Every cat should have a cat ID tag, or identification tag, whether it is an indoor only cat, an indoor/outdoor cat, or an outdoor only cat! There are many styles, sizes, shapes, and materials to choose from in cat ID tags. Here are some tips to help you choose the right one!Desirable Features in a Cat ID Tag Durable
Easy to clean
Ideal Choice for a Cat ID Tag
The ideal choice is a permanently engraved plastic or metal cat ID tag with your cat's name and your phone number. They are durable and easy to clean. These are available by mail or at do-it-yourself kiosks.
Shopping Tips for Buying a Cat ID Tag
A cat ID tag should be one of your first purchases for any pet. If you don't know your pets name yet, create a tag that says “help me home” with your phone number. Consider adding the word “reward” to give extra encouragement to the finder.
Some collars can be custom imprinted or embroidered with your cat's name and even your telephone number, which is a great alternative to the typical cat ID tag. Remember, the best collars have a quick release incase your cat gets caught on something, they do not become “stuck”. For more information on choosing the best collar for your cat, click here. (INSERT LINK).
Keep information on your cat ID tag accurate and up-to-date. If you move or change your phone number, obtain new tags without delay. If you're traveling or relocating, consider getting a special set of tags with your cell phone number or the phone number of a trusted friend or relative.
Consider identification tag systems that offer registration and a toll free number to call in the event your pet is lost.
More Tips on Cat Identification
Supplement your cat ID tag with a microchip. Identification tags can get your pet home quickly when found locally. However, if your pet loses his collar or tag, most likely he will eventually end up at the pound or local emergency clinic where the first thing they will do is scan for a microchip.
Many cats are picked up as “strays” or trapped because they aren't wearing collars, or their collars do not carry any identifying tags. Remember: Identification is your cat's ticket home. Get him or her an ID tag to help ensure their safety.