Many people treat their pets like children and that may be because a lot of the problems you have with a child, you might also have with a pet. Children like to roam and can get lost and, as we know, so do pets. With young children, of course, you don’t let them out alone, but with pets, particularly cats, it is a whole different ball game and this is why it is so important that you take the necessary precautions.
Of the many expenses you might incur with a pet, the one that you should be able to do something about is loss. Cats in particular have a habit of wandering far from home and, because they are small, they can get themselves caught in all kinds of places where they are not supposed to be. Being reunited with a lost cat is not easy, which is one of the reasons that most vets advise cat owners to have their pet microchipped. The microchip process is not particularly painful and it is very quick. Once your cat has a microchip implanted, it’s much easier to reunite it with you should it be necessary in the future.
People who find lost or stray animals will usually take them to their nearest rescue centre or to a local vet. If that pet has been microchipped then the centre staff or the local vet, will soon be able to contact that pet’s owner. Many people have pedigree cats, which are expensive and they may have the animal chipped for that reason. However, it matters not to a fond owner whether their cat is a pedigree or your average moggie, they simply don’t want to lose that pet. This is why it makes sense to have a microchip implanted so that the animal can be traced.
If you want to be a responsible cat or dog owner, then you will have your pet microchipped. Many people think that having a dog microchipped should be compulsory in case the dog gets loose and hurts a stranger. At the very least your dog should wear a collar with a disc that has its name and address on one side. A growing number of cat owners also use collars and a disc in case their cat should wander far from its home patch. From April 2016 it will be compulsory for all dogs in England to be microchipped.
It makes sense for animal welfare officers, local authorities and vets to be able to identify who an animal belongs to and where it lives, as it makes it much simpler to deal with any accident your pet might be involved in. It also gives them a way to contact you should, heaven forbid, anything happen to the animal. Many cats and dogs get run over and their owners are left to wonder what happened to their beloved pet because the animal had no visible identification or was not microchipped. Microchipping is a good way of safeguarding your pet and making it easier to identify you as the animal’s owner. So, be responsible and get your pet chipped as soon as possible.