The charity says compulsory microchipping would be a major step forward in feline welfare in Northern Ireland, yet there are currently no plans for it to be introduced.
Northern Irish animal lovers are now being asked to join the campaign for compulsory microchipping by adding their name to a petition on the charity’s website.
Cats Protection’s Advocacy & Government Relations Officer, Alice Palombo said: “Microchipping is an important part of responsible pet ownership and is already compulsory for dogs in Northern Ireland. It is also due to become compulsory for pet cats in England, so we’re keen to make sure cats in Northern Ireland are not left behind.
“Compulsory microchipping of pet cats would ensure more cats can be reunited with their owners if they are lost or missing. It also helps to identify cats which have sadly died in road accidents, and helps to reduce the pressure on animal charities which may find it impossible to trace the owner of an un-microchipped stray or lost cat, despite their best efforts.
“With compulsory microchipping of dogs already in place in Northern Ireland, we’re keen to ensure cats are not forgotten. By signing our petition, animal lovers will help us campaign on this important issue.”