I lost my cat in July 2019, and after a few months we assumed it was unfortunately eaten by a coyote.
These days on local Facebook groups I've seen pictures of somebody looking for their lost pets. I was a bit shaken because the cat was absolutely identical in pictures.
My cat had a chip and I have the paperwork.
I have zero proof whatsoever, but I am thinking about the hypothetical case where this "lost cat" seen on Facebook would be actually mine, from a neighbor that had taken custody and care of him when they found him lost.
In this hypothetical situation, what kind of action do I have? Can I request and identification of the cat (I'd have to be in contact of the person that claims it's theirs)? Can I involve authorities?
The cat had its chip implanted in France and I now live in California. The cat was lost in California. I have not registered the chip in the US, I don't know if there a procedure to do so. The cat was lost once (and recovered) in California before, and a shelter was able to read the chip and indicate that it was a French chip. So the chip is compatible, but it may or may be not registered in public databases (I don't even know if there is a worldwide or unique source of chips and database).