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If cat goes missing in Zug

Our cat microchipped - it was done in the US and registered at HomeAgain. Up until now, she's strayed no further than our back yard, but we recently had a scare and she was gone for 2 days, but returned. Her yard privileges have been curtailed! If she had not returned, can anyone tell me what I could do? Is there a database in CH I would check with? A local shelter? Hopefully, it won't happen again, but I want to know for the future. Thanks!
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Re: If cat goes missing in Zug

http://www.anis.ch Here you register your cat before it actually goes missing so they can find you even if you did not know something happened to your cat.

https://www.stmz.ch/de/. Here you register missing animals

I btw assume that your American chip is readable by Swiss chipreaders (as is demanded by import)
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Re: If cat goes missing in Zug

Please do as Edwin suggests and register your cat' chip with ANIS. This is the first place any shelter or vet practice will look.

Registration in a system outside of Switzerland provides almost no protection here. International databases are difficult, and sometimes impossible, for a finder to use here - and since chip registration is not mandatory here few finders would think to check an international database if no hit came up in ANIS.

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Additionally, does your cat's collar have your info on it? Often a finder who is not a pet owner him or herself might not know about microchipping and will look for information on a collar. Some owners have something printed/stitched on the collar itself, rather than a disc that could become dislodged. Some have 'Contact ANIS' on the collar as well. Belts and braces, so to speak.

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If the cat is lost the first stop, as Edwin points out, is the STMZ reporting system. Second step is to plaster your area in posters (make sure you know where this is forbidden) and personally go to every vet practice* and every shelter in reasonable distance to deliver a flyer and ask to be contacted if a cat matching your description is brought in. Also contact the police - non-emergency of course - as some people make still reports with them.

In all cases, to avoid confusion have several photos of your cat on your flyer rather than simply a written description.

* FYI: In your area (more or less) the Ennetseeklinik in Hünenberg, as the area's 24/7 emergency clinic, is a place that many might think to bring a cat found injured. It's a good idea to have their contact info filed away.

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Finally, the next time you are at your vet, have the chip checked. Chips can migrate, and in a few cases stop functioning. If the chip has moved to a non-standard place, note that on the ANIS database.

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Glad your kitty is home safe now!
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