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In the United Kingdom, it’s now illegal to have a dog that’s not microchipped, but cats are still exempt from this rule. This is in part due to the sentiment that cats don’t need microchips.
But, is that true? Do cats need microchips?
As you’ll see, cats need microchips as much as dogs, or maybe even more so! Keep reading to find out more about why cats need microchips.
Collars Come Off
Cats have a tendency to get themselves into trouble. To avoid that trouble taking their lives, cat collars are made to come off under pressure. This can prevent your cat from strangling himself while climbing a tree or fence.
Some cats also learn how to remove their own collars and do so simply because they don’t like the feel of them. Either way, if your cat gets out of his collar and then gets lost, there’s no way for him to be identified without a microchip.
Microchips are injected under your cat’s skin and are designed to last at least 25 years. Although they can migrate some in your cat’s body, they’re going to be with your cat for the rest of his life.
Cats Get Lost
Even if your cat has been roaming your neighborhood for years, there’s no guarantee that he won’t get lost. In the winter, cats may climb into a car engine to get warm, but what happens when the owner drives to work in the next town over?
Other times, your cat may become unable to return to you thanks to other territorial cats who won’t let her pass through their areas. He may end up getting lost trying to find a different route home. Or, if he’s being chased by someone, another animal or chasing something interesting, she can lose track of where home is.
Indoor Cats Escape
At this point, you may be thinking that keeping your cat indoors is the answer. While this is the safest place for cats, there’s no guarantee that an indoor cat will stay inside.
As a result of sheer curiosity, fear, or hormones in cats, it’s common for indoor cats to find their way into the great outdoors. And, if a cat isn’t used to going outside, it’s easy for them to become lost.
Shelters are Full
Micro-chipping your cat may literally save his life.
The sad truth is that over 70% of cats that enter shelters are euthanized. Although some of these are because of terminal illnesses or severe aggression, the vast majority are simply because of a lack of space.
That means if your cat finds his way into a shelter without a microchip, his time there is limited. If you miss that shelter in your search or take too long to visit, your cat may be euthanized simply because the shelter needs to make room for incoming animals.
However, if your cat has a microchip, the shelter’s staff members will be able to quickly locate you to get your cat back home with you.
Microchips Prove Ownership
Imagine you arrive at the shelter and find another family has also lost their black cat. They believe your cat is theirs and insist on taking her home with them. Cats aren’t known for coming when called, so an ownership test that might work with a dog won’t work with a cat.
If you don’t have a microchip, it’s your word against theirs, and you may find yourself going home empty-handed. With a microchip, on the other hand, you can have the shelter staff scan your cat and prove that you are the rightful owner.
Learn More About the Benefits of Microchips
Now you know five reasons that cats do, in fact, need to be microchipped. As you can see, the best way to ensure your cat makes it safely back to your home should he get lost is by getting him microchipped.
Learn more about the benefits of microchipping both dogs and cats by checking out our article on why your pet needs a microchip.
Accidents and Illnesses Happen
If you plan to take your cats outdoors this summer, be alert and as safe as possible. Remember to never leave your furry friend unattended and keep them in an area that is shaded and dry.
Accidents and illnesses do happen, even when you are as safe as possible, you never know what could happen to your furry friend.
Pet insurance provides peace of mind that if your pet gets sick or injured you don’t have to think twice about the financial aspect and you can just focus on your pet’s care.
The team at PetFirst Pet Insurance loves helping pet parents have the ability to give their pets the best care possible – whether your cat prefers the indoors or great outdoors!
As a pet parent, you can find the best coverage for your furry friend with PetFirst and our various options that can fit your family and cats needs.