Don’t take a gamble, get your cat the winning chip
04 JULY 2016
450 stray cats have already come through the doors of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home this year leading the charity to issue a stark warning to pet owners: Don’t take a gamble; protect your pets with a microchip.
In 2015, only 7% of Battersea’s stray cats were able to be reunited with their owners through their microchip details. More than 50% of stray cats that arrive at Battersea have no microchip at all, whilst many that are chipped have inaccurate details that make their microchip useless.
So many more stray cats bought into Battersea could be reunited with their owners if they were accurately chipped. Microchipping offers identification in a safe and permanent way and is an important part of responsible pet ownership.
Momo, a beautiful Bengal cat, was dealt a lucky hand after being missing for a heart-breaking eight months. He was finally found wandering around University College London car park before being handed into Battersea’s London centre where he was found to be microchipped. Owners Rebecca and Luigi Tommaseo were absolutely ecstatic to receive that all-important phonecall and couldn’t have been more pleased that a chip had bought their beautiful boy back to them.
Battersea’s Head of Catteries, Lindsey Quinlan, says: “It is not unusual for cats to go missing or get lost as they are generally independent pets that love roaming outside. A few years ago, unless you had an identification collar on your cat, your chances of finding your pet if they went missing were slim to none. With modern technology, however, this has all changed and microchipping is a wonderful way to tip the odds in favour of finding your feline counterpart if they roam too far away from home.
“Losing your cat is distressing and most owners assume that their pet will never go missing yet we take in an average of three stray cats every day with only 7% of these being claimed by their owners.
“The microchipping procedure is short, simple, and essential to ensure the ongoing welfare of a family pet. These chips are extremely small but the return on their value is immeasurable when seeing the joy felt by an owner when their cat is found. Momo is a perfect example of the magic of microchipping.”
If you have lost or found a cat or dog, please file a report or call our Lost Dogs & Cats Line as soon as possible on 0207 627 9245 - lines are open between 8am and 6pm seven days a week.