Kitten ID Tag

ID tags are designed to help identify kittens if they get lost.

Should you get your new kitten an ID tag?

Not quite yet, since he is still an infant and won’t be going anywhere except exploring inside your home.

When he becomes a little older and wants to start exploring outside, that’s the time when an ID tag would be a must.

Besides, where are you going to put the tag, since the kitten is too young to wear a collar? What are my options for an ID tag?

The basic tag is made of metal or plastic and has an area where important information about your pet can be written. At a minimum, you should include the name of the pet, your home address, and contact number on the ID tag, so that the person who finds him can get in touch with you. In addition, the ID tag should be weather-proof so that the information won’t wash off if it rains.

The disadvantage of tags is that they can fall off, particularly with kittens that are always climbing up things and squeezing through narrow spaces. One option that can address this problem is to use a collar that has the name of your pet and your contact information engraved on the buckle. This reduces the risk that the cat will lose the ID tag unless he somehow can remove the collar.

Apart from the basic ID tag, your other option is to have your kitten microchipped. This high-tech form of ID tagging involves inserting a micro-transponder that is inserted under the skin of your pet. The transponder is keyed to a unique ID number, and before insertion, the chip is scanned again to ensure that the ID number of the transponder matches that given on the package. It is generally painless and takes just a few seconds.

Once the chip has been inserted, the pet is scanned to check that the chip is functioning. You will then register your kitten online with an appropriate agency, providing them with the necessary contact and health information about your pet.
If your pet is found, any agency with a microchip reader can scan the pet to acquire the information and reunite you with your kitten.

How old does your kitten need to be before he can be microchipped?

Some pet owners have it done when the cat is spayed or neutered, which can be as young as eight weeks old.

If you intend for your kitten to be an indoor cat, should you still give him a collar and tag?

Yes, since kittens can get out of your house and get lost, and there would be no way to tell if they were strays or pets. One study showed that around 40% of the lost cats in a particular community lived indoors; and if you think your kitten won’t wear a collar, try it, since three out of four cats actually will wear them. All you need is patience and to introduce the collar gradually so the cat will have positive associations with it.