PSA: 1. In researching microchips, we’ve discovered that some microchips operate on different frequencies and so some scanners may pick this up and some may not. It may be worth double checking with different vets, you might save someone’s broken heart.
2. When you get your pet microchipped, the chip itself is useless until you register your cat with the microchip provider’s database. It’s extremely difficult to track the original owners without registering, and most vets and shelters don’t have the resources to follow the meagre scraps left on the trail.
Register your chips!
I’m writing this on the morning of the kitten’s third day with us.
This blog came about because a few of my friends on Facebook expressed that they’d like to have somewhere to read my posts about the kitten.
A bit of background:
My wife and I live with our friend and lodger. Before meeting my wife, I had adopted a very handsome and brilliant cat, Orlando, who, after a difficult period of adjustment, fell in love with my wife as much as she had fallen in love with us.
Orlando, at the approximate age of eight years old, developed very aggressive liver cancer and passed away on Wednesday 24th May 2017 after we decided that we couldn’t put him through the inevitable decline any further.
It’s only a week later, and our feelings are still a whirl of confusion and distress. We’re still grieving for him.
But earlier this week, we heard of a cat who needed a home through a friend of my wife’s. After some consideration over what would happen to our bruised emotions if we did take her in, we went to visit her. That visit resulted in us taking her home.
Her name is Willow, and she’s around 8 months old (which is why she is referred to as ‘the kitten’). The very good people we took her in from had taken her to the vet to have her scanned for a chip, which the vet stated there wasn’t, and spayed. She has had a litter of kittens, but doesn’t seek them out, and they were unable to be located.
I’m not a cat expert, I just love the animals, and some of her behaviour lends me to think that she has been on her own out there for some time. She hides her food once she has eaten some of it, she’s easily woken, she loathes the cat box for travel and she can be unsure of new things. Despite all that, she is a brave, tough little cookie and she has a great many quirks that we’re learning about as we go.
We took her to the vet, who did find a chip (please see point one of the PSA!), but this was unregistered and whoever her original owners are can’t be traced (please see point two of the PSA!).
So, she’s our kitten, or we’re her humans. These are her chronicles as we learn about her and she comes to grips with life and the trauma of having two mums.