Vet’s tip is get them chipped

Smokey the cat with Armadale Byford Vet Hospital veterinarian nurse Felicity Kelleher. Picture: Matt Jelonek d408800
Smokey the cat with Armadale Byford Vet Hospital veterinarian nurse Felicity Kelleher. Picture: Matt Jelonek d408800

‘After lots of TLC she has recovered and staff are desperately looking for her owner,’ practice manager Glenda Miller said.

‘From November 1 all cats must be microchipped and if Smokey had been her owner could have been found, saving a lot of unnecessary stress.’

Under the new laws, all pet cats over six months old need to be sterilised, microchipped and registered with local councils.

Cat Haven marketing officer Chandra Woodley said the shelter was receiving more and more enquiries and urged people unsure of the new laws to check with their council.

‘We encourage people to microchip their cat. It’s a simple, painless procedure and it’s the best way to make sure your cat makes it home safely if it ever gets lost,’ she said.

Smokey was wearing a brown leather collar with no tags. If you are or know her owner, call the vet on 9399 4299.