#1 Whistle Go Explore Dog and Cat GPS Tracker
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Whistle Go Explore is a feature-packed dog and cat tracker with quick real-time tracking powered by Google Maps. Dog and cat owners interested in health features will love the Whistle app’s progress trackers, behavioral insights, and health recommendations.
- Automatic weekly wellness reports
- Fantastic battery life up to 20 days
- 3,000-mile tracking range
- No audible tone or sound feature
Not only does the Whistle Go Explore have an attractive, minimalist design, it has all the tracking, health, nutrition, and activity level features you need. Its nearly instantaneous real-time tracking is powered by AT&T and Google Maps. When you have “Track Mode” turned on, the Whistle follows your pet in real-time, updating every 15 seconds. Outside of that, you can choose to receive location updates at intervals of your choice. The actual tracker attaches securely to collars up to 1” wide in a way that is comfortable for the dog and cat.
It runs off of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can last over 20 days depending on your usage. The tracker has a built-in night light with three different flash settings — slow, high, or always on — that is perfect for visibility on night walks. Whistle provides fantastic activity, behavior, and health features through its app. You can view your pet’s active time, estimated calories burned, and more, which you can compare to recommended metrics based on your dog’s and cat’s breed, age, and weight. The app also offers weekly wellness reports and can give you insight into certain behaviors, such as licking, scratching, and sleeping.
#2 Garmin TT 15 Dog and Cat GPS Tracker
WHY WE LIKE IT: The Garmin TT 15 will give any pet owner peace of mind with its pro-grade high-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS receiver and antenna attachment. The device also allows you to communicate and train your dog and cat with vibrations and audible tones.
- Includes extended-range antenna
- Water-resistant to 10 meters
- 3,000-mile tracking range
- 10-ounce weight may be too heavy for small dogs and cat
Garmin’s TT 15 Dog and Cat Device is an extremely rugged, durable, well-built tracker that you can rely on in any condition. The tracker is a high-sensitivity GPS/GLONASS receiver with a range of nine miles. It mounts on an included 1” collar, though you can use any collar you like of the same width. The unit also has two antennas — an 18.5” standard antenna and a 22.5” extended range antenna. These serve the purpose of not only extending the distance of your tracking range but also ensuring more reliable tracking when traveling under trees or other obstructions.
This Garmin GPS dog and cat collar also has the ability to vibrate and play audible tones, which is useful for several purposes. You can use the vibrations to aid your training and as signals for the pets to return to you. The audible tones can be used this way as well, and come in handy as a signal for you if your pet wanders out of sight. The tracker also has LED beacon lights built-in, which is useful for walks at night.