We answer the most frequently asked questions around microchipping for cats, so you can book your microchipping appointment with peace of mind. Recently laws have been decided (coming into force in 2023) which require cat owners to have their cats microchipped by 20 weeks old or face penalties. Book your microchip today!
What Is a microchip for a cat?
A Microchip is a tiny implant that is injected into a cat, and rests under the skin between the shoulder blades.
Does a microchip track my cat?
Not quite. Microchips don’t contain GPS technology, instead it is an electronic identification chip. If your cat goes missing, you can’t track its whereabouts, but if you cat has a chip and is taken to a charity or vets where it can be scanned, the microchip contains the cat owners information to reunite you with your cat.
Will a microchip injection hurt my cat?
No, microchipping doesn’t cause any harm to your cat. The procedure is very quick and the chip is only as big as a grain of rice. It can be compared to taking a blood sample. For even more ease, it can be done at the same time as your cat being neutered or spayed.
When should I microchip my cat?
Cats can be microchipped at any age, usually from 8 weeks old. If you have acquired a new kitten, we highly recommend having them spayed or neutered and booking in your microchip at the same time. It is also safe and wise to have your older cat microchipped.
If you have decided to keep a stray cat after a few weeks of trying to find the owner with no success, you can microchip the cat with your registered details in case they wander off again! It is possible to have two microchips in rarer cases which you can speak to your veterinarian about.
How much does it cost to microchip my cat?
The cost of microchipping is usually between £20 and £30 depending on where you live. Charities may be able to help you with a reduced cost for microchipping.
Do I need to microchip my indoor cat?
Even indoor cats should be microchipped, especially if they are at risk of running out of an open door or making the most of any given opportunity to flee the home. One momentary lapse could easily result in a lost kitty.
More ways you can keep your cat safe
When you lose a cat it’s vital to get in touch with the database of the microchip of your cat to update your details. Your cat may be picked up by a friendly neighbour or passer by and taken directly to a vets or welfare centre. The cat will be scanned and the details that show up on the database need to be correct to increase the likelihood of being reunited with your lost pet.
The microchip details can be updated easily, whether you move home or change phone numbers. You can even update the information if you need to rehome your cat or put them up for adoption. There’s plenty of further information available for those interested in learning more about microchipping, visit International Cat Care, here and Cats Protection, here.
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