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Cats need ID too

I'd like to be double-IDd
I'd like to be double-IDd
Karla Kirby

More and more responsible cat owners are realizing the importance of identification for their cats. Strictly indoor cats are famous for bolting out the door to the fascinating world they see from window sills

There are in essence two ways of making certain your cat can be identified should she/he end up lost. The first is the conventional method of having an I.D. tag on a collar; the other is to have your cat microchipped.

ID tags on collars have been used for many, many years. The best thing about this particular method is that it is quite easy for someone to see the information and contact the owner from the information on the tag.

There are a few negatives to solely relying on an identification tag on a collar, however... First, the collar has to in point of fact be on the cat for it to be effectual. If the collar hasn’t been fitted correctly, your bright, resourceful cat can easily use her/his paws to remove it. Another quandary is that collars can get hung up on tree branches and bushes. The category of collars that are suggested for outdoors cats are the breakaway collars to prevent cats from getting strangled should they get hung up on a tree limb or fence. This sort of collar saves the cat’s life but it does leave the identification on the tree limb, fence, ground—and kitty then has no ID.

The other disadvantage of using a collar and tag alone is that if your beautiful cat is stolen, the collar can simply be removed by the thief.

A microchip is a tiny chip your veterinarian can insert just beneath your cat’s skin. The chip is characteristically inserted at the top of the back, just between the shoulder blades. Insertion of the chip is done with a special needle and the procedure is tremendously fast. The chip itself is tremendously small but contains important identification information.
The microchip inserted beneath your cat’s skin contains a number that a handheld scanner can read. Nearly all veterinarians and shelters have these scanners. When you have your feline microchipped, you then need to register your contact information and information about your cat with the registry company. You can keep posted your contact information easily so the microchip that’s implanted in your cat doesn’t get out-of-date. If you move or even change your phone number, it’s critical that you keep the information current.