(Closed) What's the point of microchips?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2515 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@LyndzJM:  that vet should’ve checked for a microchip as soon as the lady brought the cat in unless she lied to them. if she was truthful about how she came upon the cat, then the vet is totally at fault for not checking. that was really stupid of them. the whole situation sounds shady. i don’t think the lady put any posters up because, like you said, you would’ve seen them. 

Post # 4
3657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@LyndzJM:  Oh sweetie, that is such a tough one. I think you did the right thing for Lucy, good for you.

Some of my dogs are chipped and some are not, but ultimately, I don’t think it’s very important. They are not runners. If they disappear it will likely be because someone stole them out of our yard (my biggest ngihtmare) and those thieving eeejits won’t bother to scan a chip.

The tattoo ting is a good idea, but in the end an old fashioned collar and tage is just fine. Too many people around here seem to be focused on digital anything, when many a pet I’ve picked up could have been immediately returned if he/she ha donly had a tag with phone number.


Post # 5
5398 posts
Bee Keeper

Ughhhhhhhh that’s horrendous. I would totally take her back, but I’m extremely attached to my dogs. What a crappy situation. 

Post # 6
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’ve had a couple of possible strays hanging around my backyard since I live around the woods. I always check to see if they have a collar and call the number just to make sure its not an escaped outdoor cat but if there’s no collar, I take it to a local foster society to see if its microchipped and they contact the owners for me. If it seems like its a real stray, then the foster society will put up ads with the humane society and SPCA and all those organaztions. 


I think a big problem is that people do not know about microchips, they see a cat without a collar and automatically assume its a stray. This is something I am really scared of for my own cats and wonder if I should put a collar on them with my contact number and something saying they are microchipped.


I am so sorry you lost your cat. Maybe when you’re ready, you could adopt a young kitten and raise it completely indoors so that it wouldn’t have as great a desire to get out?

Post # 7
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Technically in this case the chip worked… your cat was found, and someone called you (albeit not the most ideal way that it went down)

Oftentimes the news isn’t so cheery… many times the road crews that pick up road-kill, are able to also scan for chips, and they’ll call the Owner to tell them the bad news.

In reality, domestic pets when outside HAVE NO PROTECTION / SKILLS to deal with the world around them, particularly so in an Urban Environment.

Cats may like to go outside, BUT if they never are an outside cat, they’ll never know the difference, adn in reality you are doing them (and birds, chipmunks etc) a huge favour by taking care of them… inturn your pet will live a longer & healthier life (statistically a “house cat” can live to aprox 20 years… one outside less than half as long)

So if you get another cat (and I think you should) do the right thing and make them a “house cat” for both your sakes

But beyond all that…

I want to commend you for what you did for Lucy.

That was amazing… I don’t like the way that this woman came to get your pet…

BUT I do admire what you have done today.  You took the high road in this situation in that it clearly looks like both cat & lady have gotten quite attached in the last 3 months (otherwise I’m guessing Lucy would have found her way back to you)

This is sad for sure in some regards (you have to go thru the loss / grief process all over again)

But I still think you were extremely generous to give Lucy to that lady.

(Karma and “the Pet Angels” will reward you for sure in the future)

Amazing story… wonderful woman you are.  (( HUGS ))


Post # 8
1161 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@LyndzJM:  Thats so odd, over here cats have a tattoo on the inside of their ear when neutered or spayed, VERY obvious! I think they should adopt that over there!

However, its not always the vets fault – sometimes the machines don’t pick up a microchip on the first runover. Some vets are very thorough, others dont have the time or dont feel it neccessary. A friend of mine got her dog from the RSPCA and when she got her microchipped they found 2 – count ’em 2! – microchips already there! They only found them when searching for the one they just inserted, because this dog must have thick skin or something, took them forever!

You did what I would consider the right thing – she grew attached to your baby and Lucy is probably quite attached to her.

*HUGS* You can get another furbaby to make you feel better? 🙂

Post # 9
708 posts
Busy bee

You poor thing, what a terrible ordeal.

This woman was in the wrong, though her intentions good.

