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Microchipping Does Not Always Help in Recovering Your Lost and Found Cat — 2 Comments

  1. No cat can be identified with an individual or group unless they are scanned for a chip.
    More times than not, a feral won’t be scanned in a kill shelter because staff is afraid. Therefore, they are doomed. You would think that the eartip would be a dead giveaway, but no. Kill shelters are not up to speed with the TNR efforts today. That’s why I pay regular visits in order to seek out eartipped cats that haven’t been scanned and create sheer havoc for them. They hate me, and I don’t care.

  2. This is interesting. When found pets were scanned at the shelter I worked at, they tried to contact the person listed on the scan. Sometimes, the information wasn’t updated, and the phone number was no longer in service.

    Most people who take a found cat in for a scan don’t have the intention of keeping it, but rather to try to find the owner. I’m surprised that this woman even had the cat scanned, rather than just keeping it.

    One major problem with micro-chipping is that the contact information isn’t updated.

    And even if a cat is chipped, lots of things can happen to that cat if it’s outdoors. So, micro-chipping doesn’t offer any kind of protection.

    I just heard from a neighbor whose 1 yr.old indoor cat, got out and was missing. When she checked with the shelter, she was told that the cat had been brought in dead, with no visible signs of the cause. The shelter had refrigerated the cat, but I have no idea how long they would hold an animal this way. I would guess a week at most.

    Anyway, at least she had closure, which is rare in many cases of lost cats who never return or get found.

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