Friday, July 18, 2008

Help your cat find her way home again

To add a dramatic element in Cries and Whiskers, my heroine's cat, Musetta, gets lost. Turns out, she's involved in some foul play – but for a brief moment, my heroine breathes easier knowing that her cat is microchipped. If Musetta is picked up or turned in to a shelter, she'll be identified and returned. This is based on fact – my cat is microchipped – and I can't speak highly enough of this unobtrusive and vital technology. Well, it turns out that one company is making it easier for you to microchip your pet! What are you waiting for?

This post is taken from Darlene Arden's PerPETually Speaking blog. Darlene is a writer and radio personality, focusing on animals (and a member of my beloved Cat Writers Association) and she's right on the money here.

For longer than I count, dog owners have always turned over every leaf and stone searching for their lost pets. Cat owners, who were even more likely to allow their pets to roam seldom used to look for their lost felines, assuming they'd run away or found a new home. It's really hard to fathom that attitude these days although I suspect some people may still feel that way.
I now see nearly as many posters for missing cats as I do for dogs. Still there is a good way to help ensure that your lost pet will be reunited with his family: microchipping. It is becoming nearly as popular for cats as it is for dogs but we still need to make more people aware of microchipping, especially cat owners.

One microchip company, Home Again, has gone the extra mile for cats and their people, not only providing a safety net of microchipping but helping in another way as well. Home Again Proactive Pet Recovery Network has promised to donate $1. to the Winn Feline Health Foundation for every cat microchipped and enrolled in Home Again during the months of June, July and August. You still have time to take advantage of the company's generosity in helping feline health studies while taking that extra step to provide for your own cat's recovery in case he is lost.

While some cats wear a collar, a cat who gets loose can easily lose his collar and thus his tag as means of identification. Microchipping provides that added measure of security. If your cat is taken to a shelter or veterinary hospital, he can be scanned for a microchip, his number can be called in to Home Again and the owner will be notified.

It's sad to think that microchipped cats are fewer in number than microchipped dogs. It's a relatively inexpensive and painless way to protect your beloved companion. And by taking advantage of Home Again's generous donation offer, you'll be helping all cats have healthier lives through Winn Feline Foundation's studies which will greatly benefit from Home Again's generosity. They will be as generous as you are a responsible owner when you get your cat microchipped and enrolled in Home Again by the end of August.


catd264 said...

I have Beagles and they are both Microchiped. Our cat Callie passed away and I just haven't been able to bring myself to get another one. But I think all Animals should be chipped.

Clea Simon said...

Good for you, Cathy! Musetta is microchipped (both the real kitty and the one in my books). I think it's a great service. I'm so sorry about Callie. Maybe in time another kitty will call to you... not to replace Callie, but to bring more feline love into your life (and keep those beagles in line).

Caroline said...

I think this is an excellent idea. There are so many lost cats in our area, that I worry tremendously about them.

Sandie Herron said...

All of our cats have been microchipped. They are all indoor cats so do not wear collars. If they were to get out, I'd want something there to identify them, assuming they made it to a shelter or vet's office. Since cats do roam outside at the owner's discretion, they are also taken in by others who may have no idea they were owned by someone else.

Friends of ours just trapped a cat for the ASPCA's trap/neuter/release program. When they brought him home to release, they realized he was no stray cat. He promptly jumped up on her lap and started licking her face! They wanted him to have a good home, so we took him. In 3 months we couldn't integrate him with our own 4 cats, so we surrendered him to a no-kill shelter who found him a home very quickly in a home with no other cats and young boys. They're thrilled to have him, and we're thrilled such a sweet and loving cat has a new home.

Yet how did this sweet guy end up in the wild marked as feral? Was he a house cat? Was he thrown away? Literally? You never know.

So yes, you better believe all my cats are microchipped, including that fellow (we hadn't registered him yet).

Sandie Herron