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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-28-2015, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Microchip or collar with Phone#

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Both. Make sure the collar is a breakaway.
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If the collar has my number on it, why would she need a microchip?

What's a breakaway?

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A breakaway is a collar that will break off if it's snagged on something (instead of strangling your cat). You'd want a microchip and a collar so if the collar is lost, someone can still get your info from the microchip.
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What if he slips the collar or it gets caught on something and breaks (as it's supposed to do)... he's a cat without any contact info.

The shelter/vet SHOULD scan him for a microchip...but what if they don't and assume he's a feral or a stray.

Why not do everything possible to ensure she's returned to you safely and quickly?
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So if she ever happens to get out and gets lost, then gets her collar gets caught on a tree branch or something and collar breaks, then someone finds her and takes her to the shelter, the microchip comes in handy?
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Getting both increases the likelihood of a wayward kitty being returned.
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Both. Collars can be lost or removed. Chips show up at the Vets office. I can honestly say after 2 decades f pulling cats off the street... I feverishly pray they are chipped each and every time. I have yet had to luck to find one that is and returned them to their home. I have a cat living in my neighborhood that i KNOW was stolen from someone's driveway, in another state. If he had been chipped he would be home now. He has lived on porches and with neighborhood caretakers for going on 5 years now instead.


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Both for the same reasons as outlined above. Dog collars are not break away because they do not jump to high heights but cats can leap, snag their collars and strangle - hence the break away. I recently saw a collar with tags on it on a fence - they work, but without a microchip kitty is now ID-less.

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