat goes out of range of the base station the gps will still track it but will only tell you where the cat has been When it reconnects to base station when back in range . If the cat does not come back into range then technically there is no gps to find your cat . That’s the point of putting a gps collar on to find your cat , so basically this system only tells you where your cat has been once it comes home ….. it will not find a lost cat out of range

    It does state this on its web site under the WiFi question , it says you can loose your cat if your WiFi goes down

  6. ⁹andrew barker | May 24, 2020

    Totally fed up with this company, it’s been 3weeks since I ordered two collars and no show, I paid the subscription when I ordered so that’s pretty much a month gone already for nothing.

    Will be canceling subscription and claiming back my money.

    Oh one interesting thing is that they are not a UK company just a UK website which is a bit misleading.

    Try other products if I was you.

  7. Lisa Gunn | April 24, 2020

    Love pettracer so much. After trying many different trackers and wasting a lot of money I found one that works well. The battery doesnt last 30 days but almost two weeks for my fur baby.
    It now has an app for iphone which is the same as using the website map. They are still a small company and you can actually have a chat with them easily on facebook chat and on the email.

  8. David | March 18, 2020

    Brilliant tracker, have been using it for months to know where my little rascal goes. They now have an app too !

  9. tony kelly | November 17, 2019

    This is my first time using a cat tracker and as far as im concerned its really good.
    the collar is light and slightly soft and can fir cats with small necks,mine is 1 year and 2 months old and fits him just right if i tighten the strap.
    nothing is perfect with gadgets and only thing it needs is an app which they said is due out next year,however it works find using their web portal and i saved link to homescreen on my smartphone.
    i had trouble setting it up at first and support messaged me via facebook messenger on a saturday afternoon and we sorted it all out.
    its very light and battery lasts ok not tested it fully yet and ive had it on fast all the time.
    it does the job and im happy knowing where my cat is all the time.only downside is the subscription your tied into for one year.
    at 12.99 monthly from,.,it sounds expensive.but thats ok.
    def worth it though

  10. Ingrid 115 | May 27, 2019

    No app but you can look at the results on your account. The collar is not as sleek as it looked in the pictures but it works and does a decent job.  

  11. Mario Schwarz | February 14, 2019

    Ok tracker for the price I guess but nothing special. 

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