THREE stray cats have been brought to Bilton Veterinary Centre in one week – but their owners haven’t been told because the animals aren’t microchipped.
One of them had to be put down for humanitarian reasons after suffering multiple fractures, another is recovering from a suspected traffic accident and the third is healthy, but for the time being homeless. Micro-chips, which can cost as little as £15, are implanted by injection and gives animals their own identification number. Lost pets can then be scanned and their owners details accessed by vets.
Claire Gardner, of the veterinary centre, said: “All these missing cats will no doubt be causing their owners huge heartache. The frustrating thing is that not one of the cats had a microchip. As there is no NHS for pets, we are very fortunate that the local Rugby branch of the RSPCA will generously fund emergency treatment for these cats, in the event that they are not claimed by their owners.”
“With bonfire night coming up soon and the inevitable increase in frightened pets running away, we really would encourage everyone to have their pet microchipped as soon as possible.”
Hania Majcherczyk, Cats Protection volunteer, said the Rugby branch of the charity was inundated with unwanted and stray cats and advised owners to get their pets neutered and micro-chipped.
“We currently have 44 cats on our rehoming waiting list and receive calls to help more cats every day.
“Chipping can prevent unnecessary heartache should an animal go missing as it means they can easily be identified and returned to their owner.”
She added: “Our advice would be to speak to your vet about getting a chip implanted.”
Neutering is also very important as it makes cats less likely to wander, as well as preventing unwanted kittens.
Rugby Cats Protection can help by providing vouchers towards the cost of neutering.
Call their helpline on (01788) 570010 or see the website www.rugby.cats.org.uk.
Staff from Bilton Veterinary Centre will be microchipping dogs at the Pets at Home store on Leicester Road on October 15 and 16 from 11am to 4pm as part of the Pets At Home charity fun weekend.