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Microchipping becomes compulsory in June 2024

09 January 2024
Microchipping becomes compulsory in June 2024 While microchipping your cat isn’t compulsory at the moment, the Government’s announcement on 13 March 2023 means that all pet cats in England must be micro-chipped by 10 June 2024 and you will be given 21 days to get your cat chipped or face a fine of up to £500 if you don’t comply.

If you want peace of mind, getting your cat microchipped is essential. Cats are keen wanderers and making sure they can be easily identified will increase the chances of a happy reunion if they do stray too far. For cats, the number for those returning home without chips is a mere 2%, but that jumps to about 38% when cats have a chip. Whether you’ve just bought a kitten or adopted an older cat, making sure they are microchipped should be top of your list. Microchipping your cat gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they are lost or stolen.

Cat on table with vet's hands using microship gun to implant chip at back of neck
Microchips are safe, easy to implant and effective. Unlike collars and ID tags, microchips don’t come off and they don’t put your cat at risk of injury.The procedure to microchip your cat is quick and painless – in fact, it is no more painful to your cat than getting an injection.There is no need for ‘recovery’ from the procedure and it won’t cause your cat any discomfort or pain – in fact, they’re unlikely to know it is even there.

Act now, and you won't have to worry about the deadline!

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