It’s estimated that one in three pets gets lost at some point. That’s a scary statistic considering our pets are part of our family. Nobody wants to think of their kitty wandering alone and hungry. The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) reports that fewer than 5 percent of shelter cats are reunited with their owners and due to overcrowding, some shelters have strays put to sleep within days of arrival. You can help give your cat the best chance of returning home with proper identification.
What does it take to make sure your cat can be properly identified? Two simple things can save your cat’s life.
1. A detailed ID tag on a collar
2. A micro-chip registered in the relevant database.
A safe breakaway cat collar with a clearly marked ID tag is the cheapest and simplest way to make sure your cat is returned to you. ID tags can be ordered online or made at several stores. Make sure the tag has your phone number clearly visible so a stranger can call you if they find your pet. By their very nature, breakaway collars are meant to be easy to remove, which is why two forms of identification are best.
Micro-chipping is a simple, painless procedure that your vet can do with no anesthesia. A syringe is used to insert a tiny electronic chip just beneath your cat’s skin. Each microchip has a unique serial number that connects to the owner’s information in the microchip registry. Almost every shelter and clinic has a scanner to check for a microchip when an animal is brought in. Chips last the lifetime of your cat and the one-time fee is well worth the safety it provides your pet.
No process is perfect, but these two simple steps can ensure you are reunited with your pet.
Please properly ID your pet and help educate fellow cat lovers about the need to microchip.