What is a microchip? How does it work?
Microchipping is a simple safe and quick procedure. It can make all the difference in being reunited with your cat should they stray or go missing. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted just under the skin between the shoulder blades at the back of your cat's neck by a vet. It takes only a few minutes and lasts a lifetime.
Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner. The microchip’s unique number is recorded on a microchip database registry with details about the cat and owner.
It’s important to keep your contact details up to date on the database so that if you move house, change your phone number or e-mail address, you can still be contacted in the event of your cat becoming lost or straying. You can do this by contacting your microchip database – find the phone number on your microchip paperwork.
If your cat goes to a new owner, the new owner must ensure their contact details are recorded on the database. A microchip can also help with proof of ownership.
When a missing cat is found, an authorised user such as a vet or Cats Protection Lost and Found Volunteer, will scan the cat for a microchip. If it has a microchip, they will contact the microchip database and security checks will be performed before your contact details are released to the authorised user – so that your cat can be reunited with you.
If your cat has a microchip with up to date owner and contact details, your pet is much more likely to be reunited with you.
Delight turns to frustration when a found cat has a chip but the contact details aren’t current and it’s not possible to contact the owner despite the efforts of CP volunteers. If you need to update your cat’s microchip please don’t leave it until your pet goes missing.