BLUE Mountains City Council and the RSPCA are encouraging residents to be responsible pet owners and is offering free microchipping for cats for the month of June.
The RSPCA received about 65,000 cats in 2010 and 2011.
However, only just over 2000 were reclaimed.
“The problem of lost cats is easily solved,” mayor Daniel Myles said.
“All you have to do is get your cat microchipped.
“Microchipping and registering your cat is required by law.
“It is also responsible pet ownership.”
Microchipped cats are guaranteed a faster reunion with their owners.
Besides the emotional relief for owners it also saves you from the costs of collection, kennelling, impounding and possible euthanasia of your pet.
Microchipping your cat can also be an advantage in the event of a bushfire or other emergency where pets may be separated from owners.
Free microchipping is available for the month of June at the RSPCA at 121-125 Mort Street Katoomba, on any Sunday, Monday and Tuesday between 10am and 3pm.
Residents are encouraged to advantage of this limited offer.
No booking is necessary.
“There is also the problem of unwanted cats, with many pre-loved pets becoming feral cats after being abandoned and left to roam the streets and bushland,” Cr Myles said.
The RSPCA and Blue Mountains City Council encourage residents to think carefully before becoming cat owners.
Contact Council’s Ranger Services on 4780 5531 for information on pet registration and microchipping.