Pet identification is as important for your pet
as your identification is for you
It’s a mighty big world out there …
Should your cat go missing, the pet identification you have provided for your pet is usually the key factor in determining whether or not your pet will make it home.
In spite of our best efforts to keep our pets safe, they can become lost, be injured or even stolen. Losing your pet is an awful experience. I know, my cat Puddles was missing for two months. I did find her … but that’s another story.
There are three common methods of providing identification for your pet.
Pet collars with identification tags – simple but effective
Pet id tags are easy to see and read, inexpensive and can be applied quickly. A cat id tag can provide enough information to ensure you are easily contacted should someone find your missing pet.
Tattoos for pets
Tattooing is a form of permanent pet identification. A pet tatoo should be applied by an experienced veterinarian or a highly recommended trained specialist.
Tattoos are usually applied in the ear or sometimes the inner leg under anesthesia. My cat’s had them done when they were spayed and neutered.
They can fade over time and might require a touch up. On a dark skinned animal the tattoo is not as noticeable – it would be helpful if a lighter ink was available for pets, as well as the dark.
As a general rule, tattoos are most effective in the city or area in which they were applied and registered. If you move and don’t update your contact information – the tattoo might be very difficult to trace.
Your pet’s tattoo should be registered with the vet or specialist that applied it. There are also registries where you can register the tattoo – ask for a recommendation from your vet or animal shelter.
Life wouldn’t be complete without a high tech version of pet identification.
Inserting a microchip in your pet can be an effective method of pet tracking … but it is not foolproof.
In the United States concern exists that not all brands of microchips – some using different technologies and frequencies – can be detected by the microchip scanners currently available at some animal shelters and other pet protection organizations.
Be quite cautious. Before you purchase a microchip for your pet (or if you have already done so) … ensure your local animal shelters and other animal welfare agencies have a compatible scanner that will detect and read that brand of microchip.
No method of pet identification is entirely reliable, collars disappear, tattoos might not be seen and microchips have not been detected. The best approach is to use more than one method – the collar and attached pet identification tag, tattoo and/or the microchip.
!!! Remember, if the emergency contact information changes, you move or give your cat away, do keep
the contact information updated and advise the appropriate registry, database and veterinarian. !!!
We do what we can to keep our pets healthy and safe. Hopefully, in the event your pet does go missing, the efforts you have made to identify him or her as your own will pay off and you will be easily reunited.