If you made a list of all the qualities that people love about cats, their fierce independence would undoubtedly be right at the top. Dogs are inherently lovable, but seem to want constant attention during every waking hour. Cats love attention, too – but decidedly on their own terms. When a cat is done with you, it’s well and truly done – and it will go off to do… whatever it is that cats do… until the time comes when it remembers it loves you once again.

Because of this, cats tend to wander. When you realize that there are between six and eight hours each night where you’re completely asleep when your cat could be getting into who-knows-what kind of trouble, it might be cause for alarm. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be any longer, thanks to the wonders of modern technology. If you really want to know what your cat is getting up to at night, you can let GPS trackers tell the tail (pun very much intended).

The iTrail GPS Logger

If your cat is the type that likes to wander outdoors at night, always to return in the morning, the iTrail GPS Logger is the perfect tool for you. Thanks to its compact design, it can go anywhere – even comfortably inside your cat’s collar. With 40 hour battery life, this beautiful little GPS logger can keep track of your cat’s activities all night long. It’s even water resistant, allowing it to operate perfectly in just about all weather conditions. You can retrieve the GPS logger in the morning, plug it into your computer and find out exactly where your cat went while you were unaware.

STI-GL-300WT Wearable GPS Tracker System

For those looking for a solution a bit more advanced, the STI-GL-300WT will be right up your alley. This is also a wearable GPS tracker system, making it perfect for comfortably attaching to your cat before their night of adventure begins. With a two week battery life, you don’t have to worry about charging it. The key feature that cat lovers will enjoy is the fact that it allows for real-time tracking over an Internet connection. If you suddenly realize that you can’t find your cat, you’re never more than just a few quick mouse clicks away seeing their current location. You can even get phone and email alerts automatically sent to you so that you don’t have to worry about missing a thing.

The STI_GL300 Real-Time GPS Tracker

Finally, we have the STI-GL300 Real-Time GPS Tracker, another wearable device perfect for keeping a (virtual) eye on your cat all throughout the night. This unit also has a two week battery life and offers real-time tracking functionality over the Internet. At any given moment you can pull up the app on your smartphone or tablet and see exactly where your cat is and what they’re getting up to.

The thing that all of these devices share is their compact nature. They’re powerful devices, yet small enough to avoid hurting the cat or otherwise stopping it from doing whatever it wants to. Not that there is really any way to stop a cat from doing whatever it wants at all times, it would seem.

These are just a few of the key GPS trackers that you can use to get to the bottom of just what it is that cats do at night. Keep in mind, however, that cats are fiercely protective of their own privacy. It’s the cost of owning such an independent animal, so if you’re worried about accidentally creating trust issues between you and your furry little friend we may suggest some more covert surveillance options instead. Cats are also incredibly smart, so be sure you make the right choice as you don’t want to be discovered.