Approximately 10 million cats and dogs in the United States find themselves lost each year, with 6 – 8 million winding up in the shelter system. While only 2 percent of our feline friends who are in shelters without any form of identification are ever reunited with their human families, the American Veterinary Association reports that our purring pals who have a registered microchip are 21.4 times more likely to be returned home. To mark ongoing efforts to keep companion animals safe, the third week in April has been deemed National Pet ID Week.
To increase your cat’s chances of returning to the comforts of home if he or she becomes lost:
- Make sure that your cat wears a collar which displays an ID tag, rabies tag and city/county license along with your contact information.
- Check to see that all of the information on your cat’s license, ID or microchip is current.
- While many of our four-pawed pals may live inside the home, pet parents should remember that it only takes a moment for their cat to dart out the door and into unfamiliar territory. All cats and dogs, regardless of their living situation, should wear a tag or be microchipped.
- Please contact our office to find out more about microchipping your pet, 253-847-3500.