Modern technology has allowed us to do so much more than we were able to before. Now, instead of just putting a collar around your feline friend, you can now get a microchip implanted. A microchip contains all of the vital information about your cat including their name, your name, your address, and contact information. Here are just a few reasons why it is important to invest in a microchip for your cat.
Easy to Find
Though nobody plans to lose their cat, it is something that is always possible. Cats are quiet and agile creatures that can slip out of an open door without you even noticing. Studies show that microchipped pets that were sent to animal shelters were returned to their owners 71% of the time compared to only 13% of those without a chip. In addition to this, when a lost cat gets taken to a shelter, there is a chance that they could be put down if it isn’t identified in a certain amount of time.
Collars are a way to ID your cat as well. However, because cats are so flexible, they are generally pretty good at finding a way to get out of their collar. If your cat isn’t used to collars or simply don’t like the way that they feel, they may try to find their way out of it. Collars can also get caught on something and slip off. For this reason, a microchip is a good back up to ensure that if something does happen to their collar, they can still be identified. This is especially important with indoor cats because they are less likely to have a collar on at all.
Whose Cat is It?
If your cat does get lost, you will likely go to local animal shelters to see if they have been found. Going to an animal shelter to see that your cat has indeed been found is a great feeling. However, there could be someone else there claiming that the lost cat is theirs instead. While no one cat looks exactly the same, some breeds have very similar features which can lead to a mix up. If you are in a situation like this where you have to prove ownership of your cat, a microchip is the best way to do so. This makes it as easy as scanning the chip to verify that the cat does in fact belong to you.
Contact Catonsville Cat Clinic Today for Your Microchip!
For 20 years, the Catonsville Cat Clinic has been providing quality veterinary care to the cats of Catonsville and beyond! Dr. Pam Nesbitt, who purchased the practice in July of 2011, runs the Catonsville Cat Clinic with compassion in mind. A team of professionals with an advanced level of veterinary medicine is at your service to make sure your cat is healthy and happy. So stop on by; we’d love to get to know you and your cat!
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