If you’ve ever feared that if you let your cat out he or she won’t return home one day then it might be a good idea to get your cat microchipped. Microchipping your cat will limit the fear that you might have of your cat disappearing as it increases the chances of you being reunited with your cat if your cat had gone missing.
A microchip is very small and is inserted under the cat’s skin between the shoulder blades, this chip is secure and doesn’t come off. Each microchip with have a unique number which is stored on the national database.
The microchip will contain details of the owner’s name and address, so if your cat happens to be lost and found the cat can be returned to the rightful owner. If your cat is found a handheld device that uses radio waves will be used to read the chip, the microchip is permanently fitted and never removed.
From 6th April 2016 all dogs over the age of 8 weeks in England, Scotland and Wales will have to be microchipped. This was done to raise public awareness of the benefits of microchipping some household pets. The question is will they also make cat microchipping compulsory.
Benefits of Microchipping Your Cat
Thousands of cats go missing and many are also found each year but unfortunately the found cats cannot always be returned to their rightful owners as they can’t be identified. In situations like this it’s better to be safe than sorry, a microchip cat flap and microchipping your cat are not overly expensive.
The main benefit of microchipping your cat is quite straightforward, it increases the chance of you being reunited with your cat should he or she go missing. There are also other benefits to microchipping your cat as follows:
- Increases the chance of a missing cat being reunited with their owner.
- If you’ve lost your pet, you can report it on pet log which is the UK’s largest lost and found database for microchipped pets.
- If your lost cat is found and taken to a vet, local authority or animal welfare organisation then they would be able to scan your cat’s microchip and contact the owner to advise that their cat has been found.
- Easily update your contact details by calling or e-mailing the microchip company. Details such as your address and telephone number needs to be up to date in case your cat ever goes missing and gets found.
- Microchips are permanent and will last throughout the cat’s lifespan.
- Specialists may be available to assist with advice if your pet is lost.
- Some insurance companies may also apply a discount to the insurance policy.
If you’ve decided to microchip your cat as it has plenty of benefits then the procedure you would have to go through would be as follows:
- There’s no minimum age your cat has to be to get microchipped. It’s probably better to microchip your cat
before letting it out for the first time.
- Vets, local authorities and members of the animal welfare groups can microchip your cat.
- A microchip slightly smaller than a grain of rice will be inserted under your cat’s skin between the shoulder blades.
- The procedure is likely to cost you between £20 – £30.
- Installing a microchip cat flap will also be benefit but it’s optional.