A Microchips a must

If you haven’t managed to pick up a copy of this weeks Canarian weekly here is a copy of the text from our article.

If you adopt a KittyCatz cat or kitten, the adoption fee not only includes initial vaccines and neuter but also includes the cost of a microchip. As a responsible pet owner you’ll want to ensure that if your beloved friend was to go missing they have the best possible chance of being found and a microchip is essential. Some owners feel that a collar is sufficient but there are many reasons why collars, unless they are snap apart safety collars, are not a good idea. Cats can entangle themselves in their own collars, such as getting their front legs caught through them typically because the collar has been incorrectly fitted or has become loose. Or they can become caught or trapped on fences, gate posts or branches which can lead to the cat being unable to escape or potentially choking. KittyCatz recommend both a safety collar and a microchip even if your cat will be a house cat. You never know when your cat might slip through an open window or patio doors and a house cat can find it extremely difficult to find its way home. A microchip is around the size of a grain of rice and is injected underneath your cat’s skin between the shoulder blades. It’s not painful, and your cat won’t feel it at all once it’s in. It lasts for the cat’s lifetime, and if your pet was to get lost or injured and was taken to a vets or animal charity they would be automatically scanned and identified, allowing them access to your contact details. For this reason ensure your contact and address details are always up to date. If your cat (or dog) does not have a microchip please make it a priority to get it done its only around 30-40€, a small price to pay and lasts a lifetime.

Some owners fit their cat with a collar and bell to reduce their chances of catching birds and wildlife. Did you know the likelihood of your cat successfully catching a bird is less than 2 %, hence the reason why they bring you mice as presents! However, bells, discs and other bits hanging from the collar can be hazardous as the cat can become entangled on something and can also get their claws caught in the bell. Can you also imagine how annoying the constant sound of a bell for your cat is? It can quite literally drive them crazy so really is not recommended.

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