Everthing you need to know about microchipping your cat
Microchipping cat guide
Microchipping your cat is a worth while investment and with costs kept to a minimum, usually around £20 – £30 but sometimes even as low as £10, it’s hard to think of a reason why you would not want to have your cat microchipped, specially with the peace of mind it offers.
Why get your cat microchipped
If your cat goes missing, whether it be while out roaming or heaven forbid, stolen and is found and taken to a local vet or cat rescue centre, without a microchip it can be impossible to locate the owner. There are of course collars with tags but these can come loose and fall off and worst get your cat stuck somewhere trapped by its collar. Either way, micochipping is a much better option.
This is where microchipping comes in, your cats goes missing and is found and taken to a vet or local authority. They simply scan the cat for the presence of a microchip and if microchipped it will lead to them getting your contact details. They can then contact you and reunited you with your cat, if your cat is not chipped they cannot do this and you may never see your cat again.
Every year over 250,000 pets (source: petsathome) go missing and a simple microchip would quickly return them to there owners.
It also helps settle deputes as to who the cat belongs to should it be stolen or taken in as a stray.
Microchip cat flaps
You can also fit a Microchip cat flap, which are the best type of cat flap available and very reliable, as they only open for your cat and stop neighboring cats entering your home, they also have lots of other features.
Do you have to have your cat microchipped
At the moment only dogs need to be microchipped by law and all though its not the law that cats need to be microchipped, its strongly recommended that you do.
What is a microchip
A micro chip is a small electric device that is not much bigger than a grain of rice which holds a 15 digit code, its simply inserted just under the cats skin and does not cause any pain or problems. If a cat is found and taken to the vet, cat rescue centres or similar can then scan the cat with a special scanner and can inform the owner that there cat has been found and returned it to them. Once a cat is microchipped it will last the lift time of the animal.
Where can I get my cat microchipped
Most vets have the facilities to safely microchip your cat, some catteries and cat rescue centres also microchip cats as well.
Cat microchip cost
To have your car microchipped you can expect to pay between £20 and £30 for the procedure.
Free cat microchipping
Sometimes local charities such as the RSPA will offer microchipping for free specially when running campaign to spread awareness, but you would have to contact them to see if they offer free microchipping .
Cat microchip database
When you get your cat microchipped all it stores is a long digit number. This number is linked to a database which holds all your contact details. Your personal information is safe and will only be used to contact you should your cat be found.
How to find a lost cat with a microchip
If your cat goes missing, your first port of call should be to contact local cat rescue centers and vets to see if your cat has been brought in. Other than this, if you cat is found you can be confident it will be returned to you if chipped.
Can i track my cat with a microchip
A microchip cannot be used to track a cats position, they can only be scanned should your cat be brought into a rescue centre or vets, this however then lets the vets contact you so you can be reunited with your pet.
All ways remember to update your microchip information if you move house.