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I.D. Tattooing

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by maisiecat, Jan 3, 2012.


  1. maisiecat

    maisiecat PetForums VIP

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    Just wondering if anyone (in the UK in particular) has had their cat tattoo'd?

    I was thinking that if the ears were not too dark it might be a quicker way to see if the cat had ID than scanning for a chip.

    Does it work well enough on black ears?

    A while ago during a check up I asked the vet to check the microchip and he couldn't find it at first as it had moved, it made me think about a back up plan. A marked ear would be easier to spot, no need to take the cat to a rescue or vet for scanning and wouldn't migrate.
     
  2. Colette

    Colette PetForums VIP

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    My cats have the usual microchips but the dog came ready tattooed. I would think the inside of the ear should be fine even on a black cat as their is relatively little hair there.
     
  3. Douglas

    Douglas PetForums Newbie

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    Ouch! I think a collar with info plus microchip would be simpler and a bit cheaper. Where do you get this done?
     
  4. Golgotha_tramp

    Golgotha_tramp PetForums Senior

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    I think that, bearing in mind all sedation causes risk, that if a cat was having a procedure at the same time (spay etc) then having tattoo ID at the same time could be a good idea. I wouldn't, however, sedate only to tattoo.

    I would worry that the healing process on the ear could be very annoying for an animal (as it would itch like a mo-fo), which could cause complications from scratching.

    I would also say that the effectiveness on black skin in animals would be similar to the effectiveness on dark skin in humans. I have a friend that has a tattoo and is very dark and you only really see the sheen of the scar tissue.

    I can see why it has taken off in other countries but it's not very common in the UK (I don't think).
     
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