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No more lost cats or collars!,
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This review is from: Loc8tor Plus - Portable Tracking & Homing Device (Accessory)
I've just bought the Locator Plus for keeping track of my two cats after having used the Loc8tor Lite for the past few weeks.
My cats only wear breakaway collars (recommended by my vet as opposed to the elasticated variety which can prove dangerous if the cats get caught in trees etc..), but their breakaway collars were coming off in other people's gardens that I sometimes couldn't gain access to. As a result, I was in danger of running out of spare tag options because a maximum of only 4 tags can be registered on the `Lite' version at any one time. The `Loc8tor Plus' solves that problem as it can register up to 24 tags.
The wonderful thing about the Loc8tor units is that my cats are now trained to come to me when I try to locate them. A couple of days before they were allowed out, I would set the tags on their collars to locate by selecting the `locate' option on my Loc8tor that their tag is registered to - their tag beeps and flashes and I would give them a small treat initially. They soon began to cotton on, associating a treat and come running to me when their tag beeped, even when they happen to be in earshot of the other cat's collar beeping instead of their own!!
I now use the Loc8tor to get them in for their meals and night time.
As my cats have only just started going outside, they are naturally inquisitive about investigating sheds, garages or any other similar places where they might become trapped. On one such occasion, their second day of freedom, one of my cat's tags wasn't picking up a signal but on walking around my local area, eventually her tag began to register. She was found stuck 30 ft up a tree miaowing pitifully and had to be coaxed down! Now in such instances, I feel happier knowing that I don't have to worry unnecessarily as there is a chance that I might be able to find them.
I haven't been able to track the cats or lost collars to the maximum distance range stated by both units yet because where I live there are so many fences, trees and properties in my area which cut the range down. However, that hasn't prevented me finding all the original and spare lost collars numerous times (one 5ft up a conifer tree and even in a 5 inch gap beneath a raised shed!), by pointing the Loc8tor towards the front of the properties' grounds that my cats might have frequented. It's also a great way of meeting neighbours in my surrounding area - five different lots up until now who have so far been really helpful as well as amazed at how clever the Loc8tor unit is when it tracks collars down in some very obscure places!
I must also recommend specifically the `Loc8tor Pet Splash tag covers' which can be bought seperately and slide easily lengthways onto their collars, providing a rubberised waterproof jacket for the tag. This has proved invaluable for one of the lost collars which I couldn't access for five days in someone's garden. By the time I got to it, it had rained for several days, a fox must have gone off with the collar and left the partly eaten splash tag cover, but the tag inside remained unscathed and is still working today!