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Is a collar and tag better than a microchip for a cat? — 11 Comments

  1. Yea it be great if microchips be heap at 50.00 each over here in nzl would cost me at least 200+ So im not sure on it. But maybe a collar with details be a good idea. Though know they gonna hate it.

    • Like Babz said, collars are not infallible, some are dangerous to cats and safe ones can come off, then the identity tag is lost, a microchip is permanent proof of who the cat’s caretaker is.
      A neighbour’s cat wearing a so called safe collar was found hobbled with it trapping her front legs, I’d be terrified to let a cat out of my sight wearing one!
      Thankfully she was found quite quickly.

  2. I can’t add much to what Barbara said because we think alike in all aspects of cat care and welfare.
    I think at present the best option is a microchip and I expect eventually they will be made much more safe and fool proof.
    This world is full of dangers to cats and to all other species too, but we either have to live our lives or hide away and restrict our pets too in fear of what ‘might’ happen.
    There is talk of all babies being microchipped at birth, so microchips will no doubt be made safe and infallible for them, so surely animals will benefit from that too.

  3. yea well i tried putting cat collars on with no luck as they usually rip them off and our animals are always around home, it would be nice to have just a tag with a phone number in case an animal goes missing

  4. Of the three I prefer the microchip, apart from not liking to see cats with collars round their necks (or dogs either, I’ve got these days so it really pains me to see a dog being led by the neck, in the unlikely event of me ever having another dog in my life it would have to be a harness for when he/she had to be on a lead)I think they’re dangerous and unreliable because a good cat collar is made to come off if it gets snagged on anything, so there goes the ID, a bad cat collar can be an instrument of death of course as we all know, and I’ll never forget the sight of the cat who we helped rescue who had been forced into a studded dog collar and had got a front leg through the collar and was in a distressed state. Tattooing is something I hate the thought of, let humans decorate themselves all they wish but I don’t like animals tattooed with ID/numbers, it makes me think of prisoners of concentration camps. I think vets and most animal welfare organisations have scanners nowadays, there are courses that the public can go on to learn how to microchip and scan and I think scanners have come way down in price, it’s worrying though that there is an element of danger from microchips and I don’t know how serious that is, but as things stand I would opt for chipping by a good, kind, qualified vet if ever I was responsible for a new animal again.

  5. Yes, well, usually, IMho. The microchip is misleading, to say the least. Even if you do keep up with it, the microchip is subject to too many misleading subjugations, and I surmise they do more harm than good, all thing considered.

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