Cat Microchipping


Losing a cat or facing the distress of being unable to locate them is a situation no pet owner wants to experience. At Garden Vets at Keele, we understand the importance of keeping your furry friend safe and secure. That's why we highly recommend microchipping as a reliable and effective way to protect your cat and increase the chances of a happy reunion should they ever go astray.

What is Microchipping?

Microchipping involves the insertion of a tiny device, about the size of a grain of rice, under your cat's skin, typically between their shoulder blades. The procedure is quick and relatively painless, similar to a routine injection. Your cat won't even feel the presence of the microchip, due to its small size. Rest assured, the microchip is designed to last a lifetime, thanks to its durable and non-degradable composition.

How Does Microchipping Work?

Each microchip contains a unique identification number that can be easily read by a scanner. It's important to note that microchips do not store personal data. Instead, this information is stored securely in a database linked to the microchip's identification number. 

If your cat is found and scanned, the organisation responsible, such as a veterinary surgery, rescue center, or even the police, can access the online database using the identification number. This allows them to retrieve your contact details and swiftly reconnect you with your beloved pet.

Why Should You Microchip Your Cat?

Because of their curious nature, cats are natural explorers of their surroundings, increasing their risk of getting lost. Additionally, the unfortunate reality of pet theft exists, especially for rare or valuable breeds. Life events such as a house move can also disorient cats, making it challenging for them to find their way back home. Microchipping provides a crucial means of identification, helping to determine whether a cat is a stray or simply lost, and settling ownership disputes if necessary.

Microchips are particularly beneficial for outdoor cats, as they face additional hazards while roaming, such as road accidents or territorial disputes with other cats. Even if your cat is primarily an indoor dweller, unexpected circumstances might lead them to venture outside, where they can easily become disoriented. Microchipping offers peace of mind, ensuring that your cat's identification is always available, regardless of their environment.

Although microchipping your cat is currently not mandatory, there was a Government update on 13 March 2023. According to the announcement, all pet cats in England will be required to have a microchip by 10 June 2024. It's important to note that there will be a 21-day grace period to ensure compliance. Failure to comply with this regulation may result in a fine of up to £500.

When Should You Microchip Your Cat?

Ideally, kittens should be microchipped during their first vaccination appointment, usually around 8 weeks of age. It's important to microchip your cat before allowing them to explore the outdoors, minimising their risk of getting lost. 

What to Do if Your Cat Goes Missing?

We understand the anguish of a missing cat, but there are proactive steps you can take in such a situation. For example, you should immediately inform the microchip database where your cat's chip is registered.

Contact your local veterinary surgeries, rescue centers, and neighbors, providing them with your cat's details, including the microchip number. Placing posters in your local area with a clear photo and your contact information can also be effective. Utilizing social media platforms to raise awareness and seeking assistance from friends, neighbors, and local forums can greatly increase the chances of finding your missing feline companion. 

Remember, while the microchip aids identification, it does not function as a tracking device.

Updating Microchip Details

Whenever your contact details change, such as your phone number, it is crucial to update the microchip company with the new information. It's important to note that updating your details with your vet does not automatically update your microchip details. To ensure accuracy, contact the microchip company directly.

If you adopt a pet that is already microchipped, be sure to transfer the ownership details to your name. Your vet can guide you in this process if you're unsure about the microchip company or the chip's registration details.

Where to Get Your Cat Microchipped?

Microchipping should always be performed by a qualified professional to minimise the risk of complications. Fortunately, all vets and nurses are qualified to implant microchips, and many pet owners choose to have the procedure done during a routine visit to the veterinary clinic. 

The process is swift, and most cats experience minimal discomfort.

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