|Cats Protection has launched a petition calling on the Government to introduce laws to ensure all owned cats are microchipped.
The UK’s largest cat charity is calling for microchipping to be made compulsory, as it already is for dogs, to give lost or injured cats the best chance of being reunited with their owner.
Almost 8 out of 10 stray cats arriving at the charity’s adoption centres don’t have a microchip, highlighting the need for compulsory microchipping to prevent lost cats being needlessly rehomed.
Having your cat microchipped is a safe and permanent method of identification and unlike collars, microchips don’t come off, or put cats at risk of collar-related injuries.
Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said: “Cats are independent and curious creatures, prone to wandering, and they can become lost. Microchipping is the best way of ensuring these lost cats can be returned home.
“Most of the stray cats we take into our adoption centres do not have a microchip, so it’s incredibly difficult to trace an owner. It means many cats, which may well have a loving family, have to be rehomed as we simply can’t trace their owner.
“Microchipping gives lost cats the best possible chance of being reunited with their owner. And in the sad event that a cat is injured or killed on the roads, the details on a microchip can ensure their owner is quickly informed.
“Microchipping is an essential part of responsible pet ownership and is already compulsory for dogs. It’s now time that cats receive the same level of protection by ensuring that all pet cats are microchipped.”
To sign the Cats Protection petition visit www.cats.org.uk/microchippingpetition