(Closed) What's the point of microchips?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
6114 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Does Lucy live indoors or outdoors with this new lady?


In a place that has bears and coyotes, I think I would keep any potential new cat indoors, despite how crazy they get inside! 

Post # 18
2564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

What a sucky situation.  Sounds like more must have happened than what the vet told you, maybe the woman didn’t tell them the cat was a stray until they opened her up and discovered she was already spayed?  Hard to know for sure.  But like PPs have mentioned, not all spayed animals have an obvious scar, even if you shave them it can be hard to see/feel the scar.

I just finished an internship at a vet school, and our ER would take any strays no questions asked.  Every animal that was brought in as a stray was scanned for a microchip.  If I wasn’t busy I when I was in the ER I would even quickly check Craigslist for lost animal postings.  Microchips helped me reunite pets with their owners that had been lost for a few hours, and even a few years!  Unfortunately, most were not microchipped (even ones that were obviously owned, like a freshly groomed Shih Tzu) so they went to Animal Control/Shelters.

The issue of finders wanting to be keepers has been a problem and vets often get caught in the middle.  Microchips are newer and there aren’t really a lot of laws to protect the owners of a microchipped animal.  Finders of animals have fought and been awarded ownership of a found animal even though there was a microchip with the original owners name.  Sounds like you did everything right trying to find you kitty, and this finder’s story doesn’t add up right.

Post # 19
10360 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Legally, the cat is yours. That’s the point of the microchip – to get the real owner notified if the animal is brought in and scanned. You deciding to give her the cat isn’t the microchip’s fault! Did your cat always insist that it be let out? Or is it something you allowed and then stopped doing? Outside cats have half the life span of an indoor only cat on average, and decimate the local bird population. It’s best for everyone if they are only inside! A good lesson for your next cat :-).

Post # 20
3828 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Holy fuck i would not care if that lady had grown “attached” to this cat. Its my goddamn cat and she basically stole it by feeding it. Yes it never left, BECAUSE YOU FED IT.

Sorry, thats not a tough situation.  Lady stole your cat and then wanted to keep it. Vet is an idiot and should have scanned the cat immediately to ensure it wasn’t someone else’s cat since the lady said she found it. And yes, surgery leaves a scar, they would have seen the cat was already spayed if they had brains. 

Post # 21
2664 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

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@FauxPas2012:  technically you really should have a chip and a collar/tag. A chip is not supposed to replace a collar, and vets tell you that. That way, if for whatever reason, the animal’s collar comes off, then there’s still a way to identify them. 

Post # 22
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Take your kitty back! My DH found a lost dog a few months ago. First thing we did was drive to the local vet to get him scanned for a microchip. He was reunited with his family by the end of the night.

We have two indoor kitties that are both microchipped. I would hope that someone would do the same with my kitties if they got outside lost.

Post # 23
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Am I the only one who wonders about that vet?  My SIL works for a vet, and the FIRST THING they do when an animal of unknown origin comes in is to scan for chips (of course, provided the animal’s not in like, a health emergency or something), because they know most adopted animals are chipped these days.  Then if they find a chip, they check real carefully for scars from spay surgery on females, to make sure they don’t put an animal through an unnecessary surgery.  That just seems like the vet went about the whole thing in a terrible way.

That said, you took the high road, and if you do get another cat, just keep it inside full time.  It’ll make your life a lot easier.

And if I were you, I’d never ever give that vet my business ever.

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