Most cats won’t keep collars on for long. A microchip is a small computer chip (about the size of a grain of rice) that holds only a number. This number links your cat to you should he get lost. When a scanner is held over the chip, the number can be read on the screen. Getting lost used to mean that cats were usually not reunited with their owners. Microchips (radio frequency identification device RFID) changed that. The chip is injected with a special device under the skin. You register its unique ID number on a website with contact information. The link is now set between you and your cat. Fire season taught us that indoor cats should be microchipped, too.
My next two blog entries will focus on appetite disorders in cats. Part 1 will discuss loss of appetite, and part 2 will discuss increased appetite. Remember, as always, that the vets at Chico Hospital for Cats are always happy to help you with you cat’s health needs.
A depressed appetite in the cat can occur for many medical reasons, and is not specific to any one disease. Kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, dental disease, GI tract pain, GI tract inflammation, urinary tract disease, musculoskeletal pain, anxiety,