A microchipping success
Microchips. 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, and when you move house, please keep the details up to date with the microchip company.
Adopter Bev tells us how having Percy microchipped was key to being reunited when he went missing last year. (Right: Percy, before he was nursed back to health.)
We adopted Percy from Cambridge Cats Protection four years ago. He was a huge fat boy who had a poor start in life; one of about 30 cats who had been caged in appalling conditions in a used bird avery. The cats were starving and covered in their own excrement. Percy was the most emaciated cat rescued, but with the loving care of the branch and fosterer Gill, he was nursed back to life.
When I met him I fell in love with him immediately! What I hadn’t realised was that as he had had no social interaction
with us humans, he and was timid and scared and didn’t know how to play, or be stroked. Once home, he would sit on top of the kitchen dresser; it took weeks of sitting in the kitchen to teach him to come to me, to play and be stroked. He had no idea how to use the cat flap, we would tie it open and gently ‘post’ him through it until he got the hang of it. His excessive weight dropped off once he could get out and about, although he never went far for long.
Slowly but surely he settled in; however that all changed on when we got up one morning and there was no sign of him. We searched everywhere; we put up posters, posted on Facebook, contacted local Vets, the local Council, the nearby school in case he had been shut in somewhere and of course the microchipping company. As the days turned to weeks with no news, hopes began to fade of seeing our lovely boy again…
Then almost six weeks later, I received an e-mail from a vet in Fulbourn, which is about 3 miles from where we live. It stated that a member of the public had found Percy and taken him to their surgery, and asked us to make contact with a view to collecting him. I couldn’t believe it!
On seeing Percy my heart sank… He was, skeletal, covered in ticks and fleas. The veterinary staff had placed him on a warm blanket with food and water in one of their cat pens. He recognised my voice when I spoke to him; the vet got him out and put him on the floor; he was weak and wobbly. We had the ticks and fleas dealt with, but he was put on a drip as he was de-hydrated and kept wobbling. Yet 24 hours later he was a much happier boy and feeling a lot better! We were advised to feed him a teaspoon of cat food every two hours to start off with. Within two weeks, he was feeding properly again, and after a few weeks was back to his normal weight, and very very loving!
Because he was microchipped, we were re-united! So please have your pussy cats microchipped, and make sure your details are kept up to date. We have no idea how he ended up in Fulbourn; we think he may have climbed into a vehicle to be nosey, or to keep warm, and are so glad to have him home again.
Bev, April 2019. From our Mews newsletter, please contact us if you would like to receive it.
Here is another microchipping success story: Flip & Flop.
The story of Baby
who was reunited quickly thanks to her microchip.