A CAT REHOMING charity is encouraging locals to get their moggies microchipped.
As part of National Microchipping Month the Eastbourne Adoption Centre in Eastbourne wants to hammer home the importance of having pets chipped.
Despite the fact that chipping is a safe and permanent means of identification which increases the chances of a missing cat being reunited with its owner, the charity says that around 90 per cent of the cats which come into its care are not microchipped.
And a spokesman for the charity said, “I cannot stress how important it is that cats are microchipped. It would help to give cat owners more peace of mind and enhance our ability to reunite missing cats with their owners.
“Currently when a cat comes into our care, the first thing we do is look for some sort of identification, including scanning for a chip. In a lot of cases there is no microchip so we have to trawl lost and found registers and advertise the cat as missing.
“It is a very time consuming process with no guarantee that we will ever locate the owner, despite our best efforts. And yet all of these problems could be solved by a tiny ‘chip that is no bigger than a grain of rice.”
Microchipping can be carried out by a vet or suitably trained individual and involves a small data chip being inserted under the cat’s skin between the shoulder blades.
The details are then stored on a national database and can be accessed by scanning the animal with a special device.
Most vets and rescue centres will routinely scan all lost cats and can use the information to quickly reunite the missing pet with their owner.
However, it is important for owners to keep their records on the national database up to date – for example, if they move home or change phone number.
For more information about microchipping and the work of Cats Protection, or to rehome one of the charity’s cats, call 01323 440101 or visit www.cats.org.uk/eastbourne.