I know, most of you celebrate Valentine’s Day, but it’s also Pet Theft Awareness Day.
It’s unlikely that someone steals a normal domestic cat. However, I’m afraid that someone could keep my girls if they showed up on their doorstep. I’m for once not hysterical, but realistic: Do you remember Jeanny, the tortie cat of my friend Ashley?
Jeanny disappeared for several weeks last year. Ashley learned eventually that Jeanny had moved in to another family. Can you believe that they had bought a scratch tree, toys and tons of food? They thought that Jeanny was a stray. And yes, Jeanny is microchipped, but they had never heard of microchipping.
We can probably agree upon that this family is lame – it’s common sense to contact a vet or shelter when you find a pet. However, it’s a fact that most people have never heard of microchipping. Tessa and Kajsa have additionally a small tatoo in their ears, but it’s hard to see it.
I’ve written my phone number on their harnesses, as well as Help, I’m not an outdoor cat. I attached a capsule with my name and number. I also enclosed a lie as most people don’t want to take care of special needs pets: I’ve diabetes and need medicine every day. Please contact my human or a vet as soon as you read this. I know, it’s neurotic, but it calms me down. However, I don’t want them to wear a collar all the time, so my precautions don’t help if they manage to get out without their harnesses.
And Jeanny? Her “new family” couldn’t understand that Ashley didn’t want to sell Jeanny to them. They still take care of her. Jeanny has been an indoor-outdoors cat for over 12 years, and of course she didn’t agree to become an inside cat. So Ashley has accepted that Jeanny has now two families – and Jeanny is happy, because she loves both.