Hundreds of cats go missing everyday. It’s important both for indoor and outdoor cats. Some of these cats find new homes, some end up at shelters, while some are never found. According to the American Humane Association, only about 2 percent of lost cats ever find their way home from shelters, mostly because there’s no way to identify them. There are three main ways to identify your cat: break-away cat collar, Microchip & the CATlocator.
Break-away Cat Collar
A break-away cat collar with identification tags is an excellent first step for identification. Make sure the tag has their name and at least your phone number, if possible, also your address. Its important that the collar is a break-away collar or leather. These types of collars are made in such a way that your cat can escape from the collar if it gets suck on something.
Microchips are the ideal form of identifications. A small shot injects the microchip between your cat’s shoulder blades. It can never be lost and most organizations your pet would be taken to (rescue leagues, veterinarians, or animal control) have scanners. The microchip itself however, is no good unless you register it. When you register your pet the company will add you to their database. Be sure to update your registration information when you change your address, telephone number, email or other contact information.
Dr. McCaw uses this system with his cats. It is a collar with a radio transmitter. When your cat goes out put the collar on. When you want to bring them in use a hand held receiver with a directional antenna to find where your cat is. The range is 1 to 2 blocks in the city and over 1 mile in the open country.