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Tabcat Review

This pet tracker transmits a radio signal between the tag and a small receiver to keep track of your pet. You get a receiver, two 0.3-ounce trackers and two splashproof cases that attach to your pet’s collar, all of which are powered by batteries you will eventually need to replace.

Our Verdict

As its name suggests, the Tabcat is ideal for cats, though it can also work for very small dogs.

For

  • It is extremely small and lightweight for even the smallest of cats.

Against

  • The beeping might scare some pets.
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The Tabcat is a small, lightweight radio pet tracker best for indoor cats and dogs.

The Tabcat is a small, lightweight radio pet tracker best for indoor cats and dogs.
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The Tabcat receiver is about the size of a credit card and small enough to keep in your wallet or back pocket.

The Tabcat receiver is about the size of a credit card and small enough to keep in your wallet or back pocket.
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The Tabcat comes with a splashproof case for each tracking tag.

The Tabcat comes with a splashproof case for each tracking tag.
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The Tabcat tracking tags are only slightly bigger than a quarter and weigh 0.3 ounces with the silicone case on.

The Tabcat tracking tags are only slightly bigger than a quarter and weigh 0.3 ounces with the silicone case on.
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The Tabcat tag, shown here on Zumbwe, beeps when activated. Zumbwe didn’t react too strongly but did run around as if to get away from the beeping.

The Tabcat tag, shown here on Zumbwe, beeps when activated. Zumbwe didn’t react too strongly but did run around as if to get away from the beeping.
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The Tabcat receiver also beeps when activated, and the beeping intensifies in speed and pitch the closer it gets to the tag. Zumbwe didn’t seem to mind the receiver’s beeping much at first.

The Tabcat receiver also beeps when activated, and the beeping intensifies in speed and pitch the closer it gets to the tag. Zumbwe didn’t seem to mind the receiver’s beeping much at first.
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During our testing, Zumbwe got more stressed and concerned about the beeping tracker the longer it beeped and ultimately ran away from the remote.

During our testing, Zumbwe got more stressed and concerned about the beeping tracker the longer it beeped and ultimately ran away from the remote.
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After running around to escape the beeping tag and receiver, Zumbwe ultimately settled down but was still on high alert.

After running around to escape the beeping tag and receiver, Zumbwe ultimately settled down but was still on high alert.
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It can be a little startling at first, but the Tabcat receiver beeps with more intensity the closer you hold it to the tag.

It can be a little startling at first, but the Tabcat receiver beeps with more intensity the closer you hold it to the tag.
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The Tabcat tag and receiver both beep to help you find your lost kitty.

The Tabcat tag and receiver both beep to help you find your lost kitty.
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For testing, we hid the Tabcat tags around our lab in various locations and took turns finding them using the receiver. We were able to find them every time.

For testing, we hid the Tabcat tags around our lab in various locations and took turns finding them using the receiver. We were able to find them every time.
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We try to have fun when we can, and playing little games of hide and seek with the Tabcat was pretty entertaining.

We try to have fun when we can, and playing little games of hide and seek with the Tabcat was pretty entertaining.
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We spent about half an hour hiding the Tabcat tags around our lab in progressively harder and harder places to hear, like this box. The seekers still found them quickly every time.

We spent about half an hour hiding the Tabcat tags around our lab in progressively harder and harder places to hear, like this box. The seekers still found them quickly every time.

This pet tracker transmits a radio signal between the tag and a small receiver to keep track of your pet. You get a receiver, two 0.3-ounce trackers and two splashproof cases that attach to your pet’s collar, all of which are powered by batteries you will eventually need to replace. You sync each tag to a button on the receiver, and when you press the button, the tag will beep continuously while the receiver beeps faster and in a higher pitched tone the closer you get to the tag.

We tested the other pet tracking devices like the Marco Polo and the Trax Play by driving around town and noting their accuracy; then we put them on a dog and went on a hiking trail to test accuracy and durability. Because of the Tabcat’s unique design, we tested it differently from the others. The packaging and online materials say it should work while your pet is up to 400 feet away, but we laid down measuring tape on one very long sidewalk and found it only worked well at about 100 feet. The remote would beep occasionally as far back as 200 feet, but never consistently or in a way that would tell us which direction to keep searching.

Because the Tabcat tracker and receiver both beep, we also conducted something we’ve lovingly named the “cat freakout test.” We attached the tracker to two furry felines, one known for being very amenable and the other known for being a little skittish. This wasn’t the most scientific of tests, but neither cat was very upset by the beeping. One ran around the house as if trying to get away from the beeping, which could be useful if you were looking for a hunkered-down feline. The other cat simply meowed a lot, so overall these trackers weren’t traumatizing.

Within its short range, this tracker was very accurate. We took turns hiding the tags around our offices and then finding them following the beeps of the tags and the receiver. We found them every time. This tracker is ideal for finding a cat that likes to get lost in cluttered barns and garages or disappear behind and underneath furniture.

The Tabcat comes with a two-year warranty, just in case something doesn’t work. While this tracker isn’t ideal for every pet owner, it’s great for small indoor animals that don’t stray very far.