Staying home, not seeing friends and family, queueing to get into supermarkets... There are a number of unwelcome changes to life as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic but one of the most unsavoury is the rise in pet thefts.
It seems that while people are staying home more than ever, the demand for dogs and cats has risen and with it the number of opportunist pet thefts.
And now, in order to put a stop to the huge numbers of cat thefts occurring, the UK government are considering making cat microchipping compulsory. Owners who fail to get their cat microchipped could face fines of up to £500.
According to a dedicated task force set up by the government, a whopping 2.6 million cats are not microchipped in the UK, making them easy targets for thieves.
Keep owners and pets safe
It is a requirement by law for dogs to be chipped and animal campaigners have been trying to get a similar law passed to make feline microchips mandatory for some time.
The government are also considering a ban on cash purchases of pets to prevent black market sellers from profiting.
Would you be willing to microchip your cat? Or, perhaps the real question is, can you afford not to?