Presence sensor on a cat (UK)

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(Nathan) #1

Hi guys and girls,

I have a cat that likes to go on long trips out and come back a day or two later. Sometimes we miss him coming back so it might be weeks before we see him. I would love to attach a presence sensor to his collar as we have 4 cats and a motion sensor wouldn’t work. Has anyone used a presence sensor. Are they too big? Maybe you guys could recommend a way of tracking his trips home. I am in the uk tho so my range of devices I can use is alittle limited

Thanks in advance
Nathan


(Jordon) #2

I’m not sure how many presence sensors there are out there. I only personally know of a cell phone or the smart things presence sensor. I would say it is not small like a tag but might work if strapped flush with the collar. But like I said it is a little big and you will notice it.
Another option could be to use a smart doggy door like the iris one from Lowes. They have trackers/RFID devices to unlock and lock the door. Someone was able to get it integrated into smart things with a code found here.

I hope this helps.


#3

How big is the cat? Unfortunately, most tracking devices are too big for animals under 15 pounds/6.5 kilograms.

Are you just trying to recognize when he comes to the yard so you can let him in? Because the range of the SmartThings – branded motion sensor is only about 15 m of your network. It’s quite lightweight, in part because it’s not actually doing anything except checking in with the smartthings hub, so a larger cat might tolerate it, but it’s not waterproof so a cat that is gone for several days maybe taking it into environments where it won’t last long.


#4

BTW, for technical reasons having to do with the different mobile phone systems, GPS trackers in the UK can actually be a bit smaller than the ones in the US. For that reason there are presently more choices of GPS cat trackers in the UK than there are in the US. :smile_cat:

The following article is a good 2017 listing of the more popular choices in the UK. Most of these will, however, have a monthly fee.

http://www.appcessories.co.uk/wheres-that-darn-cat-the-best-gps-cat-tracker/

Any system that can send a text or an email can be integrated with SmartThings through IFTTT, so you could certainly have a light come on in the house or something like that. But again, generally with a monthly subscription fee.


(Nathan) #5

Thanks. I think I might have to forget about using st and go with a Bluetooth trackr. That might work


#6

Unfortunately, the petsafe model which is compatible with SmartThings is not sold in the UK.

There are a number of RFID or microchip reader cat flaps that are sold in the UK, including some by petsafe/StayWell , but I don’t think they have integration possibilities. They just unlock the door when the correct cat arrives.

http://store.intl.petsafe.net/en-gb/doors/cat


#7

If you just want to detect the cat coming in range, then, yes, the Bluetooth devices will probably be smaller and it’s easier to find ones that are weatherproof. :smile_cat:

I’m not sure how will the crowdsourcing concept will work outside a big city, though.

Again, if you find one that has an app on the detecting tablet/mobile that can send an email or a text, you can integrate with SmartThings through IFTTT.


(Nathan) #8

Oh really. Cool. Well I found these that they sell in the us that use ifttt https://www.xyfindit.com/shop