Aren’t a smart collar and a cat tracking collar the same thing?After all: They both attach to a collar and both track your cat. The short answer is NO, these aren’t the same thing. To understand why ask yourself: ‘What exactly is the collar tracking?’ The answer in a nutshell is:

A Cat Tracking Collar

This tracks the cat’s location using GPSBest For: This is great for the escape-artist cat that goes AWOL for days and worries you sick.These collars don’t give any information about the cat’s health

A Smart Collar

Smart Collars vs Tracking Collars for Cats: The PetPace Difference | PetPace

Smart Collars vs Tracking Collars for Cats: The PetPace Difference | PetPace

This monitors the cat’s health and activity levelsBest For: This gives an invaluable insight into your cat’s vital signs and activity levels in a species notorious for hiding signs they are sick. The most sophisticated smart collars can also tell you the cat’s position, such as sitting, standing, or moving around. However, they don’t pinpoint the cat’s location on a map.  When choosing between a smart collar and GPS cat tracking collar be clear on your cat’s needs before making a purchase.  

Which Type of Collar Does your Cat Need?

What are your main concerns? For example, an indoor cat rarely has need of a cat tracking collar. The confusion creeps in because of that word ‘tracking’. Most likely what your cat really needs is a collar that tracks their vital signs and activity, in other words, a ‘smart collar’. 

What Does a Smart Collar Do?

Smart collars measure the cat’s vital signs such as:
  • Body temperature
  • Number of breaths per minute
  • Number of heartbeats per minute
  • Activity levels
    Smart Collars vs Tracking Collars for Cats: The PetPace Difference | PetPace

    Smart Collars vs Tracking Collars for Cats: The PetPace Difference | PetPace

 This is invaluable for all cats, but especially pregnant mothers, cats with health problems, or the senior kitty.  For example, a diabetic cat is likely to drink a lot and visit the tray regularly. This pattern shows up on the activity tracker of the PetPace app. When the insulin dose is correct, the cat drinks less and is more settled, as shown on the activity log. This information will help your vet decide whether a dose adjustment is needed or not.  But be aware, not all smart collars give this degree of insight into a cat’s behavior and health. 

The PetPace Difference

 For many reasons, the PetPace collar stands head and shoulders above other cat smart collars.  It goes without saying the PetPace collar is comfortable to wear and won’t restrict your cat in any way. In addition, the quality of the data collected is trusted by vets and veterinary hospitals.  Indeed, veterinary professionals increasingly recognize the value of data collected from a relaxed cat at home. To this end, many highly respected Veterinary Faculties and Hospitals now use PetPace to monitor patients and further their treatment But you don’t have to hold a veterinary degree to understand what PetPace tells you. The data is displayed in easy to read infographics that can be accessed via an app on your smartphone.  Think of the PetPace vs other health trackers as the difference between a smartphone and a landline. One is a highly sophisticated handheld computer (PetPace), while the other communicates but without the flexibility.
Smart Collars vs Tracking Collars for Cats: The PetPace Difference | PetPace

Smart Collars vs Tracking Collars for Cats: The PetPace Difference | PetPace

GPS Tracker vs a Smart Collar for your Cat

Buy a GPS cat tracking collar for your elderly indoor cat, and you’ll quickly realize how rarely they shift from the sofa.  Fit that same senior with a smart collar, and recognize the difference between a pleasant catnap and excessive drowsiness due to ill health.  Tracker or smart collar? The choice is yours.