Feline ID

It’s common for people to let their cats out on the street. They are independent animals and, rule of thumb, know how to take care of themselves. But they do occasionally get lost – for instance, because they are frightened by some noise and run, only stopping when they get to a place that they are not familiar with.

Today, while on my walk,  I found a cat that I had never seen before. It’s hard to know what to do in these situations. On the one hand, I didn’t want to fall into the trap of taking home an animal that might belong to someone else, and was just out for a walk. On the other hand, I didn’t want to take the risk of leaving a lost animal out in the cold and in the middle of the road – by appearance and bearing, she was clearly a house cat.

I ended up bringing the cat home because she followed me and kept asking me hold her, which led me to believe that she had either been lost or abandoned.

I can’t help but wonder how helpful it would have been if the owner had put a collar on the cat. Yes, cats do not like collars very much at first, but they get used to it; and it’s a good way to help us help you, if the critter ever goes missing.

Guys, spread the word: collars are not just for dogs.