Your child learned to recite his address and phone number as soon as he could speak. Your car is tagged front and back with a number easily traced to you.
Your name is on your suitcase, bowling ball, office door, mailbox, welcome mat, and family bible. There's an ID card in your wallet in case of an accident that leaves you unconscious.
If you think you have a reason for not tagging your cat, read on:
Why bother if it's not legally required?
It never leaves the house, why does it need a tag?
No amount of diligence can guarantee an indoor cat will remain forever indoors. Sometime, somewhere, it will get out. Once it does, it won't have the slightest idea how to get home. Strange sights, smells, and sounds can sent it scurrying. It may run two yards or two miles, but when it stops it will be in unfamiliar territory, and won't know the way home.
When that happens, an ID tag can make a life-or-death difference for your cat.
The cat doesn’t like to wear a collar.
You can skip the dramatics by purchasing a catnip toy when you purchase a collar. Put the collar on the cat, then give it the toy. Chances are the cat will ignore the collar and play with the toy. Later, when the toy is shredded, stained, and defeated, the collar will be long forgotten.
A cat can hang itself by its collar and die!
However, if the cat gets caught by the collar in a tree limb or on a fence, its weight will stretch the elastic insert and expand the collar enough for the cat to escape without risk of strangulation.
The built-in safety factor protects the cat. If you’re still worried about a collar strangling your cat think about this: How many cats have you known or heard of in your life that have been lost and never found? How many times have you personally seen a cat hanging dead by its collar, or heard of such an event from an eyewitness?
Cats often get lost, and those without ID tags are rarely found by their owners.
Animal shelters take in millions of lost cats each year, and ninety-nine out of a hundred wear no identification. Less than three out of a hundred are found and reclaimed by their owners. One of those three is wearing a tag, and is usually found quickly. The other two have owners willing to spend hours, days, or weeks advertising and personally visiting local shelters in search of their lost felines. Many owners search long and hard, and never find their pets at all!
On the average, about 15 percent of the unclaimed strays get adopted into new homes. Most of the adopted cats are young kittens. Very few older cats get adopted. The unclaimed, unadopted cats must be put to sleep to make room for new stray/lost or abandoned felines. Very few cats die because they are wearing a collar, millions die because they are not wearing collars and tags.
Protect your cat the same way you protect any precious or valuable possession label it with your name, address, and phone number before it’s too late.