Choosing a Pet Identification Tag for Your Catahoula Cur

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How to Pick an ID Tag for Your Catahoula CurChoosing a pet identification tag for your Catahoula Cur is like buying insurance – you do it with the hopes that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a pet ID tag is more costly than the “real cost” of buying the pet tag itself.

The kind of pet identification tag that you buy is crucial, so take five minutes or so to think it through. Whimsically purchasing a collar tag just because it’s inexpensive or trendy usually proves to be a regret, in the long term.

Consider the following prior to choosing any pet id tag for your Catahoula Cur:
1.What is the level of risk to your Catahoula Cur?
Lost Catahoula Curs are certainly common – we’ve all seen “Lost Catahoula Cur!” signs tacked around the city, or dead Catahoula Curs lying on the edge of the road. If your Catahoula Cur is a pro at jumping the fence, or can’t help tracking a scent, or youthful and energetic, or is not correctly trained, the risk of a lost Catahoula Cur is high.

But losing your Catahoula Cur isn’t the only risk.

Sometimes Catahoula Curs are stolen. A pet thief may take Rover or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in dog fights (even small or gentle dogs are at risk – they can be used for “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.

And what is the risk to your Catahoula Cur if something were to happen to you, the owner?

If you’re a senior citizen with a Catahoula Cur, especially if you live alone or are in poor health, there’s a high chance that at some point someone else may need to care for your furry friend, maybe with little notice. And anyone can be hit with a disaster or tragedy which leaves you unable to care for your Catahoula Cur.

In this case, will your Catahoula Cur’s temporary or new caregiver know that Spot hates cats, or needs medicine, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A pet ID tag that has more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.

2.What amount of danger are you comfortable with?
Some Catahoula Curs are simply more important to their owners, and the chance of losing that particular animal calls for a specific, more expensive kind of pet identification tag. Risk is proportionate to value.

Note that there are multiple ways to calculate the value of your Catahoula Cur. It may be monetary (e.g., a purebred Catahoula Cur) or functional (e.g., a guide dog).

However for most Catahoula Cur owners, the companionship attachment they have with their companion sets its value. For many people, Catahoula Curs are like family, dearly loved and impossible to replace.

3.From your responses to the two previous queries, what do you require of a pet ID tag?

Pet ID tags come in various materials, shapes and sizes and can contain varying amounts of info. Some contain artwork or logos, as well. Many pet identification tags are designed to be attached to a collar.

At the minimum, a pet identification tag should contain the address, phone number and name of the Catahoula Cur’s owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are light but chewed easily. Stainless steel tags don’t rust or fade and are durable. These customary types of tags can gotten from any vet or pet store. They’re economical yet the amount of info they can display is limited to the size of the tag.

Fortunately, you have many more options for pet identification tags for your Catahoula Cur these days, such as tattooing, microchipping, digital display tags, voice recorded pet identification tags, and pet registry websites.

One of the recent entries in the pet identification game is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your pet’s collar (or is attached to their kennel) and which can hold 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be used in any computer, where it is readily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your veterinarian or pet sitter. There are also bluetooth trackers, but their range is limited, due to bluetooth technological limits.

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Catahoula Curs

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