This vet was in the wrong, though it’s unfortunate that they became the middleman here.

Here in the US, spayed females are often marked with tattoo ink at the incision if they are to be adopted. Even though ideally the microchips would be an effective first line of defense, the belly marks really do catch a lot that would slide through the cracks. It’s likely that this woman didn’t disclose that she found the cat as a stray, so if an owner presents “their” animal to a veterinarian stating that it’s not microchipped and needs to be altered… that animal probably won’t be scanned unless there is prior knowledge that there’s a missing pet of such and such description.

I think the SPCA let you down here as well. Veterinary clinics in the vicinity should have been notified, and if they weren’t going to call they should have advised you to do so. If this were me, I would share the outcome of this situation with the rescue group. They can’t fix it, obviously, but something in the system is broken if it failed to bring your kitty home when she was right around the corner.

How fortunate for Lucy that this story ends with a new home that couldn’t bear to lose her rather than succombing to the elements or the wildlife. I am so sorry that you’re feeling this loss, but know that you have shown such compassion in this decision.

Post # 10
9079 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

The microchip did its job. They contacted you when they scanned her.

My vet scans any animal that has been found or is considered a stray or is uncollared. Your vet should have scanned her beforehand if she was considered a stray.

The scar is a touchy subject. Some animals don’t scar easily and will heal nicely from surgery and thus it may not be blatantly visible when they shave her. Shame they had to open her up for that. Where I live there is no tattoos or modifcations done to animals that have already been spayed or neutered.

I would talk to whomever is managing the vet and insist they start scanning animals on intake purely so this can be avoided again.

If it were me, I’d take my cat back. Nobody would ever take a pet from me regardless of how much they loved it — the animal is not theirs.

Post # 11
4654 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You’re better than I am. I probably would have been like “gimme back my cat” hahaha. Who finds a cat and doesn’t even check for a microchip? This person seems so shady. I mean, they’re still clearly treating the cat well, but still. Ugh.

The only female cat I’ve ever owned got a tattoo at her spay site for that reason. A dot or a line or something, I don’t remember. The vet dealt with a lot of strays and was really well known in his community – the neighborhood was full of BOTH strays AND outdoor cats, so he had a policy of ALWAYS checking for microchips and tattooing spayed females to avoid uneccessary anesthesia/surgery/etc. It doesn’t add any pain or problems to the spay surgery if done at the same time as the procedure, and it save a lot of trouble in the future for minimal effort. This post just confirms my opinion that all vets should do that.

Post # 13
2932 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@LyndzJM:  Just wanted to say that I think you’re pretty amazing. Of course you want your kitty back. You love her! It’s still clear that you love her very much because you’re focused on doing the best thing for HER and not just dealing with your wants. That, to me, is the essence of love. This is a sad but beautiful story.

Post # 14
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think the lady who found the cat is a bit shady. I don’t think she’s telling the truth at all. Though at the same time, why does it matter if this lady had become attached to your cat? It’s your cat, dangit! She has a microchip and is registered to you! Why the heck was the vet even considering you’d give her to this stranger? So weird. Something sounds really off. I mean, I’ve grown very attached to that little “Boo” dog, but that doesn’t mean I get to keep him if he just so happens to arrive at my doorstep.

Post # 15
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

  Obviously the lady lied to the vet about where she got the cat. She should have been truthful about where she found her in the first place, than the vet wouldnt have wasted his time opening her up to find that she was already spayed! The vet also should have never forced you into giving the cat up to this lady. 

   I adopted a cat from a spca once and it was microchipped. I had to give him up because of allergies. I ended up getting a call from alberta spca so they could rehome him. 

  It is the vets job to check for microchip but if someone isnt truthful about where they found them than it really isnt their fault. 

Post # 16
4845 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m confused why this person who found the cat lacked the common sense to take it to a vet or shelter to be checked for a chip right away. -_- 

I would be taking my cat back, sorry. I would thank this person for taking good care of her/him, but I would not be letting my baby go. I would however, keep a collar on her and keep her indoors or on a leash. 

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