The importance of permanent identification (ID) cannot be overstated; One third of family pets will become lost or go missing in their lifetime. It can be very difficult to reunite a lost kitty with their family without a form of permanent ID.
We recommend permanent ID for both outdoor and indoor kitties. While it is less likely that an indoor kitty would go missing it is not impossible and happens more frequently than you might think. There are two options available when considering permanent ID: microchip implantation and ID tattoo.
Microchips are implanted under the skin and can be placed at any time during your cat’s life. However, they can be more comfortably implanted while your kitty is under anesthesia at the time of their spay, neuter or other anesthetic procedure. Microchips can be scanned by any veterinary clinic or animal shelter and will remain traceable for the life of your cat.
Identifying ear tattoos have been around much longer but have decreased in popularity since the introduction of microchips. While tattoos do provide a permanent means of identification they do not offer the same benefits as microchips. Tattoos tend to become less legible as a kitty ages, making identifying and tracing an older cat’s tattoo more challenging. Tattoos are only provincially traceable so tattoos applied out-of-province are virtually impossible to trace. Additionally, tattoos can only be applied under general anesthesia for the safety and comfort of your kitty.
Whichever means of permanent ID your family elects it is important to keep all contact information up to date so that you can be easily contacted and reunited with your kitty in the event that they become lost.