I remember the first time my cat went missing and I will never forget it!
My boyfriend at the time was visiting me in Denver and my cat completely freaked out and disappeared, which is pretty normal behavior of all cats. They’re typically pretty sketchy when it comes to strangers and run for cover whenever they see, hear or smell anything unfamiliar. This was the case with my cat. I’d been through this so many times I didn’t think anything of it. He’d take off like he normally did but eventually, after a few hours, he’d start to poke his head around and come out but this wasn’t the case this time.
I was frantic when I searched through his usual hiding spots and couldn’t find him. I was literally crying my eyes out and running from door to door asking my neighbors if they’d seen my cat only to find out that the little bastard was hiding in the kitchen in one of the utensils drawers. Not the regular cabinets where you put your pots and pans, no… he was in the drawer where you put your knives and forks and spoons! How his fat behind fit in there is beyond me, but he did and that’s the reason why we couldn’t find him.
It got me thinking, maybe I should microchip or tattoo my cat? (or maybe even put a collar on him because he didn’t have one at the time)
According to the American Humane Organization‘s website:
- 56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized. More cats are euthanized than dogs because they are more likely to enter a shelter without any owner identification.
- Only 15% of dogs and 2% of cats that enter animal shelters are reunited with their owners.
I went ahead and did a little research and came up with some pros and cons to help aid in my decision.
Here’s what I came up with:
- Widely used and popular
- Vets, shelters and rescues will check for them
- Affordable ($25-50 depending on where you get it done)
- Migrate from injection site
- Can cause cancer if sarcoma forms around chip (eeek!)
- Not visible to the naked eye
- Easily identifiable (ear flap or inner thigh)
- Can be applied by vet or someone authorized (possibly groomers)
- Pricey ($300 or so)
- Takes minutes to perform
- No anesthesia required
- Not painful
Needless to say I’ve opted in getting my 2 cats tattooed as opposed to microchipped. I just don’t feel very comfortable knowing that if I do get them microchipped that the actual chip will stay in place and not cause any problems within their bodies. Yea it’s definitely a large jump in price but I don’t want to be that small percentage of pet owners who microchip and end up having to deal with nerve damage or even death!
What did you opt for, microchip or tattoo?