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All you need to know about animal identification

Today, many cats are missing ID tags for different reasons. It's a real pity, because an unlabeled cat is often difficult to identify, when found lost or injured. It’s also one of the key reasons why many cats end up at shelters all over the country, instead of being reunited with their owners. Learn about different ways to tag your cat, so that doesn’t happen to you.

TATTOO OR CHIP?

You can choose to label your cat with a microchip or an ear tattoo. Or even both. The microchip is injected under the skin in the neck of the cat, while the tattoo is made with pliers in the ear. There are advantages with both ways. A tattoo is easy to notice and makes it easy for the one who finds your cat to find the owner in one of the two ID registries that exists in (insert correct info for your country here)  Sweden - Sveriges kattklubbs riksförbund SVERAK and djurid.se, which is run by the Swedish Kennel Club. However, the ink may fade over time. The tattoo is usually done in the left ear or in both ears and consists of four to six characters – usually a combination of numbers and letters. It should always be performed at the clinic by a vet and under safe and painfree conditions for the cat.

 

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A chip marking is also performed at the veterinary clinic. Before making the mark, make sure that the cat is not already labeled. Your vet will control this with a chip reader. The new chip is then tested before it’s injected. The placement may vary slightly, but it’s usually done in the neck or between the shoulders. Finally, your vet will control the chip to see that it matches the number of your cats ID certificate.

The chip can remain throughout the whole life of the cat, which makes it a good investment. However, the person that finds your cat needs to get access to a vet or someone with a chip reader in order to find you. The smartest thing is to tag your cat with both chip and tattoo, to increase your chances of getting it back should it get lost or injured. 

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY

Make sure you register your pet with (insert correct info for your country here) SVERAK or SKK. Fill in your contact information and your cat's ID number in their database. You can read more about how ID labeling works at SVERAK and SKK. (insert correct links for your country)

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