30,000 cats simply disappear

Of the 150,000 cats which go missing in the Netherlands every year, 30,000 are never seen again, says animal protection group Dierenbescherming.

To make it easier to trace missing them, cats should all be fitted with a micro chip, the organisation says. Dogs will have to be chipped from 2011 but there are no plans to introduce a similar system for cats.

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