I know it sounds a little bit robotic, but it's not really. My eyes are laser-y and bright because I am a cat, not because I have robot parts.
- We are allowed outside during the day, and if something ever happens, any vet or shelter in our city can find out who we are with a simple swish of a scanner, even if we lose our collar. Our insurance information is linked to the microchip information.
- We live in a cyclone area. If we need to be evacuated, we have proof that we are the cat on our vaccination and desexing records. It is also another safeguard in case of seperation (over Mum's dead body).
- We have been vaccinated against FIV. This vaccination means we will test positive on a snap test. If we ever end up in our local shelter, which is a kill shelter, we will be safer than if we were seen as a stray with FIV.
- Mum volunteers at the shelter, and has seen the difference in time between reclamation times of microchipped cats, compared to cats with just a collar, or who are missing a collar. Sometimes you can see the impression on the furs from collars on some of those cats, but they've lost their id. It makes it very difficult for the shelter to contact anyone. Sometimes people come to the shelter to look for their kitty when it is too late.
- Our microchip company has a facility where a second emergency contact can be listed on our account. If anything happens to Mum and Dad and we end up in a shelter or lost, the shelter or vet is able to get straight on to someone Mum and Dad trust, and someone who loves us, through the chip company.
All of our fosters are microchipped when they are desexed at approximately 1kg in weight. Mum thinks it is one of the best things you can do for any kitty, and an essential thing for any kitty who goes outside at all. We are clever, and are good at escaping!
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