Identifying your Cat – Collar or Micro-Chip, Which is Best?
By mariedogwalker April 21, 2013
If your kitty stays inside they are protected by the safety of the indoors, but a cat’s natural curiosity makes them great escape artists. An open door or window may prove too much of a temptation and before you know it kitty is outside. Have you taken precautions that will help protect a cat who chooses to escape and visit the outdoors? Two forms of ID you may want to consider: Collar or Micro-Chip. But which is best?
Why wear a collar?
- Identification is essential in the event that they are separated from their home. Collars with an identification tag can help with their safe return.
- The jingling of the tag and/or bell attached to the collar will prevent kitty from being able to sneak up on and catch birds and mice. The sound from the collar can also help to locate a cat who likes to hide.
- They can be a cute fashion accessory
When deciding on whether or not to get a collar for your cat consider the following:
- Collars can be a choking hazard. Make sure the collar is equipped with an easy trip latch or has an elastic insert that will allow the collar to stretch over cat’s head.
- Many cats don’t like the feel of a collar and will attempt to remove it, not a difficult task for a cleaver kitty. Once the collar is off their identification is gone as well. Cat’s are more likely to accept wearing a collar if they begin wearing one at a young age.
- Wearing a collar every day will cause matting of the fur of long-haired cats.
An alternative form of identification that is both safe and effective is the micro-chip. Micro-chips are small devices (about the size of a grain of rice) that are surgically embedded in the shoulder area of your cat in a quick and painless procedure that is performed in a veterinarian’s office. This tiny device holds identifying information including family name, address, and phone number that is revealed when scanned.
- Once inserted, your cat will always have their identification.
- The device cannot be lost or removed by kitty.
- Provides security for the lifetime of your cat.
Although highly effective for helping with the safe return of your lost kitty, some fear that inserting a foreign object into your cat’s body and may result in future health issues.
Only you can decide what is best for your cat. Or, if kitty refuses to wear a collar, they may decide what is best for them! Either way, proper identification can be the difference between a kitty either lost or found.
This article was reposted and shared by Kitty Corner