The charity says compulsory microchipping would be a major step forward in feline welfare in Wales, yet there are currently no plans for it to be introduced. This is in contrast with England, where the measure is due to become law.
Compulsory microchipping would make a huge difference to cat welfare in Wales, with Cats Protection’s Cats and Their Stats (CATS) report 2022 showing that only 66% of cats in Wales are currently microchipped – lower than the UK average of 71%.
Welsh animal lovers are now being asked to join the charity’s campaign by using an online form on its website to contact their MS to ask they support the move.
Cats Protection’s Advocacy & Government Relations Officer for Wales Daryl Gordon said: “Microchipping is an important part of responsible pet ownership and is already compulsory for dogs in Wales. It is also due to become compulsory for pet cats in England, so we want to make sure cats in Wales 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.
“We’re asking for the help of cat lovers in Wales to send a message to every MS to tell them that cats deserve the same level of protection as their canine counterparts.”
Animal lovers can fill in a simple form on Cats Protection’s website which will send an email to their local MS telling them to support compulsory microchipping of pet cats. To find out more, please visit www.cats.org.uk/microchippingwales