Get your cat chipped! It's "Hip" to be "Chipped"
Microchipping offers cats a safe and permanent method of identification and increases the chances of a lost cat being safely returned to his owner.
It is the most effective way of identifying a lost pet (chips don't come off like collars can). Each microchip has a unique number, stored on a national database. A scan of the chip reveals the owner's name and address from the database's records.
The microchip is slightly smaller than a grain of rice and is inserted under the cat's skin between the shoulder blades. The procedure is very simple and is no more painful than an innoculation.
Your cat will not be aware of the microchip's presence once inserted.
But it's important to remember to change your microchip details when you move house.
All cats rehomed from our shelter are microchipped before they are released to their new homes.
Anyone 'finding' a cat in their neighbourhood should try and take the cat to a local vet who will be happy to run a scanner over it to detect whether a microchip is present. Then the number can be easily checked against the national database.