Tab Cat, Safe & Found: A Review


If you’ve been following my little blog for some time now, you will know how our cat Boots used to go astray, at one point, she was gone for over a year.  We thought we’ve lost her.  We went from worry, to actually accepting that maybe it was meant to be, and wished her well.  Of course all the while she was living with that crazy cat woman, but then my husband found her, we moved away and as they say, the rest is history.

Does your cat like to stray just like Boots?  If you’re a cat owner like us, worry no more – Tab Cat might just be the answer for you.

What is Tab Cat?

It is a pet locator.  The pack comes with two Homing Tags and a locator handset.  It’s very easy to use.  All you need to do is activate the handset battery, register the tags you’re going to use on your pets, stick it in splash proof case and attach it to your pet’s collar.  Then it’s ready to use.


The pack comes with the locater, two homing tags, with two splash proof cases.  If you have more than two cats, you can order additional homing tags for them.

How far can you track your pet?

The range is impressive too and can reach up to 122m/400 feet (if the cat is on a tree).  But of course it will be less if you’re trying to locate them through doors or walls.  Just keep walking and searching till it picks up its signal again.

The Test

We tried it on Boots.  But the thing with our cat, ever since we moved, we’ve never had a problem with her.  She comes and goes as she pleases, and always comes back.  As mentioned on some previous posts, she seems to prefer to be indoors too, than the outdoors.  Ever since we moved, she’s a changed cat.


But T and I were still curious, so we put the Tab Cat homing tag on her, even though she was just taking a nap on the chair by the window.  We went out and pretended we were looking for her in the garden.  And of course, T was in her Belle costume, after all, that’s what you do on weekends right?  Wear ballgowns and go traipsing in your garden, pretending to be in search of your cat.


It made a few beeps, especially when T pointed it to a direction.


I told T to walk back towards the house.


The beeps became more frequent as we walked towards the house…


And as T stood outside the window, pointing to where Boots was lazily napping on the armchair, the beeps and the green light were out, signalling we were indeed very close.


 And then it went crazy, the beeps were louder and the green light was in full blast.  Little T said, “There you are Boots!  We found you!”.

Boots gave us a “You humans are weird.  You knew I was here all the while” look.  Yawned, and went back to sleep.

I drafted this post in the afternoon, by evening, when Boots went out for the night, before going to bed, my husband and I decided to try it out.  I pressed her assigned tag on the locator, it beeped, and then the green light came on, I called out to Boots, since I knew she was nearby and true enough, I heard her little bell and she came back in the house with us.  I’m really pleased it works.

We’ve put the other tag on Doc, since he’s the one who likes to go out and go galavanting through the fields and annoy the cows.  Let’s see what happens …

Would you be interested in using a cat-tracker or have you tried this before?

Do share.

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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


    • Our Boots has turned into a house cat, I’m really pleased about that and at least, we can use the tab cat once she decides to go astray again (like they all do). x

  1. That’s such a fantastic idea! Our cats are generally pretty lazy so don’t go
    far 🙂 Still, it would be so good if your cat was inclined to wander. I tend to worry a bit if my cats are gone for any length, it would be pretty good to be able to track them just in case! I love the picture of your sleepy cat 🙂
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    • Ever since we’ve moved, Boots seems to have changed and prefers just lazying around the house. I guess she approves of the new house then 🙂

  2. Glad you managed to find her the first time and since moving she likes home too much. At least you have the tags now should she wander again!

    • I’m just glad she likes our new home enough not to wander away anymore 🙂 x

  3. What a great idea! We’ve never had cats and one of the reasons is because I hate the idea of letting our pet out and not knowing where they are. This is such a good idea for cat owners!!
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    • Kids never like it when their pets go missing, T used to cry over Boots. x

    • Great for cats who like to stray. I’m glad ours is the opposite now. x

    • I never thought of using it on something else apart from a pet, but now that you’ve mentioned it, why ever not? I might just tag my husband’s wallet and phone. He keeps misplacing them 😉

    • Before having Boots, I never liked cats. Was always more of a dog-person, but now I think cats aren’t that bad 😉 I’m very fond of our little Bootsy 🙂

    • Thanks. Not that Boots goes anywhere far these days 😉 She’s a changed cat!

    • It would make a lovely present for all cat owners who are worriers 😉

    • Yes, this is perfect for cat owners who worry about their cats. Thank goodness, Boots has been turned into an indoor cat, although she does go out every day but comes home too.

    • I’m actually thinking of planting the tags on my husband’s wallet instead ; He keeps missing them!

    • I can imagine how warm it is in Dubai… Oh for the warmth, it’s currently feeling like autumn again here in the UK.

  4. Our Foggy is a total cat wanderer and goes off for weeks on end, coming home when it is particularly wet (cold doesn’t seem to bother him) or he has ticks because he has missed his tick treatment whilst gallivanting. We know roughly where he goes and in fact T and I saw him on Saturday as we drove past (7 weeks after he was last here!). He was mousing and looked really well. He is too far away for the tracker to work from home but it would pick him up were we nearer to his barn home … but I have to be honest and say I would not put a collar on him for fear of him getting caught on something. Were it chip-based though, that would be better for Foggy the Wanderer. #AnimalTales
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    • I wasn’t too keen on a collar either. But the one we put on Boots is supposed to have safety features. Plus the fact, that ever since we’ve moved, she doesn’t seem to be bothered much about the outdoors. Goes out for a while and then comes back in 🙂 Oh and she is of course, chipped.

    • Fair enough. Haven’t had to contact support so I can’t really comment on that.

  5. Nice review 🙂 I think they’re a good concept, there are ones that they market more towards dogs such as podtracker and tracktive but are great for cats. I think because you can track the cat on your mobile and see where they are going they might have a one IP on TabCat, but it sounds good nonetheless.

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