The Case of the Missing Collar from The Dash Kitten Crew

Call the missing Tabcat tracker! We originally received a complimentary Tabcat set from Loc8tor for review. This update and its opinions are 100% our own, and we are responsible for the content of this post. We only share news and products we feel are relevant to our readers. 

The Case of the Missing Collar – a Case for the Missing Tabcat Tracker?

What the heck happened??? OK, Let us tell you the story!

A collar went missing, no big deal you say, except it was outdoors girl Natasha. She was wearing a collar from our friends the Cool Cat Collar Company with a Tabcat tag attached! So, of course, Mum had to go into the garden (Natasha’s stamping ground!) and find it! It turned out to be a useful learning experience, and we thought we would share what we learned while searching for our Tabcat tag.

Tabcat Tracker collar and tag

On the trail with the Tabcat Tracker!

We knew from our original review of the Tabcat, that it is great to help find a missing feline, but could we find the smaller tag on its own?  Our garden backs on to tree filled bush, and a stream flows beyond it. Not the easiest of places to find a collar and tag, as you can see in the video of Natasha’s playground! It seemed the ideal way to put our Tabcat through its paces ‘in real life’……..

The handset. Each button is for a different cat, or object, you attach a tag to. The showerproof protectors can be seen on the right. Natasha’s had a grey cover.

Tips We learned When Locating a Tag

Our experience hunting for Natasha’s tag, and finding it, has allowed us to note tips we found helpful. While these refer to our cat, they can alos be applied to any inanimate item you have attached a Tag to.

  • The key is to start calmly and quietly. Take a breath. Scan around you carefully, until you get a signal. 
  • NOTE Be patient, be quiet, and listen to your handset.
  • When you start getting a signal, walk in that direction. Stop and correct if your signal begins to fade.
  • When you reach a full set of lights on the handset, stop and look carefully around. The object of your search is nearby.
  • It took us a few attempts to locate our tag on its own. Why? Because it was not attached to a cat, or other large object!
  • With patient searching, we found our tag and collar. 

If you need a full demonstration of what the Tabcat actually does, check out original video below to see the cat tracker in action.

Tabcat Cat Locator 

There is a difference between doing a well staged ‘demo’ as we did for our review, and genuine ‘in the field’ use. You are not looking for camera angles to make sure readers get a clear message, you are searching in real time for a real object. This is why we took the decision to do a second ‘update’ post on our Tabcat.

We hope you enjoy Natasha’s video, we had a lot of fun making it.

Silver Kitten
Tabcat and Tech Editor

Dash Kitten Silver Kitten the Business Cat

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  1. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    July 14, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Wow, Natasha, you did a great job of finding the craziest place to lose your collar! 😀 You truly put the Tabcat tracker to the test! Glad your mom was able to find it! Loved your videos


  2. Shayla

    July 14, 2017 at 4:25 am

    That’s really handy! We have dogs around here, and they are always taking each other’s collars off when they play, and it makes me crazy! It would be nice to have an option to try finding the collar our pets loose outside!


  3. Sweet Purrfections

    July 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    How interesting that you had to use the app to actually find the collar and the Tabcat tracker! Glad you were able to find it. We don’t wear collars, so we don’t know how we’d ever use one of those.


  4. sherri

    July 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    I like the idea and if it tracks far could use it on the dog too. But it needs to stay on to be effective. I’d hate to find my car’s collar but not my cat!


  5. Tenacious Little Terrier

    July 13, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Real life testing is key! Could it be used for small dogs as well? I want to get Mr. N a tracking collar.


  6. Happy-Go-Doodle

    July 13, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    What a fun video with a happy ending! It’s a joy to see the scenery and watch your sweet kitties. And the music is so upbeat! Love it!


  7. Loti Hilliard

    July 13, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    The new video was great – a real situation is always the best way to demonstrate a product like this. How long will the signal last on a lost tracker?


