Why Microchipping ?
Why Microchipping ?
It is a sad fact, that a distressingly large number of the cats that are
brought to our doors, are not in fact "strays", but are just someone's
unfortunate pet, that has wandered just that little bit too far from
home, and has ended up in unfamiliar territory. With a bit of luck, and
a few helpings of food from thoughtful strangers, that animal should
find itself on the right track back to its owners.
However, when it has become obvious that the cat has become well and
truly lost, and keeps returning to where it knows there is food, then
kind people take pity on the cat, and take the time to ring us up to
enquire if we have space to take in a lonely and confused animal.
Unfortunately, Cats Protection encounter several tales of "lost" cats that are anything but...
With genuine concern in their hearts, the general public have arrived at
our doors, having brought in a cat from their back garden with a story
about it being "abandoned" or "discarded" - when a perfectly reasonable
alternative is that the poor creature - suddenly whisked up and
transported away - had simply been out for an extended stroll.
A mature, healthy, virile tomcat - especially in mating season - has
been known to prowl for miles in search of willing females for over a
week or more. So one turning up unexpectedly and hanging around for
several days is not that unusual.
The vast majority of these cats handed in, have very obviously been well
looked after, and loved by an owner at some point in their very recent
past. Imagine a young child, who takes great delight in playing with a
equally young and energetic furry friend, day after day, only to be
suddenly bereft of their favourite playmate. Could you tell a child
that their bestest buddy is no longer able to play with them ?
Microchipping is a VERY
simple solution to avoid lost pets being permanently lost.
The Microchip is about the size of a grain of rice, so it is easily
inserted just under the loose skin of the scruff - an area just in front
of the shoulder blades. The scruff is where the mother cat picks up
their kittens and carries them around, so it is a very flexible and
tough area, and the microchip causes no discomfort to the cat at all.
The procedure takes but a few minutes, and lasts the complete lifetime
of the cat. The microchip carries a barcode that is registered on a
national database against the owners' name & address. A hand-held
scanner, passed over the cats' neck and shoulders, will pick up this
barcode, and a quick cross-reference with the database will conjour up
the owner of that animal.
Most vets will have access to a microchip scanner on request. And ALL
rescue charities (Cats Protection, Blue Cross, RSPCA etc.) will scan a
new arrival automatically in search of a microchip, in the hope of
tracing its origins.
Sadly not enough
animals are equipped with a microchip, and as a
result, many homes are left with an empty space where a furry friend
used to live, only for that animal to unknowingly end up in a different
home, having been picked up and brought to us in the mistaken belief
that that cat is lost.
Microchipping is relatively inexpensive - for the price of a few boxes
of food, you can give your cat an almost-guaranteed chance of being
reunited with you, if it should ever wander too far off the beaten
We at Cats Protection have seen this Microchip technique work its magic
countless times, with unparalleled appreciation from happy owners. One
such cat was picked up, brought in, scanned, and the cat returned to its
astonished owner within hours - the owner hadn't even had time to
realise their cat had been missing at all !!