Thousands of cats go missing every year and research conducted by Cats Protection found that almost half never return, so we recommend microchipping as a safe and permanent method of identification. Microchipping increases the chances of a lost feline being safely reunited with his or her owner.

Microchips are great because:Cat being scanned for microchip

  • microchipping is the most effective way of identifying a pet as chips don't come off or put the cat at risk of injury like collars can,

  • each microchip has a unique number which is stored on a national database. A scan of the chip reveals the number and the owner's name and address can be found from the database's records,

  • a microchip is slightly smaller than a grain of rice and is inserted under the cat's skin between the shoulder blades,

  • inserting a microchip is simple and no more painful than an injection. A cat will not be aware of the microchip's presence once inserted,

  • you can use a microchip catflap – which is great if you have 'invading' cats!

Remember you should change your contact details with the microchip database company if you move house. You can do this by contacting the company using the contact information in your microchip paperwork.

Please see Cats Protection's leaflet for more information about microchipping.

As June is National Microchipping Month, Cats Protection is looking at various aspects of microchipping and there are stories on the MEOW! Blog, including:

Research shows that fewer than 1/3 of pet cats are microchipped.

A little boy was reunited with his cat and the importance of keeping contact details up-to-date.

A cat and owner were reunited after 6 years.

Dolly who stowed away on a boat and was reunited with her owner.