Microchipping your cat

Find out more about the safest and most permanent method of identification.

The importance of microchipping

Whether you've got a new kitten or you've adopted a cat, it is particularly important to microchip your pet. Unlike collars, microchips don't come off, or put cats at risk of collar-related injuries.

The procedure itself is easy and for your cat, it is no more painful than an injection. Your cat won't even be aware of the microchip's presence once it has been inserted.

I have lost my cat. What should I do?

If you've lost your cat and they are already microchipped, the first thing you'll need to do is let the microchipping company know. Double-check with the database that your details are correct.

If your lost cat is found and taken to a vet or animal welfare organisation, you'll be contacted. You can find out more about what to do if your cat goes missing here.

Don't forget! Make sure you keep your contact details up to date. If you move home or change any of your contact information, it's important to let your microchipping company know.

How will microchipping keep my cat safe?

Microchipping is the most effective way to identify a lost cat, keeping your cat safe if it goes wandering. By keeping your details up to date, you'll increase the likelihood of a happy reunion.

You can book in to get your cat microchipped by a vet or local authority, or by a trained and insured member of an animal welfare organisation such as Cats Protection.

There is no minimum age to microchip your cat but it is advised that it is best to get it done as soon as possible. The procedure is simple and doesn't cause harm to your cat.