Just for Kids: Identify Your Cat
If your cat ever gets out of the house or lost, how would you find him? Even if you take excellent care of your cat, there is always the possibility that he can get lost. Without proper identification, finding him could be very difficult. One important thing you can do for your cat is to provide proper identification in case he ever gets lost. There are several methods you can use.
Collar and Tags
A collar and ID tag should be on your cat at all times. If your cat is found, and he is wearing an ID tag on his collar, whoever finds him will know he has a home and a family who miss him. An ID tag should have your cat's name, your family's name, the address and telephone number. If there is enough room, you can also put the name and number of your veterinarian.
Unfortunately, collars can be lost or removed, so you'll want to use another method of identification, too. Collars can also get caught or snagged on things such as fences or tree branches. So if you use a collar it is important to use one that has a bit of "stretch" to it that allows your cat to escape in case he or she is caught.
A microchip is a very small capsule (about the size of a grain of rice) that contains a computer chip. The chip holds a special identification code that belongs to your pet.
When a scanner is passed over it, much like the scanners in a department store, the chip gives a number, which is registered with the microchip company. The company keeps the owner's contact information.
The microchip is injected under the skin of your pet with an instrument similar to a hypodermic needle that your veterinarian uses for vaccinations. It is a very simple procedure and doesn't hurt very much.
If your pet should get lost and end up in a shelter or the humane society, he can be scanned, and the information on the microchip will be displayed. Then the microchip company can contact you and your pet can be returned.
Losing your pet can be a sad experience for you and your family. The safest thing to do is provide two identifications: one visible type, like the collar and tag, and one permanent type, like a microchip. This will make it easier for your pet to be returned to you if he ever becomes lost.