Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: October 31, 2022 by Crystal Uys
This post is sponsored by Pod
I can’t imagine anything more heartbreaking than a cat getting lost. I’m a firm proponent that all cats should be indoors, but I also realize that keeping cats indoors can be a controversial topic. But even with indoor only cats, accidents happen, and a cat may slip out and disappear.
When Sebastian Langton’s best friend Rango went missing in Sydney, Australia, two years ago, Langton was devastated. After losing Rango, who Langton called “the coolest cat on the planet,” he was determined to find a way to prevent other pet owners from going through the same pain.
The idea for Pod was born. Langton wanted to develop the best pet tracker in the world. He and his team built a prototype, kicked off a crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $150,000 and generated massive global awareness.
What is Pod?
Pod is a small, light, real-time GPS tracker designed to attach to the pet’s collar. It will let you locate your pet on demand, monitor his activity and record adventures on a smart phone or computer via an app.
The app has some pretty unique features that won’t just allow you to track your pet, but also let you monitor his activity and fitness levels. If you’ve ever wondered just how much your cat sleeps during the day while you’re at work, this app will uncover her secrets. Alternately, if you’ve been curious about what your cats do while you’re sleeping, the app will answer those questions, too.
Since the app was originally designed to locate lost pets, it features a “locate now” button that will always tell you exactly where your cat is at all times.
Another unique feature is the “Perimeter Alert.” It will allow you to set customized safe zones and alert you when your pet has left a zone.
The Pod is the size of a wine cork, and only weighs a little more than one ounce. The rounded design attaches easily to any collar and there are no uncomfortable edges to bother your pet’s neck.
Sadly, the Pod came too late for Rango. Langton was notified by a note someone had pinned to a tree that said a person had found a beautiful tabby cat by the side of the road. “I’m not saying the Pod would have saved Rango,” Langton told the Daily Mail, “but it would have helped me make sure he was safe. It would have allowed me to find him straight away and be there for him.”
The Pod retails for $199 – a small investment for peace of mind.
For more information about Pod, and to purchase, please visit Podtrackers.com.
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Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.