Microchipping your cat is the most responsible thing to do as a cat owner. Microchips provide personal information including your address and telephone number, meaning that if your cat ever goes missing and is found, they can be scanned and brought back to you safely. Most people who find a lost cat will bring the cat to a veterinary practice or rescue centre. Routinely in these facilities, we scan lost pets for microchips, enabling us to find information in order to identify the owner. This helps us reunite people with their furry friends.
What is a microchip?
A microchip is a small, rice-shaped package of computer circuitry, which is injected under the skin, in the region of the shoulder/neck of your cat, by the vet. Although most commonly placed in kittens, a microchip can be placed at any point in your cat’s life. The application is very quick.
Microchips are much better than an ID tag on a collar. Collars may get caught on things, causing them to fall off, and will need replacing throughout your cat’s life as they get scratched and become illegible. Microchips stay within your cat for their whole life. If you need the details stored on the microchip to be changed, you simply log in online and alter the details associated with your microchip number. The process is very easy and inexpensive.
Microchips help to reunite cats with owners every day.
It is rare for cats to purposely run away from home, however, there are multiple reasons cats fail to return home. Cats can accidentally get lost, get stolen, get carried away whilst hunting, be bullied away from their home by local cats or become attracted to another cat who lives far away from home.
If a cat becomes frightened, their natural instinct is to bolt. With Halloween and Bonfire Night quickly approaching, we urge you to quickly get your pets microchipped. It may be advised to keep your pets indoors on these days of the year too, although you can never be sure when frights can occur so microchipping your cat is the safest option.
Losing your cat is an unpredictable event – it can happen to anyone – and unfortunately, it’s all too common that a terrified pet runs away and is never found. Some cats may not be able to find their way home once they have bolted, others may be too frightened to return. If you have recently moved house, your cat will find it especially difficult to return to you, as they haven’t yet reprogrammed their internal “cat nav” to know where their new home is.
Is it required by law?
The importance of the microchip has been highlighted, as it has been proposed to become a legal requirement for all cats within the United Kingdom to have one. This proposal has followed the canine compulsory regulations which recently came into place. So, although it’s not a legal requirement yet, it might well become so soon!
How much does it cost?
Microchips are part of the Pet Health Plan, so if you’re a member, it’s free! Otherwise, give us a ring for the latest prices.
Are there any other advantages?
Yes, actually, there are! Microchipping your cat enables your cat to travel outside the country as part of the Pet Passport and rabies vaccination regulations (even after a no-deal Brexit, it would still be a requirement). In addition, some specialised cat flaps use the microchip to recognise your cat before opening the cat flap. This reduces the risks of home invasion by other cats that come with having a freely opening cat flap.
To conclude, microchipping your cat is a safe, quick, simple procedure which provides multiple extremely helpful benefits! There are few reasons not to get your cat microchipped.