Since 6th April 2016 it has been the law that all dogs must be microchipped – unfortunately no such law applies to cats.
There are often stories in the press of cats that have strayed miles from home only to be eventually reunited with their owners thanks to their microchip. There are also stories of cats being fed by other people because the cat was in their garden and presumed to be a stray rather than just a cat on the lookout for a free meal.
It is very distressing to lose a cat but unfortunately without any reliable form of identification it can be extremely difficult to reunite owners with their cats or prove ownership in cases of ‘strays’ that have been fed and adopted. A microchip really can be the difference between seeing a lost pet again, or not.
What Happens When Your Cat Gets Microchipped?
It is a very quick and easy procedure to microchip your cat.
Your vet will inject a small microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) under the loose skin at the back of the neck, which will give your cat their own personal identification number.
The Importance Of Getting Your Cat Microchipped
If your cat strays or gets injured and handed in to a veterinary centre, rescue centre, the police or local authority, they all have special hand held scanners that can detect and read the microchip number.
Your cat’s unique chip number can then be checked against the national database and you can be reunited with your pet. N.B. It is very important to update your details with new addresses and phone numbers if they change.
Microchipping is a simple way of permanent identification for any pet. Did you know as part of your VIP Pet Club membership, a microchip for your pet is included in the package. Find out more about our VIP Cat Club.