National Microchipping Month
27 May 2015
Cats Protection’s Bristol and District Branch supports National Microchipping Month
Cat owners in Bristol are being encouraged to keep their pets safe this summer by having their feline friend microchipped.
Cats Protection’s Bristol and District branch is supporting National Microchipping month which takes place during June and promotes microchipping as part of responsible pet ownership.
Though microchipping is a safe and permanent means of identification which increases the chances of a missing cat being reunited with its owner, the charity says that around 85 per cent of the cats that come into its care are not microchipped.
Lesley Ellett said: “I cannot stress how important it is that cats are microchipped. It would give cat owners more peace of mind and enhance our ability to reunite missing cats with their owners.
“Currently when a cat comes into our care, the first thing we do is look for some sort of identification, including scanning for a chip. In a lot of cases there is no microchip so we have to trawl lost and found registers and advertise the cat as missing. It’s a very time consuming process with no guarantee that we will ever locate the owner, despite our best efforts. And yet all of these problems could be solved by a tiny ‘chip that is no bigger than a grain of rice.”
Microchipping can be carried out by a vet or suitably trained individual and involves a small data chip being inserted under the cat’s skin between the shoulder blades. The details are then stored on a national database and can be accessed by scanning the animal with a special device. Most vets and rescue centres will routinely scan all lost cats and can use the information to quickly reunite the missing pet with their owner.
However, it is important for owners to keep their records on the national database up to date – for example, if they move home or change phone number.
For more information about microchipping and the work of Cats Protection, please contact Cats Protection’s Bristol and District branch via email at CPBristol@outlook.com or leave a message on our Cats Protection Branch helpline answer-phone on 0117 9665428..