People urged to microchip their pets

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RESIDENTS in Ashfield are being urged to microchip their pets after it was revealed that the number of stray cats reported is increasing.

Officials at Ashfield District Council say the number of stray cats reported in the district is steadily growing and say that the problem could be solved if people have their pets microchipped.

A spokeswoman said: “Whereas collars and tags can be removed from the cat, a microchip is permanent and hidden under the skin.

“This will greatly improve the chances of the cat being reunited with its owner if found.”

Microchipping is painless for the cat and involves inserting a chip under the skin by a registered vet.

A pet has its own code and can be reunited with its owner if it is lost.

Cats can be microchipped for around £20 at most vets, while the council is also offering a similar service for dogs at a reduced rate of £15. The RSPCA recommends that many animals are chipped.

• For details on microchipping visit www.ashfield-dc.gov.uk or www.rspca.org.