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Have you ever thought about what you would do if your Persian got out of the house? These days, advances in technology can really improve the odds of finding your lost or stolen cat. Pet microchips are becoming increasingly popular around the world. In fact, they are required now in some countries.

The microchip consists of a tiny tube (the size of a large grain of rice) that is inserted under the skin always on the left side at shoulder height. The process is a very quick, cheap, and painless. It carries a number in it that will identify the owner by name and address. The database also contains other relevant information, such as the cat's health problems. For example, if your lost diabetic cat got picked up, her condition could be treated. All veteranarian offices and animal shelters are supposed to have a reading device for the microchip so animals can be easily identified.

(This information came from Birgit F., Myriam G., Lana E., Mary B., Cara B., Nina K., Line C., Viki R., & Janette C. and can be found in our May 2001 Newsletter.)