A story of a car engine-addicted cat who learnt his lesson.

All the cats rehomed by Cambridge Cats Protection are routinely microchipped. The benefits of microchipping are well known. Being able to quickly reunite cats with their owners is rewarding and can prevent new homes having to be found when there is already a home desperately missing their cat.
How does it work? Microchipping provides a permanent means of identification. A microchip, the size of a grain of rice, is injected under the skin on the back of the cat's neck. Once in place, it works like a supermarket bar code. Any animal that is found or involved in a road accident and is taken to a rescue centre or veterinary surgery, is checked for a microchip using a scanner. If the animal is microchipped, the scanner reads the registration number. This number is held on a national database with the owner's contact details and the owner will be contacted.

Please microchip your cat!

This is the story of one of two ginger kittens adopted from Cats Protection, Flip & Flop. Both became addicted to climbing into car engines: once a neighbour even called the R.S.P.C.A and Fire Service because he found a kitten in his engine before leaving for work.
One day the worst happened - Flip failed to return home. Frantic searching and advertising drew a blank. Ginger cat However one wonderful day 6 weeks later told us that he had been discovered in a large tyre warehouse 20 miles away. He had travelled all that way in the engine compartment use of a large van. He had survived for all that time by licking the dripping rain off of vehicles in the warehouse and very little else. Because the alarms in the warehouse kept going off during the night, vermin control were called in and instead of finding rats they discovered a cat and trapped him. He was taken to the local vets who found the microchip. One poorly, thin cat, still only 9 months old, was returned to us. We were thrilled and so was his sister. He has now fully recovered and never went in car engines again!