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Pets - Expensive and Not Necessary? Only a few Büsis are chipped

Expensive and not necessary? Only a few Büsis are chipped

In February, the Swiss vets offer chipping cats at a lower price. The campaign aims to encourage cardholders to chip their pets.

Much fewer cats are chipped and registered than dogs. In 2011 there were almost 45,000 new cats. All in all, more than 240,000 animals are registered as living across Switzerland. With a population of around 1.4 million cats (2014), this is relatively little. What the cause of it might be?

On the one hand, certainly because of the lack of labeling and registration requirements for cats by their owners. Cats must be marked with an ISO-compliant microchip (15-digit number without letters) and carry a pet ID card to cross the border - but unlike dogs, the animals do not have to be registered with Anis AG or Amicus (only for dogs) at the same time be. Because only very few cats travel, identification and registration are not even an issue for most house cat owners.

Many cat owners see no need to microchip their flatmates, housemates and farm mates at the vet and have them voluntarily registered in a central database. Probably also because of the additional costs that the procedure entails.

Cheaper in February

Implanting a microchip and registering with Anis AG costs around 90 francs for cats, for example as part of a consultation with the veterinarian about vaccinations. A cat chip campaign is now being carried out at all veterinarians in Switzerland throughout February. Chipping the cat costs around 15 francs less than usual this month.

Cat owners should increasingly be encouraged to chip their bus. But anyone who now believes that the veterinary clinics are being overrun by cat owners willing to use chips is mistaken. A small survey of some veterinary clinics showed that the demand was also within the usual range this month.

There are various reasons why cat owners think so little of a complete registration. If you consider that the majority of cats today are kept purely as indoor cats, it is understandable that a chargeable identification and registration does not make much sense here - in addition to the additional stress on the animal from transport and visits to the vet.

"Outdoor fans" should be chipped

It is completely different with the so-called outdoor cats. These are animals that move freely on the grounds of their home and in the wild. The identification by means of a microchip and the subsequent registration in the central Anis pet database definitely make sense here.

If such outdoor animals were then identified and registered as found cats or animals found dead, the keepers could be informed immediately about the whereabouts of their animals. All veterinary practices and animal shelters are now equipped with the appropriate reading devices.

Animals that are registered with Anis AG can be returned to their owners within a very short time. And even the sad news that an animal has been found dead is surely preferred by a keeper than an endless, desperate search and the constant uncertainty as to where the missing Büsi has gone.

Readers on the parishes?

Unfortunately, so far only a few municipalities have their own scanners for reading the microchip codes. In many communities there does not seem to be any clear rules on how to deal with cats who have had an accident. In many cases, reading devices are not routinely checked at the carcass collection points or when they are collected at the roadside to determine whether the affected cat is even identified.

This is particularly annoying for the cat owner if he has had his cat chipped and registered by the vet as a precaution and then waits in vain for a call or notification after his beloved four-legged friend has gone away.

Keeper inquiries at Anis AG are possible around the clock: Municipalities receive access to the pet database at any time and the 0900 emergency number can also be dialed outside of office hours.