The week of April 16 was National Pet ID Week. Statistics show that up to 1/3 of pets will go missing at some point during their life and only 1 in 10 will be reunited with their owner. Ensuring that your cat is properly identified will improve the chances your cat won’t be part of the sad statistics. Even indoor cats should be identified as there is always a chance they may escape, especially during an emergency such as a fire alarm.
Every cat should wear a collar and tag (yes, even indoor cats). We prefer collars designed with a break-away feature to prevent your cat being trapped if the collar gets snagged on something. Collars should fit properly – neither too loose nor too snug – and may need to be changed as your cat grows. The collar is your cat’s obvious identification and should have a contact phone number.
Microchips are a permanent identification method where a small object the size of a grain of rice is inserted just under your cat’s skin. It’s painless and can be implanted at your veterinarian’s office in a matter of minutes. The best insurance for your cat is to use both a collar with tag and a microchip. For kittens, we recommend placement of the microchip at the time of spay or neuter. The microchip carries an identification number linked to your contact information that can be retrieved when the chip is scanned with a reader. If your address or phone number changes, you must remember to update your information with the microchip registry. Almost all humane societies, shelters, and veterinary offices have microchip scanners. A cat with a microchip is 20 times more likely to be reunited with its owner!
For more information about identification options for your cat, please contact us.