Cat Gadgets Reviews

Can I Use AirTag for Cats? Review and Alternatives

Cat and Airtag
Written by Clair Chesterman

Though the Apple AirTag is not designed to be a cat monitoring device, it may surely be used as one. While AirTags are getting popular with cat parents nowadays, Apple does not recommend using AirTags for cats.

Because it’s a popular solution among cat owners, I used AirTag on my cat to see what all the fuss was about.

I found the device unsuitable for cat use after testing it.  Personally, I don’t like it (and neither does my cat) and would not suggest it to fellow cat parents. Check more in my review below.

Size and Dimensions

Since AirTags are designed for tracking non-moving items, putting them on a moving object like cats can be a bit challenging.

When I tried using the AirTag on my big cat, I did not like how it fit on her. She felt uncomfortable and had a hard time moving. She tried to take it off several times. It could be even worse for smaller cats.

AirTag Real-Time Location Accuracy 

I tested the AirTag both indoors and outdoors on my cat. It was quite inaccurate outdoors but good enough when used inside our house.

My biggest concern though is safety. One time, the AirTag came off and I was able to locate it in my backyard but my cat is not there. Luckily, this happened indoors and my cat was just roaming around the house. This incident can be nerve-wracking if it happened outside.

It is still best to use a GPS cat tracking device like Tractive since it is specifically designed to monitor your cat’s location.

You Need a Proper Cat Collar Attachment for AirTag

Since Apple does not recommend using AirTags as a cat tracker, you will need a third-party solution to properly place the device on your cat.

You can attach it to your cat by using an AirTag holder which you can buy on Amazon or any other online store. The holders are nice but they are quite unreliable.

AirTag for Cats Alternatives

Fiona with Tractive GPS cat tracker

Fiona with Tractive GPS cat tracker

There are plenty of cat tracking devices that can be alternatives for AirTags. You may check them in our best GPS trackers for cats article.

Nonetheless, Tractive is my #1 recommendation when it comes to cat trackers. It is specifically designed for tracking cats so you are sure that it is safe for your cats to use.


Is AirTag too heavy for cats?

AirTag is lightweight and compact in size however it still depends on your cat’s size. If your cat is too small, he or she may find the AirTag uncomfortable to wear.

The device also falls off easily. Your cats can also simply get it off themselves especially if they are uneasy with it and don’t like it on their bodies.

Can you put an AirTag on a cat’s collar?

Yes, you can put an AirTag on a cat’s collar but you will need a special holder which is not designed by Apple. You can easily find online stores offering AirTag holders and collars for cats.

Are AirTags good for cats?

It depends. If you’re searching for a tool to allow you to keep track of your cat in your home or yard, I think this will work just fine.

However, the AirTag is not a good option to help you find your cat if they chance to slip out of their leash while you’re outdoors. Personally, I would not recommend putting AirTags on your cats based on my experience.

Is it preferable to use AirTag than no tracker at all? Most likely, yes. But, I would recommend a more dependable pet monitoring system, like the Tractive GPS pet tracker.

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About the author

Clair Chesterman

Clair is a professional cat breeder having her own cageless CFA and CCA Registered cattery & fostering company FluffyMeowPaws in Eugene, Oregon. Clair knows everything about multiple cat breeds and how to use the latest technologies to make the cat's life better.

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