Injured Cat Reunited With Owners, Thanks to Microchip

Thomas the cat will go home with his owners soon.

Posted: June 23, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT

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On June 18, a Good Samaritan brought an injured tabby cat to the Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn. The cat’s injuries — head trauma and a fractured jaw — seemed to indicate that the cat had been hit by a car.

As part of a routine procedure, veterinary technicians scanned the cat with a hand-held scanner to check for microchip identification. The cat did indeed have a microchip, and the owners were immediately contacted. Thomas the cat’s owners came to the hospital right away to check on their pet and help tend to his care. Thomas is expected to recover well and soon will go home with his family.

Thomas’ case drives home the importance of having microchips implanted in cats and dogs, the veterinarians at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital said. Even indoor cats can benefit, as they may slip out an opened door during warm weather months. At your cat’s next well-check exam, ask your veterinarian about the simple, painless procedure to insert a microchip.

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Cathy    Hubbard, OH

8/4/2008 7:12:54 AM

My Ms. Howie has to go in for her annual checkup. I am going to ask about the microchip (and they are indoor kitties only).

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

1/29/2008 5:13:01 AM

I am glad there are other people out there that will stop and help an injured animal. I stopped my car in the middle of a road and grabbed a cat that had been hit and rushed her to a vet. Unfortunately, her owners will never know what happened to her as she died just as we got there. I hope she knew we were trying to help her though. I would like to microchip all my cats, which are indoor cats only.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

12/18/2007 6:12:39 AM

Nice story with a happy ending. I am going to check into microchipping for my kitties. This story does show that you should keep your kitties indoors. It is nice to see good people out there helping animals. My friend and I scooped a kitty off the road in the middle of traffic and rushed her to a vets. Unfortunately, she died as we got there. I hope I was able to offer her some comfort before she passed. The sad thing is, her people will never know what happened to her.

Donna    Jacksonville, FL

6/25/2007 8:36:30 PM

So happy to see owner and Thomas were reunited. Hopefully more owners will use microchips even for those cats that never go out. Ha, it's amazing how quick they can slip out a door! And thanks to the good Samaritan who took the little gu y to the vet. Bless you

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