Posted by Lynette Hammond on 31st Jul 2019
A Microchip is a tiny implant that is injected into a cat. The purpose of the microchip is for identification. Cats can be scanned by vets and some cat charity organisations in order to establish where the cat lives and who the owners are. The microchip helps to reunite owners with their pet if it gets lost, stolen or if they are injured in an accident. It’s a wonderful invention but one thing it cannot do is track a cat.
A microchip is not a tracking device and therefore it cannot be used to track the cat or establish the location of the cat if it was to go missing. The microchip is a RFID (radio frequency identification), which doesn’t require charging as there isn’t a battery. The chip has enough power to out life your pet, but it cannot power up any tracking device.
There are tracking collars available on the market that can be used to track a cat. We have written about cat tracking using GPS, but here’s a quick reminder of the advantages and disadvantages of using GPS collars.
Reliable Alternatives to Cat Tracking Collars
As you can see, cat collars have some great pros, but the disadvantages mean they are not able to give your pet cat any protection from the risks. The risks include:
Cat fencing is a sensible alternative to using cat tracking. It’s a one-time purchase that will protect your cat from the dangers listed above. The cat is still given access to the outdoors to benefit from all the advantages of having an outside life, without the hazards. Cat fences offer peace of mind to the owners and they are suitable for both owned and rented properties.
We Encourage Cat Microchipping
Although microchipping cannot be used to track cats, it is sensible to have all cats chipped so they can be identified. The procedure is quick, easy and affordable. Ask your vet for further information.
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