Tabcat cat finder homing tag

Homing Tag

$29.99

Additional single Homing Tag for use with your Tabcat handset. Supplied with battery. Tag measures 1.3inch (Diam) x 0.2inch (D)

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Tabcat (RF) or GPS ?

As winner of the Sunday Times best GPS (dog) device a few years back we’re pretty familiar with GPS technology but here’s a quick few pointers why we believe GPS is NOT the right technology for cats:

  • 1. Too large – Obvious one to start off with but larger GPS tags are uncomfortable. Many state they can be used on cats but they’ve been designed for larger dogs not cats.
  • 2. Too heavy – Weight of anything around your cats neck should be kept to an absolute minimal. When you compare the Tabcat Tag at 6 grams / 0.21 ounces compared with GPS tags you can immediately see GPS tags are just too heavy.
  • 3. GPS Battery power hungry – The idea of being able to see exactly where your cat is on your phone is ideal. The trouble is in practice it doesn’t quite work like this. GPS is inherently power hungry so when trying to locate, you need frequent location updates (say every 10 seconds). Due to the limited size of the battery it’s easy for the battery to run out before locating. If GPS tags are actively used they’ll need to be charged up at least twice a week.
  • 4. Accuracy – GPS needs a sim card like you have in your phone to transmit its location. If there’s poor reception on that network, in that area GPS won’t report. Location also typically varies from about 8 metre to significantly more. As GPS works best outdoors often there can be a loss of signal when they’re indoors – not ideal if they’ve got stuck in someone else’s house / garage / shed. Lastly with some of the hiding places we’ve seen cats get into a greater level of accuracy is needed to pin point their location.
  • 5. Monthly subscriptions – You’ll tend to find they’ll be a monthly subscription to cover ongoing tracking costs. Compare the total costs over a 3 or 5 year period and you could be surprised
  • 6. How far does your cat really wander ? – Cats tend to be pretty territorial and whilst there’s the exception most stay pretty local to where they live as demonstrated in the BBC Horizon documentary. This can easily be covered by walking the area with your Tabcat and once in range specifically guide you to their exact location.

To sum it up - We understand the benefits for GPS, it’s a great technology and one we’ve sold but the specific requirements a cat needs – small, light, accurate and a reasonable battery life is just not available today with GPS technology. It’s why we offer a 30 day money back guaranteed so you can test / compare Tabcat at home for yourself.

This pack contains

  • An additional tag for use with your Tabcat handset, supplied with battery.

Key Features

  • Best performing homing tag of their kind available on the market.
  • Good range up to 400 feet (in clear line of sight)
  • Lightweight tags weighing only 0.2 ounces each. Also suitable for use with kittens
  • NOTE: Tabcat Homing Tags are not waterproof or water resistant. We recommend that you purchase our specially designed splash proof silicone tag cases, offering your tags greater protection against the elements, water damage and knocks, scrapes and bumps.
  • How do you register a tag to a handset?

    Place the tag you wish to register within arms length of the handset and ensure it is the only active tag in close proximity to the handset. Ensure the plastic strip has been removed to activate battery. To register the tag to button 1, hold button 1 down for three seconds or until you hear a beep. Repeat registration process for any other tags with the other available buttons.

  • How do you Un-register a tag from a handset?

    Press the right hand side button to switch on your Tabcat – the red status light will flash. Press the left hand side (volume) button and simultaneously press button 1. Hold both buttons down for three seconds or until you hear a beeps. Then release both buttons. This will un-register the tag paired with button 1 and allow you to register the tag to a different button or handset. Repeat this process holding down the left hand side button and button 2 to un-register tag associated with button 2. Repeat as necessary for buttons 3 and 4.

  • How do you change the batteries in a tag?

    Remove rubber bang going around tag. At the top end of each tag there is a hole which you can thread a lanyard through. At the opposite end there a small space you can insert the tag opening tool (included in pack) or small screwdriver. Insert into space and twist and tag will pop open. Replace with CR2032 battery keeping plus side face up. Replace the lid by lining up the lanyard hole and pressing shut.

  • What batteries do the mini homing tags use?

    Same batteries as the handset CR2032

  • Will tags owned by other people affect my Tabcat handset?

    No. Each tag is uniquely registered to your handset during a simple set up process. It is then not possible for other handsets to track your tags.

  • How do I attach it to my cat's collar?

    Making sure you've registered the tag to the handset first, insert the tag into the silicon case. You can now feed the collar through the silicon case to attach.

  • Problems registering a tag?

    If you have any problem registering the tag to the handset, open the tag as per the instruction manual and close the tag again. The tag will beep. Now try registration again.