Originally Posted by Lilac*
..."why bother, they didn't get him chipped, don't have a collar on him, what if they just let him outside again...
Ah, but you don't know if they let him out or if he escaped.
I have 10 cats, all rescued from one deathly situation or another. None are chipped or wear a collar. The three who are allowed outside came to us as feral adults who just 'moved onto' our rural property and we took care of them and tamed them into housecats. If any of my cats got out, there are not enough neighbors to beat the odds that our loose cats would find someone who would take them in, either into their homes or to be checked by vet or animal control for being lost/chipped. Also, if any of my indoor cats were out, the entire rural neighborhood would know I was looking for my cat.
My lost cat story:
In 2001 when we moved to GA, Mister escaped from our RV with his brother Toby. We found Toby that night but didn't find Mister for 29 days. Almost an entire month. We were living in our RV in an RV/mobile home park for 4mo until our house closed. We had been at the RV park for 10 days when Mister came up missing. The RV park was rural, approx 4mi out of town. I made up fliers, posted them, knocked on doors and handed them to owners/renters. Described my cat to the local children and drove around the 'block' in a 1mi radius visiting the homes within that area to hand out fliers of my missing cat. In addition, I dropped off fliers at the two vet offices in town, animal control and took out an ad in the newspaper.
No one saw my cat or contacted me if they did.
I found him by accident on day 29 (when I was certain he was surely dead
) coming home with groceries.
I was less than 300yds from where he had been originally lost. 29 days in a neighborhood of about 25 homes and 40 RVs during a mild (temperature-wise
) spring and no one saw him. I don't think a collar or a chip would have done me any good in that situation, and I still see no need for collars or chips. Perhaps if I moved to a city...but not while I live rurally.