- REAL-TIME LOCATION TRACKING: Set up alerts and quickly locate your pet, whether they have escaped or are 3,000 miles away. Receive notifications if your pet's location leaves a designated safe area. Using AT&T nationwide network and Google maps.
- HEALTH, NUTRITION, & ACTIVITY TRACKING: Monitor activity levels, calories, distance, and activity, along with behaviors like licking, scratching, and sleeping to keep an eye on potential health problems. Get recommendations on food portions based on activity levels, breed, age, and weight. Email a 30-day report to your vet.
- 20-DAY BATTERY, BUILT-IN NIGHT LIGHT: Use the app to choose between 3 safety night light settings, slow flash, fast flash, or always on. The long-lasting battery goes up to 20-days on a single charge for your greatest adventures.
- CHAT WITH A VET. Your Whistle subscription gives you access to on-demand veterinary help through chat, phone, or email right from the Whistle app.
MY experience with this product so far is very positive. I have the sensor attached to my cat's harness, and she handles the weight with no problem (she's a little over 9 pounds). One think to note is that when your pet is within range of your home wifi, there is no location tracking function, even if outside your specified safe zone. The app just shows the pet is located at "home". Your cell phone location is always shown, as it's provided by your phone's gps. Once your pet is outside wifi range, you get a text alert, and a button appears to start tracking its location. If you select tracking, the light on the unit will start flashing, which I can see being a big help in locating your pet in the dark. It does take a few minutes (maybe 5 minutes or so) after leaving wifi range for an alert to arrive, which I wish was a bit quicker. But once tracking starts, it updates frequently (I have it set to update every 3 minutes I believe). The positions provided on the app seem to be accurate. Overall, the tracking works well, the app is nicely designed, and there are lots of additional features on the app, primarily related to your pet's activity level. When at "home", activity is tracked via wifi, which saves most of the battery for "emergency" tracking when needed, which is a very clever design. The Whistle is a great improvement over previous gps tracking devices I've used with my cat.
We have a kitty that runs around and explores outside and we use this every day to track him. We have already used it several times to pick him up before a storm when he wanders too far. We know just where to find him. The flashing light feature is wonderful too. It's so interesting to see where he goes and how active or lazy he is during the day. Worth the money in my opinion. The whistle brand collar didn't work because it was too big for a cat but this clips on fine to his regular collar, very secure, and doesn't seem to bother him at all. 12lb cat.
I feel after having this for a few months I can officially write a review.First, I got this amazing product for my cat. I moved in with my boyfriend into a house at the beginning of the year and he has two medium sized dogs who use the dog door to go potty. I also brought with me my two indoor only cats, who were about 6 years upon move in. We knew our biggest challenge was my indoor cats and the dog door. I knew I had to give in and let them be outdoor during the day when we were not home and bring them in at night where they could be locked in our room for bedtime with us, which would keep them safe from predators and allow the dogs to still use the dog door to go potty through the night. Everything was going great until my cats got out a little early one morning, at 5am but before the sun was fully up. And, it was the last time we’ve seen my girl cat. Devastated by the loss of my cat who was practically my child I sought after something that would allow me to find my other in case of him getting out or anything of sorts. I wanted to know where he was going and when. Insert the whistle....I was skeptical at first, in fact, I almost sent it back after the first week. I realized my cat stays mostly within range of our WiFi, so even if we can’t see him the whistle can’t find him if he’s close enough for WiFi connection. So I thought it wouldn’t work for us. But, luckily he generally comes to my whistle and voice if he’s that close. We decided to really stick it out and give it a try.He has accidentally got out a handful of times at night and usually out of range of WiFi. And, the whistle has done its job every night including tonight. If it wasn’t for the whistle my cat probably wouldn’t be home safe with tin 10 minutes of realizing he’s gone every single night he’s got out. The whistle alerts me when he goes out of range shows me right where he is ( our house is back against a trail that is dirt and people walk in but it takes you into trees) and it shows where I am so I know when I’m getting close. The minute I get a text he’s out of his allowed area I am able to turn on the fast flash ( I almost didn’t get this feature, if you’re getting it for a cat you NEED this feature) and I can spot the flash from super far away. And, we’ve done this so many times that when we get close to him he’s usually starting to run back home because he sees the flash. We believe he knows that means come home or we’re coming for him.Because, he’s in WiFi range for a majority of the day the battery last a week if not more before needing to be charge. ALWAYS fully charge it especially if you’re gone for a week. I made this mistake when we went on a week vacation to another state. We locked him in our room the entire trip so he couldn’t go outside at all as we wouldn’t be home and I didn’t want the cat sitter to have the responsibility of ensuring he was inside before sunset every evening. The last few days we were out of state I got alerts he was super far from home and the cat sitter who lives down the street had to come over and make sure he was here, and he was. The battery was just so low it started glitching. So that was a user error not a whistle error and it’s just a PSA for anyone who purchases it.I am so obsessed with this product and I cannot speak more highly of it!
I rarely write reviews but this is a good product. We bought the Whistle Go about 5 weeks ago to get notified if our little escape artist made a run for it. I didn't realize it tracked activity in the way a FitBit or Apple Watch does, in that it tells you if you're short of your fitness goal for your pet. It also notifies you about scratching, giving you alerts if there are increases or decreases in scratching activity.In 5 weeks, we only have had to charge it once, just a few days ago. Great battery.We ended up breaking a small plastic piece that attaches the back to the collar. The company covered the problem and are sending us a replacement. No hassle at all.Highly recommend this little device and the matching collar.
I love the Go and Explore Whistle. I originally got the Whistle 3, but since my kitties are far away from the wifi for a few hours a day the battery only lasted for ~2 days. I upgraded to the Go and Explore Whistle and it lasts much much longer. I got it 7 days ago and it is now at 20%. Will probably charge tomorrow, depending on how much she travels tonight.The app is extremely accurate. With the quick release collars, the collars sometimes fall off and I've easily found the the collar and tracker still attached. So recommend getting a more sturdy but cat safe collar. If they are not in by dark I go and find the kitties and bring them in. I've never had issues finding them, it's AMAZING! We live in an urban area which may help with it's accuracy.Our cats are 10 months old, 7.5lbs (pictured); 2.5 years old, 9lbs; 9 years, 9lbs.