Why Your Pet Might Run Away and How to Prevent It
A few years ago, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) published the results of a study showing that 15 percent of pet owners had at one time lost a cat or dog.
The good news is that up to 85 percent of lost pets were discovered, with many recoveries being attributed to the use of trackers and tags.
Coming home to find your pet missing is a situation no pet owner wants to contemplate. If it happens, terrible thoughts start filling your mind.
“He must be scared, all alone on his own.”
“She must be starving.”
“What if he has been ran over by a car?”
But despite how scary the thought of our pets running away is, it is one we must consider and take measures to prevent.
Why Do Pets Get Lost?
1. They want to explore
Some dog breeds come with an extreme case of wanderlust. They want to climb walls and jump over fences to go and explore what’s beyond the set boundaries.
When you take them on a walk, they could easily wander off when you are not paying attention.
They are also the kind of pets that will quickly spot any opening to get away such as a hole in the fence or a gate left open.
2. They are bored
If the pet is limited to a small yard for hours at a time, it is easy for boredom to set in. It becomes worse if there is no stimulation provides such as walking or playing with it.
Such pets will grab any opportunity to get out of their confined space and enjoy a little bit of freedom. Some may eventually come back.
3. They are traumatized
Frightening sounds and situations can trigger the ‘flight’ response in a pet, causing it to run away. Some dogs get really scared of loud and sudden sounds like thunder or fireworks. An uncomfortable or dangerous situation such as an accident, sudden bright lights or a storm may also cause the dog to run off seeking a safer place.
Depending on the environment, the pet’s condition and its temperament, it can travel far away or remain within the same location. In all cases, the pet remains in danger of starvation and injury.
Keeping Your Pet Safe With Kippy
There are many ways you can prevent your pet from getting lost and finding him if he does. One of the best is the use of a GPS tracker such as the one sold by Kippy. This tracker accomplishes two things at once; it allows you to monitor your pet’s location at all times and makes it easier to find your pet in the event he wanders off.
At any time, you can check the map and see where your pet is exactly. You can even find out how far the pet is from you and get help on how to reach there quickly. This feature comes in handy when your dog or cat finds an opportunity to get away on its own. Here are other features of the Kippy GPS tracker for cats and dogs.
You can look back in time to see where your pet has been and study its movements. Sometimes, this can show you certain movement patterns that indicate a problem with your pet.
For example, you may notice that the dog runs to a certain location when there is a thunderstorm or when a train passes nearby. This way, you can tackle a problem early on before it grows dire.
Do not just rely on your physical fence to keep the dog inside your compound. Sometimes, an open door is all they need to go off exploring new things. With Kippy’s geofence feature, you get an immediate warning if the dog goes beyond a virtual boundary that you have set.
You can then take action to prevent the pet from going too far. You can use this feature at home or when you are at the park. It is anti-shock, waterproof and has a 7-day battery life.
The GPS tracker also monitors the dog’s activities and logs all movements on the Kippy Vita app. From these activities, it can even calculate your pet’s calorie consumption.
A GPS tracker vastly increases the chances that your pet will be found if it gets lost. Even better, it prevents that from ever happening.