Unlike fancy pants litter boxes, here is a cat accessory we can all get behind.
Cate is a long time commenter on this blog and runs a Blanket ID which provides super smart ID tags for dogs and cats.
Her idea is as nifty as it is simple. Each tag comes with a unique code number which you use to register your pets details online. If anyone finds your pet, they simply go to www.blanketid.com, put in the code number and lo and behold, they can find all your pet’s contact details and any other useful information such as special diet or allergies and vet contact details.
It’s better than microchipping (though our cats came chipped from the shelter) as the tags can easily be read by members of the public, and the online data storage allows you to store a lot more information than would fit on a normal collar tag. It’s also easier to keep information such as phone numbers and email addresses up to date rather than having to have collar tags re-engraved.
As final bonus, if your pet does go missing, the online service means you can quickly print off ‘Lost’ posters, and BlanketID automatically contacts vets and shelters in your area. Your first year’s registration on the site is included in the price of your tag. Thereafter BlanketID charges a small annual subscription that includes a donation to their own pet charity.
Aside from all this goodness, the tags are also beautifully designed, and come in a bunch of colours and styles.
The Minx of course chose the girliest ones she could find for Flora and Harriet, which proved to be a bit of a mistake as we have recently found out that Flora is in fact Prince Florian, though we will still be calling him Flora for short (yep, you’re probably as confused as I am, and he is, by this).
Here’s Harriet modelling her tag.
I think Flora, on the other hand, may be rather embarrassed by his, as this was the only unblurry picture I was able to get.
Full Disclosure : Cate sent me a couple of tags to try for free. Don’t tell her but she didn’t need to do that as I think it’s a fabulous idea and would have bought some anyway. Thanks Cate!