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Cat collars and tags can pose a risk to active cats. There have been cases of cats being hanged or strangled when collars get caught, or injured by getting jaws or legs caught in collars.

Some cats are very good at removing collars, leaving them unidentified. Cat bells do not necessarily save wildlife because a quietly stalking cat does not ring the bells.

Microchipping is useful because animals who reach a vet or animal shelter can be reunited with their owners.

loriHowever, to make microchipping compulsory is a major financial burden on low income earners.

There is also a problem of verification; unless cats are friendly with strangers, they have to be trapped in order to be scanned and scanners don't read chips through the wire cages.