Microchipping - Hi-tech Identification
How you can tell if a cat is a stray? This is a problem faced by many shelters and animal charities every day. A cat is handed in as a stray with no identification and no known background. Often the cat appears well cared for and it is obvious that the cat must have a caring owner somewhere. Sometimes the stray appears to be a pedigree cat and may well be valuable. There have even been cases of cats being handed in with obvious signs of a recent operation - complete with stitches. Most frustrating of all are the cats that are handed in with collars but no ID Tag, or an ID Barrel with the contents missing.
Microchipping as a safe and effective solution to the problem, weighing less than 1/100th of an ounce - it is implanted under the cat's skin between the shoulder blades in a quick and simple procedure. Each microchip has a number which is logged on PetLog (UK), a central computer database at the Kennel Club, along with details of the cat and its owner.
All cats are now routinely scanned on arrival at shelters and charities using a hand-held scanner and if an ID Chip is present, a couple of telephone calls are all that is necessary to reunite the cat with its owner.
As well as being beneficial to the cat and its owner the scanning and microchipping is an effective means of ensuring that valuable rescue space is not taken up by a much-loved pet
Do get your pet cat microchipped, it is relatively cheap and will ensure that your pet will have a greater chance of being reunited with you if it goes missing.