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Identification: Cat Collars or Microchipping

When it comes to identification for your cat, you may not think it’s important if he never goes outdoors. Actually, all cats should have some form of I.D. because the “unthinkable” could happen one day where your indoor kitty bolts out the door or is accidentally let outside.

Types of Identification for Cats

There are basically two ways of making sure your cat can be identified should he end up lost. The first is the traditional method of having an I.D. tag on a collar around his neck. The second is to have your cat microchipped.

Collars and Tags

The good part about this method is it’s easy for someone to visibly see the cat belongs to someone and that person can immediately call you if they’re able to get close enough to the cat to read the information on the tag.

There are a few downsides to relying on an identification tag and collar alone though. First, the collar has to actually be on the cat for it to be effective. If the collar hasn’t been fitted properly and your cat can easily use his paws to get it off, then it won’t do any good. The other problem is collars can get hung up on tree branches and bushes if your cat goes outdoors. The type of collars that are recommended for outdoors cats are breakaway collars to prevent cats from getting strangled should they get hung up on a tree limb. That type of collar saves the cat’s life but it also then leaves the identification on the tree limb and not on the cat.

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