You brought your new bundle of joy home? Congratulations! Apart from kitten proofing your home, and stocking up on kitten food, their bedding and litter box you also need to provide them with a proper identification.
More than thousands of kittens get lost every year and their owners are not able to trace them because of no clear identification. Since kittens are by nature curious and adventurous they can easily venture out through open doors and windows. Thunderstorms and loud noises are enough to send them scuttling away and if they are purebreds then chances of them getting stolen is very high.
So, it is imperative that you protect your kitten by providing them with a pet collar, ID tag, tattoo or microchip.
You can get your pet a collar with their name and your address embossed on it. Make sure you choose a collar that is elasticized and has a fast release safety action. Make sure it fits them correctly. It must not be too tight or too loose. You must never use a dog collar for your cat.
Tags for your cat
You can attach a tag to your pet’s collar. Collar tags are safer than just plain hanging tags. Make sure your write your pet’s name, your name, address and phone number in it. Due to regular wear the information written may become ineligible. So, you should replace the tag everywhere. It makes sense to invest in a good quality tag. You can also add a little bell to the tag collar for you to locate your pet easily.
A microchip is a tiny computer chip that is injected under your pet’s skin between their shoulder blades. The computer chip carries a unique code that will help you identify your kitten if they are lost. You should register your microchip with the authorised person and renew it every year otherwise it may turn obsolete.
You an always contact your vet for their professional advice in helping you choose the right identification for your pet.