What is microchipping-
Microchipping is the most effective way of identifying a lost pet. It is a safe and permanent method. The chip itself is smaller than a grain of rice and is inserted under the cat’s skin. Each microchip has a unique 15 digit number which is linked to a database holding your contact details- allowing you to be quickly traced and contacted if your cat strays and is scanned.
Microchips are invaluable in a number of situations.
Cats are curious and exploratory by nature- so there are lots of opportunities for exterior identifiers to fall off! This cannot happen with a microchip, meaning you can have peace of mind while your pet is out and about exploring. Collars can also cause dangers to cats, getting caught or tangled, or even just coming off. Microchipping is the safest way to identify your cat should they become lost.
Every day we receive calls from concerned people regarding stray or lost cats. Our first questions is always – is the cat microchipped? This is because scanning the chip would allow us, or a vet to see the contact details registered to the chip and the cat. Meaning re-uniting them with their owners is simpler and easier. If the cat is not micro-chipped The process is much slower, and far less effective. More information on lost or stray cats.
The chip is inserted under the cats skin between the shoulder blades by a dedicated device known as an implanter. It is simple, no more painful than an injection and your cat will not be aware of the chip’s presence once it has been inserted. Vets, local authorities and trained and insured members of animal welfare organisations can offer microchipping.
Following the procedure, you will be sent registration documents. Remember- keep your registration documents and microchip number safe!
Checking a cats microchip is quick and easy, a vet will have a hand held scanner for the purpose. Some owners like to have the chip scanned during their animals annual check up- chip failure or movement is extremely rare but some peace of mind goes a long way!
How much does it cost-
This is variable depending on where you live. Microchips are only effective if the information registered to them are accurate. If these details need to be amended, there may be a fee associated with that. Dependant on the database used, this may be a one off fee for the lifetime for your cat- covering future updates or a fee each time you update. The more up to date your details are on the chip, the quicker you can become reunited if your cat becomes lost.
Many people choose not to microchip their cat, if it will be living indoors. We would still recommend having the procedure carried out. Many of our calls regarding lost cats are about indoor cats. They are much more likely to become lost as they will not know the local area. Their natural exploratory nature means that no matter how careful you are- accidents can be still happen. Having a microchip gives you the peace of mind that should your cat become lost you have the best possible chances of being re-united.
If you were unsure about whether or not to micro-chip your pet cat, we hope the information on this page will help you decide. If you have any other queries or concerns about neutering please do not hesitate to call us on – 0141 779 3341 or email Glasgow@cats.org.uk.