Microchipping Your Cat

Cat with a computer

Microchipping is a quick, easy and one-off injection which places a tiny microchip under the skin of the scruff of the neck. Each microchip carries a unique number which can be read by a portable scanner and will allow the authorities to contact you should your cat become lost or stolen, and may help in any dispute regarding ownership.

Why should I have my cat microchipped?

  • Should your cat become lost, the microchip system will help to return him/her to you with the minimum of delay before being re-homed or even destroyed. This is particularly important if your cat is seriously injured.
  • The microchip is a permanent means of identifying your cat. Collars and tags, however useful, can easily be lost.
  • Cats travelling abroad are required to be microchipped as part of the Pet Travel Scheme.

How can I be traced if my cat is found?

Your information is kept for life on our practice computer system and a National Database and the fee for this is included in the cost of the implantation. If your cat is found and its chip number identified, it is a relatively easy matter to reunite you. The chips comply with the International Standard (ISO) and so can be recognised by scanners abroad.

What if my personal details change?

Whilst the microchip with its unique number will remain with your pet for life, it is possible to update your personal details on the National Database as and when required.

Can microchips have side effects?

A European reporting system which monitors reactions to microchip implantation has failed to identify any significant problems in the last 6 years.

Key points for cat microchipping:

  • Microchips are the best method of permanently identifying your cat
  • They are safe, practical and effective
  • There is one database for all microchips
  • They can be implanted at any age
  • Implantation takes a few minutes and does not require sedation or anesthesia
  • Microchips are required as part of the Pet Travel Scheme

 

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