Cats Protection is urgently calling for the compulsory microchipping of all pet cats, in response to the release of figures that suggest only a quarter of the UK’s eight million cats are microchipped.

Cats Protection is urgently calling for the compulsory microchipping of all pet cats, in response to the release of figures that suggest only a quarter of the UK’s eight million cats are microchipped.
 
Cats Protection is urgently calling for compulsory microchipping of all pet cats.Based on statistics sourced from its own network of adoption centres, the feline welfare charity claims that two in three cats taken into its care are not microchipped, costing the organisation over £190,000 to microchip them.  
 
Further, the charity ends up dealing with around 40 ownership disputes per year – the majority of which involve cats handed in as strays that are not microchipped.  
 
This situation puts major financial and time constraints on the charity, which has its hands full looking after more than 7,000 unwanted cats at any one time.
 
Cats Protection chief executive Peter Hepburn said: “I cannot stress enough how important it is for cats to be microchipped. The heartache and upset that a lost cat can cause is immense, as is the suffering to the cat. It could be so easily solved by a tiny chip that is no bigger than a grain of rice.”
    
Microchip in cat. Image by Joel Mills.“When a cat comes into our care, the first thing we do is look for some sort of identification, including scanning for a chip. In a lot of cases, there is no chip so then we have no option but to trawl lost and found registers and to advertise the cat as missing. However, this is a very time consuming process with no guarantee that we will ever locate the owner, despite the best efforts of our volunteers and staff.

“Making sure a cat is easily identifiable is vital to increase the chances of a happy reunion so, if compulsory microchipping was brought in, many of these problems would be solved.”
 
Cats Protection is part of the Alliance for Compulsory Microchipping (The Alliance), which brings together a large number of animal welfare charities, assistance dog organisations, veterinary authorities, microchipping pressure groups and the Communication Workers Union to jointly campaign for the introduction of compulsory microchipping.

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