Tattoo or Microchip? Permanent Identification for Kittens and Cats
I look to the animal shelters and SPCA filled with stray animals. Many of these animals had collars and tags....but they do not arrive with them. Collars can fall off, get hooked on a branch, break the clasp (or have it open with the newer quick release collars). Any of these can leave your pet without identification and on the receiving end of a quick trip to the SPCA. The first thing they do is look for tattoos or microchips. These are the most failsafe ways to ensure that your pet arrives back home to you.
- Advantages: Tattoos are visible to anyone who looks for them but unfortunately can fade over time.
- Disadvantages: The tattoos are specific to the hospital where the tattoo is done. Therefore if you move, you need to update your contact information with your new vet.
- Advantages: This microchip can then be scanned by any animal shelter or veterinary office and the encoded information entered into a data base to trace the pet back to its owner. The data base is North America wide and covers much of Europe as well.
- Disadvantages: Slightly more expensive than tattoos