  8. Ruth Epstein

    July 13, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I love these trackers that have come out with, it makes our life so much easier and more relaxing in many ways. Your story brought a smile to my face and the video was awesome, thanks for sharing


  9. Sarcastic Dog

    July 13, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I LOVE this! So many great advances in technology that are benefitting pet parents! I really appreciate your follow up tips on how to actually use the tracker in a real life situation. Glad you found Natasha’s collar 🙂


  10. Beth

    July 13, 2017 at 7:46 am

    My cat is an indoor only cat and he is pretty easy to find. However, I know a cat who is always worrying his family. He once spent an entire weekend in the closet because the cat sitter had accidentally locked him in there. She looked everywhere (or so she thought) to no avail, so his humans came home early from their vacation to look for him. Something like this would have been wonderful to have!


  11. Shelby

    July 13, 2017 at 7:33 am

    That’s so cool! I love love love that they have things like this these days. 😀 Will tell my cat friends about this.


  12. The Island Cats

    July 13, 2017 at 5:23 am

    We got to try out the Tabcat as well. It’s a nifty thing…though we hope we never get lost and have to really put it to use.


  13. Debbie

    July 13, 2017 at 5:18 am

    So glad you found it! Losing a collar is so frustrating. We’ve lost a few over the years. This sounds like a pretty good solution!


  14. Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens

    July 13, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Fabulous post. I am familiar with this product and it does a great job for finding your kitty!


  15. Kamira Gayle

    July 13, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Love Natasha’s video and following her favorite play spot. This tabcat tracker is not only handy but very functional and useful. You clearly demonstrated why it’s a great product. Thanks for sharing.


  16. Cathy Armato

    July 13, 2017 at 4:30 am

    What a great Follow-up post Marjorie! It certainly is an effective tool for finding both Pet & collar. Good to have because collars & Devices like this can be costly to replace!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them


  17. Paroma Chakravarty

    July 13, 2017 at 4:25 am

    That is such a nifty way to ensure that your kitties are safe! Loved the video too


  18. Lola The Rescued Cat

    July 13, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Mommy says I need one of these because I’m always taking my collar off. But if she gets one I won’t be able to hide it anymore!


  19. Aimee J

    July 12, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    So was it like treasure hunting with a metal detector? Cause that sounds way more fun than just yelling my dogs name through the neighborhood.


    • Dash Kitten

      July 12, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      You bet it is. Thanks, your comment had Mum is fits of giggles!!


  20. Hairballs and Hissyfits

    June 22, 2017 at 10:57 am

    great review!! I might have to get one for Amarula!
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  21. Valentine

    June 22, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I loved your videos and review! There are times when Mom can’t see me even when she’s looking right at the chair I’m sitting in. She says my black fur sometimes makes it hard to spot me under low light levels. Silly Mom. Maybe I need to get her a Tabcat so she can find me. And say, can I come play in your backyard?! It looks so beautiful!
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    • Dash Kitten

      June 22, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you Valentine. I hope Mum is feeling better.


  22. Basil

    June 21, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Hiya Dash Kitten Crew, what a brilliant post [we still have our Tabcat Tracker to review! Oops!] thanks fur all the invaluable tips, we’re sure it will help the P.A. when she does finally get around to it!

    We loved the video safari, totally brilliant, thanks so much fur sharing <3

    Big hugs

    Basil & Co xox
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  23. da tabbies o trout towne

    June 21, 2017 at 3:49 am

    guyz….what a grate product and post and we gived yur moovee 984 paws UP !!!!! yur yard iz bee yond awesum….how kewl ewe haz yur veree own wood land N streem; fish less, but a streem none de lesss !!! 🙂 🙂 😉 insert heartz XXX


  24. Brian Frum

    June 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    That is quite the product and we really enjoy the video tour of the lost and found!
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  25. Sweet Purrfections

    June 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    You are a brave kitty climbing over that water on that tree branch.
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  26. Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles

    June 19, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    How cool that you were able to easily…after a fashion…find it back!


  27. erin the Cat (Princess)

    June 19, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Excellent real life situation update. I loved the first review, but knowing and seeing it works for you in practice is a real plus.
    Great video, looks like you had to work really hard to get into that bush.
    Definitely a paws up from me.
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  28. Summer

    June 19, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    My human really could have used this with her soul cat, who was indoor-outdoor and always losing her collar! She did it so often that my human kept extras in a drawer so that when she showed up bare-necked, she could just slip on a new collar immediately.
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