By Cleo Pet
As cat owners the thought of our cats going missing is not something we want to contemplate but it is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure their safe return should they go walkabouts.
The first thing you need to do is make sure your cat has an identification tag on their collar. There are risks involved with cats wearing collars but to minimise these risks, ensure your cat is wearing a quick release collar, which will pull apart if the cat gets stuck or entangled. Alternatively collars with elastic in are also available. The identification tag should contain the cats name along with your address and telephone number.
A more permanent form of identification is microchipping. A microchip is a tiny chip (no bigger than a grain of rice) that is inserted under the cats skin between the shoulder blades and is a very simple and painless procedure that can be done by your local vet. The microchip will contain a unique number which is stored on a national database. Once scanned the owners details are then displayed and the cat be reunited with its owner.