A cat is a great addition to any family, but they are notoriously independent creatures. Unless you have a feline that prefers to stay indoors, chances are that you might find that your furry friend only puts in appearances when she is hungry or looking for a comfortable place to nap. While their free spirit is commendable, it does make cats much more likely to become lost or suffer an accident outside of the house without you knowing about it.
If your cat doesn’t come home when she should, it can have a devastating effect on your whole family. Unfortunately, this is a very common event and countless felines are separated from their humans every year. If you have a collar with an ID tag on your cat you do increase the likelihood of being reunited with her, but this method of identification does have a couple of drawbacks – ID tags can come off or be removed, or in the event that your cat is stolen, replaced with someone else’s details. Microchipping offers pet owners a tamper-free way of linking your details with your feline.
What is microchipping?
Microchips are used across many industries today. In the veterinary world, they are about the size of a grain of rice and contain a unique reference number that can only be read when the chip comes into contact with a suitable scanner. This reference number correlates to a database entry on a secure server which contains your contact details and identifies you as your pet’s rightful owner.
Each cat only requires a single microchip, and this is inserted under the skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The process only takes a few seconds and is painless.
If your pet becomes lost or stolen and is later recovered, a veterinarian or shelter with access to the appropriate microchip scanner and database providers can scan your pet and get in touch with you to reunite you.
Why microchipping your cat is so important
There are numerous reasons why you should prioritize microchipping your kitty.
You are more likely to be reunited with your cat
Studies have shown that animals who are microchipped are significantly more likely to be reunited with their owner. This is primarily because microchipping is a more reliable method of identification. The chip is inaccessible, too small to feel or see and the information stored on it cannot be changes without going through stringent security checks with the microchip provider.
Enables you to grieve for your pet
Unfortunately, a number of the cats that go missing pass away before they are discovered, or before they can be reunited with their owner. Accidents such as being hit by a vehicle or becoming trapped without food and water are fairly common and sometimes the injuries sustained are not able to be overcome. As a loving and compassionate owner, you inevitably want to be able to grieve for your pet, and microchipping enables deceased pets that are found to be returned to their family. This will enable you to say goodbye and is a crucial part of the healing process.
Settles ownership disputes
Many animals look alike, and this is a key cause of ownership disputes. This is particularly the case with cats who can be fairly fickle in their attachment to their humans and will often return affection to anyone who shows it to them, or who offers them a treat! Although you may have photographs of you with your pet, these often don’t constitute definitive proof. However, since only the registered owner of an animal can sign them up with a microchip provider, arranging for your cat’s chip to scanned will provide proof of who the rightful owner is.
If you would like more information about the importance of microchipping your cat, our friendly and knowledgeable veterinary team would be happy to assist you. Don’t hesitate to call us at our clinic in Boiling Springs, South Carolina for more information.