A cat brought to a London veterinarian has found its way home after going missing five months ago in Columbus.
The feline was brought to Sheffield Veterinary Hospital last week by a London resident who found it on her property.
A bit on the thin side, staff planned to test the animal for intestinal parasites and check its overall health. As part of protocol, staff members checked for a microchip and discovered that the seemingly stray cat wasn’t a stray at all, it was simply lost.
Staff discovered that the animal did indeed have a microchip and were able to contact the cat’s owners, who had been looking for their cat, Agnes, since October.
Microchipping is a permanent form of identification for pets, according to practice manager Heather Shingler.
While collars and tags can fall off, the microchip, which is the size of a grain of rice and can be inserted in an outpatient procedure, never falls off and lasts a lifetime.
Most veterinarians will microchip pets and all humane societies, dog wardens and practices check for a microchip on stray animals.
Reach Erin Thompson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615.