A SIMPLE microchip has reunited a missing kitten found under a car bonnet with his owners.
A member of the public contacted the RSPCA after hearing the black and white kitten under a car bonnet in Mumbles, Swansea, on Saturday [9 May].
Luckily, the kitten was able to escape his tricky predicament and the caller was able to keep him safe until the RSPCA arrived.
RSPCA animal collection officer Ellie West said: “Luckily he was microchipped and I could contact the owners straight away.
“It was a great happy ending. It really was a lovely reunion with the owners and especially for their four-year-old daughter who was delighted.
“He had being missing for five days and he must have travelled some distance under the bonnet of the car as he had been missing from the Llansamlet area and was found in Mumbles.
“The owners were sensible enough to have him neutered and microchipped already and had used a £5 neutering scheme.”
Domino’s owner Kim Dodd said that the kitten, who is six months old, had been missing for five days.
“We put it on Facebook but we didn’t hear anything,” she said. “When Ellie rang I just burst into tears.
“It was amazing to have him back home. Maisy, my daughter, was so excited to see him. We’d like to thank the family who looked after Domino.
“It was so lucky he was checked to see if he had a microchip. I didn’t want to let him out without it. I feel that if people can afford to feed their cat they can afford to have them chipped.”
The RSPCA would like to remind people to get their pets microchipped to give their pets the best chance of being identified and returned home should they become lost.
The RSPCA also urges owners to get their cats spayed to protect them from getting pregnant. It can also help protect them from developing potentially deadly diseases of the ovaries and uterus.
Male cats that haven’t been neutered are also more likely to roam and fight, putting them at risk of injury, infected wounds and contracting diseases, including FIV – the feline equivalent of HIV. For more information visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/cats/health/neutering/
If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).
RSPCA Branch Llys Nini is running a cat neutering scheme in the SA1 – SA10 area in conjunction with others
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This quick procedure places a small chip, the size of a grain of rice, underneath the animal’s skin. The owner’s details and a unique code are stored on the chip and can be revealed by a special scanner which is routinely used by RSPCA inspectors, dog wardens and vets.
The code links to the PetLog database that contains the necessary contact information to ensure a fast and foolproof way of tracing an owner. This means that should a cat or dog go missing, their owners can be identified more quickly and easily. Owners are responsible for updating their contact details on the PetLog database.