Cats Protection, the UK’s largest cat charity, is calling for microchipping to become compulsory for pet cats, as it already is for dogs, a measure which would significantly improve feline welfare in the UK.
James Sunderland said: “I’m pleased to support Cats Protection’s campaign for compulsory microchipping of pet cats. Ensuring all pet cats are microchipped would be an important step in improving the welfare of one of the nation’s best-loved pets.”
Microchipping is a safe, permanent and cost-effective method of identification which ensures cats can be reunited with their owner should they go missing. It means lost cats are not mistaken as strays and taken in by rehoming charities.
Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said: “Microchipping is an essential part of responsible pet ownership, and ensuring it is compulsory for cats would give them the same protection as dogs. We are delighted that so many politicians have pledged support for this important animal welfare issue, and look forward to working together in the future.”
Cats Protection is the UK’s largest cat charity, helping around 200,000 cats every year through a network of around 230 volunteer-run branches and 37 centres.
Cat lovers can back Cats Protection’s campaign for compulsory microchipping of owned cats by signing its petition at www.cats.org.uk/microchippingpetition
To find out more about the charity, please visit www.cats.org.uk