We use the Tabcat tracker to keep an eye on our new cats because quite frankly we don’t trust Panther. She is always getting into all of sorts of mischief and we worry about losing her. Having had a Tabcat tracker in the past, when I believe they were branded as the loc8ter device we had purchased a new one with 2 tags for Panther and Fevine.
Everything had been working well up to now. I have been able to find Panther when she hides in the trees at the bottom of the garden, when she is at the top of the apple tree refusing to come down and even when she has jumped out of a window and ended up in our neighbours house.
So you can imagine I was mortified when I realised one morning, on going to look for Panther and finding my Tabcat was gone, that it has entered the washing machine in yesterday’s trousers. Part of Tabcat’s sleek design means it is very thin and easy to miss when inside a trouser pocket, in this case the fatal downfall.
After an hour and a half on a daily wash cycle, complete with spin and rinse, the Tabcat tracker had come loose from the pocket where it had been concealed. It looked very sad and sorry for itself on the bottom of the washing machine drum covered in socks and pants. Having made a few random broken electronic noises both during the wash and after it, we had concluded it was the end of the tracker.
We removed the battery and immersed the device in a bowl of rice and left it for a day. On replacing the battery the Tabcat tracker appeared to turn on and after a few more hours it began to track the cats again. I would like to say it’s completely back to normal but it has slowed down and is less responsive that before the wash but it’s somewhat remarkable that it does still work. Tabcat will live to see another day but I must be more careful to clear my pockets next time before putting a wash on.