On every checklist of things to do when you adopt a cat, you’re likely to see “Get a microchip” as an essential step for pet owners.
It’s pretty standard advice. Most veterinarians, shelter workers, and other experts recommend microchips for all pets — so much so that many adopted pets will come with microchips that were inserted by the shelter or rescue organization they came from.
But what many pet owners don’t know is that getting a microchip for your pet is a medical procedure. And like any medical decision you make for your pet, you should know as much about it as possible before going ahead.
That’s where this article comes in. If you’ve ever had questions (Are there cat microchip side effects you should be concerned about? How much does a microchip cost?), this is the place for answers. Below, we have a complete guide to everything cat owners should know before getting their pets microchipped.
Cats rule, and dogs drool. And before you come at me, dog owners, I’m sorry — it’s just a fact.
OK, OK. There’s no reason to argue about which pets are the best, because we already know there are so many benefits to having any kind of animal in your life (and we already know that cats win).
The truth is that all pet owners know that their furry (or feathery or scaly or what have you) friends only make their lives better. But cat owners have science on their side.
That’s right — owning a cat is so good for you, there are actual, proven, scientific benefits. Ready to see exactly how your purry, biscuit-making buddy has been improving your life? Here’s what science has to say about the subject.
When my cat, Winston, went missing, one of the first things I did was call some local animal shelters to let them know in case anyone brought him in.
“Have you moved recently?” one shelter employee asked me. I had — just two weeks earlier. She told me Winston had likely tried to go back to our old home, the territory he was familiar with. I drove over there and sure enough, within just a few minutes of standing in our old house’s front yard and calling his name, a smug-looking Winston came trotting around the side of the house.
But how? Our new apartment was almost three miles from our old house, separated by several major roads and a river. How on Earth did Winston find his way back there?
Any pet can run away or get lost, but for people with indoor-outdoor cats who are allowed to freely roam outside, the danger is even greater.
Have you ever noticed your cat wandering away from time to time, only to reappear at home a day or two later? There are multiple reasons why cats run away—or, more accurately, why cats wander from home once in a while.