Finding cats when you can’t
Having worked in the pet care industry for the last twenty years, our clients and anyone associated with our company will be aware of the importance of using microchips to help identify your cat/dog if they go missing. Indeed since April 2016, having your dog microchipped has been mandatory and anyone failing to comply with this legislation may face a penalty fine of up to £500.
Although cats are exempt they remain much-loved family members and although microchips allow us to identify our pets, they cannot help us find our beloved pets if they get lost.
When I heard about Tabcat, which comes with a directional handset, two lightweight homing tags and waterproof cases, I was keen to test it and I can honestly say it works!
Now I have three cats, two of which are cat potatoes and rarely venture out of our garden. Ed, however, loves to roam and when we lost her for almost a week six years ago, we were completely devastated and if like us, you have a cat that likes to wonder, this could be the ideal solution. I should mention that it was a temporary loss, for she returned after posting copious amounts of leaflets through doors and informing our local neighbours.
My main concern was trying to get her used to wearing a collar. Being a rescue cat, she was micro-chipped as a matter of course and therefore was unused to having anything around her neck, so getting her used the device has taken time, patience and a few of her favourite titbits!
We live in an extremely rural area, surrounded by woods, open fields and a forest, so it was not unusual for me to be shaking her biscuit tin each evening and calling her name like the local village idiot when she failed to return for her dinner.
Before using this device I had assumed that she was too far out of range and therefore did not hear me calling, but with Tabcat her position was easily pinpointed which showed that contrary to our belief, she rarely ventured too far from our home.
It is important that you follow the directions when first using the device, which activates a low beep when you press the locate button. This gets louder the closer she is and I am still using the same batteries that came in the box, proving that they are durable.
Since our cat has an allotted time outside of our home, she has learned to associate wearing the collar with going out, so we no longer struggle to attach it around her neck. We now know that her territory is much less than we thought and have discovered her favourite hiding places, much to her annoyance!
Although we have only been using this product for a couple of weeks, I would certainly recommend it to our clients. The batteries seem durable and the device is easy to use. I have always been impressed with its ability to locate our cat even in a garage, with a metal shutter, so it does seem surprisingly accurate.
Setting up the device took me approximately 20 minutes (assembly and syncing the unit to the the collar). The range states 400 feet but I have yet to test its full accuracy. In essence, however, I would say that it is reasonably priced and works PURRfectly. A product that I would definitely recommend.
For full details visit the TABCAT website.