Mi­crochip your cat

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS -

This Mi­crochip­ping Month, Cats Pro­tec­tion would like peo­ple to get their cats mi­crochipped.

We also want to help peo­ple un­der­stand what to do if they find a stray cat, as find­ings from a re­cent sur­vey showed that 52% would ap­proach a cat they sus­pect to be stray but would fail to find out if the cat has an owner.

Key things to help de­cide whether a cat needs help, in­clude check­ing for a col­lar if the cat is ap­proach­able. If there are no vis­i­ble signs of own­er­ship, we strongly urge peo­ple to take the cat to a lo­cal vet to be scanned for a mi­crochip. Peo­ple can also ask neigh­bours if they recog­nise the cat and check lo­cal pa­pers and so­cial me­dia in case the cat is listed as miss­ing.

Mi­crochip­ping cats in­creases the chances of a re­union be­cause it is a per­ma­nent and safe form of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Once mi­crochipped, it is im­por­tant to keep the chip de­tails up-to-date.

Mi­crochip­ping could mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween a happy re­union or a sad sep­a­ra­tion. Cats Pro­tec­tion re­united 3,000 cats and kit­tens in 2017 through our na­tional net­work of over 250 vol­un­teer-run branches and 34 adop­tion cen­tres. This is a num­ber we hope to in­crease by en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to mi­crochip their cats.

A video cre­ated by Cats Pro­tec­tion, show­ing that cats can’t do the things peo­ple can do to find their way home, as well as fur­ther ad­vice on how to help a stray cat, can be found at: www.cats.org.uk/ mi­crochip­ping

Mark Bea­z­ley Cats Pro­tec­tion’s Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions

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