From days ago we see a cat that is unknown in our garden. We meow, and we cry. We give food and eat. Seems accustomed to being with people and he’s not afraid.
Who thinks that the cat has searched for a owner and stay with him, you will be acting wrong, says Uwe Tiedemann, a veterinarian and president of the Chamber of Veterinarians germany. «Anyone who finds an animal, you should report it, put ads,» he says.
In Germany, in fact, not to do so would contravene the law and who thus act, may be punished. Another thing is when is an animal that has no owner, for example a wild cat. But these animals, generally, do not come close to the people.
«A cat found there is a cat without owner, unlike a cat from the street. Belongs to someone who may have escaped, for example, or it may have been abandoned,» explains Ursula Bauer, of the German association Action Animal – People for Animals.
Cats that have escaped or have been abandoned are usually relatively tame and are well cared for: his fur shines and they are well fed. But many do not know that should not simply stay with these animals.
«Interestingly, a lot of people don’t have it clear when it comes to cats. However, when he finds a dog that is lost, almost no one is left simply with him,» says Bauer.
What is there to do when one is crossed with a cat? «Usually, a lost cat comes from some place in the neighborhood, so I advise to ask», says the vet Tiedemann.
Many cats, however, can travel kilometres. Melitta Töller, of the humane German Vier Pfoten (four paws), points out that there are times when we see cats in gardens of others that however have a home and owner.
«Many cats regularly visit the same places in their territory. Therefore, a cat appears several times in the garden does not mean I will not be home,» he says.
Anyone who finds a cat, the first thing you should do is to go to the vet or to an animal shelter to look at if you are identified with a chip. «With the chip, if it is registered, you can immediately find the owner,» says Tiedemann. It is something that in your query, you see a lot.
The microchip that puts the animals under the skin is not visible, but with a special device can read the number it carries. «I advise all the world to put the chip in the animal and register it», says the veterinarian. «If the animal is lost and is found, locate its owner, it will be easy,» he adds.
In many countries there is no general obligation to put a microchip in the cat and register it, but it is advisable to do so. «Who has a cat that likes to go out of house, you must keep in mind that the animal may appear to have no owner at some point and someone can get,» warns Bauer.
So, animal lovers with a cat in your garden, you should always have in mind that you should not keep it for good. On the one hand, by a matter of law and, on the other hand, emotional components.
«Anyone with an animal, he should think that maybe at the other end of the city there is someone very sad because your pet has gone missing and not know where it is,» indicates Bauer.