More Accurate than GPS Trackers | Works Inside & Outside | Lightweight
NEW Homing Tag v2
NEW & IMPROVED – Version 2
Our RF-based technology offers much greater range than ‘keyring finders’ and much greater accuracy than GPS trackers.
Simply attach the lightweight (under 5 grams) tag to your cat’s collar and you can quickly locate it using the credit card-sized slimline handset. A splash-proof cover (supplied) protects it from the elements and from any knocks, bumps or scratches.
Activate the handset and it sounds a series of beeps, with colour-coded lights to show you when you’re getting close – red for far away, amber for closer, and green for really close.
Pack of additional Homing Tags for use with your Tabcat handset.
Ranges up to 182m/ 600ft (based on a clear line of sight) guiding you to within 2.5cm / 1inch
Audio beeps on Tag to help train your cat to come home on demand
Flashing LED to help retrieve when dark (Use with Clear Case)
Lightweight Tag weighs 5 grams – Suitable for cats and kittens
Supplied with batteries
Pack includes 2 Homing Tags (excludes Silicone cases)
NOTE: Not Compatible with previous models, only Version 2 (V2). Tabcat Homing Tags are not waterproof or water resistant. We recommend that you purchase our splashproof protective silicone cases to protect Tags and attach to your cats collar.
2 Years Manufacturer’s Warranty
30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Need help registering your tag? Watch our video now.
TAG SIZE : 3cm (H) x 2cm (W) x 0.9cm (D) / 1.18in (H) x .79in (W) x 0.35in (D)
NOTE: Tags and Handset not compatible with previous models, only Version 2 (V2).
This pack contains
2 x additional lozenge tags for use with your Tabcat v2 handset, supplied with batteries.
Best performing homing tag of their kind available on the market.
Good range up to 182 metres / 600 feet (in clear line of sight)
Lightweight tags weighing only 5 grams each. Also suitable for use with kittens
NOTE: Tabcat Homing Tags are not waterproof or water resistant. We recommend that you purchase our splashproof silicone tag cases, offering your tags greater protection against the elements, water damage and knocks, scrapes and bumps.
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.
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 then let go. Repeat registration process for any other tags with the other available buttons.
Alternatively, have a look at the process in video.
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 or the button tag is registered on. Hold both buttons down for three seconds or until you hear a beep. Then release both buttons. This will un-register the tag paired with that button and allow you to register the tag to a different button or handset.
Alternatively, have a look at the process in video.
How do you change the batteries in a tag?
Put your thumbnail, or a flat tool, at the end of the Tag by the lanyard hole, into the split line (line going around the middle of the Tag). Keeping your thumbnail / flat tool in the split line move it around to the middle of the long side. The Tag will pop open.
Replace batteries with new ones keeping the plus side facing up nearest the lanyard hole and plus side down furthest from the lanyard hole. Replace the lid by putting one long side in first then pushing shut. If the battery is correctly inserted the Tag will beep when the case is closed.
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.
What batteries do the Homing Tag v2 use?
They use x2 SR1130, LR1130 or any equivalent battery that size. They can be purchased from most supermarkets or stores that would sell batteries.
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 silicone case. You can now feed the collar through the silicone case to attach.
Alternatively, have a look at how its done in this video.
- Using the silicone case to protect the tag
- Removing the tag form the silicone case every three months to extract cat hair from the case and inside the tag.