WHY BOTHER MICROCHIPPING YOUR CAT? Here's why.....
Derby Branch of Cats Protection recently had a call from a farm in Derbyshire to help control their ever-growing feral cat population. We were only too pleased to help – after all, this is what we do.
So off the volunteer fieldworkers went with humane traps and food to start the process. While surveying the job, one cat caught the eye of a trapper. It sat back somewhat from the rest of the pack and she just had a feeling that it didn’t ‘belong’. She gently went over to test the water and it didn’t run away – completely uncharacteristic behaviour for a feral cat. She was able to lift it into a cat basket and take it to the vet where it was checked for a microchip - always the first thing they do. Would you believe it was chipped, found to belong to someone only half an hour’s drive away, and had been missing for 13 months? Of course, the owners were more than delighted to get her back. They had tried everything to find her; posters, adverts etc. but to no avail so they had given up hope after all that time.
Luckily, the Branch manages to reunite many cats fairly quickly with their owners as a result of them being microchipped. Most have only been missing for a relatively short time although we had one which was missing for three years and a cat reported found in January 2015 had been missing since 2013. There have been recent reports nationally of cats being reunited with grateful owners after five and seven years!
Of course, there’s a moral to this story. Can you guess? Yes, it’s GET YOUR CATS MICROCHIPPED – and also remember to update the details if you move. We also, fortunately quite rarely, come across cats that are microchipped but we are unable to contact the owner as the address and phone number are out of date.