Cat Microchipping is an essential part of pet ownership. If your cat ever gets lost or escapes, a microchip may be the key to reuniting you with your beloved pet. Microchipping is a permanent identification system and from June 2024, it will be compulsory for all cats to be microchipped.
When it comes to microchipping your cat, Croft Vets is the clear and caring choice. Our dedicated team of experienced professionals understands the importance of this simple yet crucial procedure for safeguarding your pet. At Croft Vets, we priorities the health and well-being of your cat, offering the most accurate and reliable technology for cat microchipping.
How Does Cat Microchipping Work?
Cats typically have an inquisitive nature and often like to investigate the world around them, this is also one of the main reasons that cats can end up lost. Microchipping your cat is a simple, but highly effective process that provides lifelong identification for your pet. The process involves a tiny electronic chip, no larger than a grain of rice, being implanted beneath your pet’s skin. This microchip contains a unique identification number that is registered to the owner in a centralised database.
Alongside their curious nature, cats can also have a habit of visiting multiple households. This an become confusing and does sometimes result in cats being absorbed into new households. Friendly stray cats could also just be lost. Cat microchipping allows for a straightforward identification method should this happen. A handheld microchip scanner is used by vets or animal shelters to read the microchip identification number. This unique number is cross-referenced with the database to locate the owner's contact information, allowing for a swift and reliable reunion.
What Are The Benefits Of Microchipping Your Cat
Microchipping your cat offers several important benefits, making it a valuable practice for responsible cat owners. Here are just a few advantages of cat microchipping.
Permanent identification: microchipping provides a permanent and unique identification method for your cat, ensuring that they can be traced back to you even if collars or tags are lost or removed.
Swift reunions: In the unfortunate event that your cat goes missing, a microchip significantly increases the chances of a quick reunion. Vets and animal shelters can easily scan your cats microchip and get in contact with you quickly.
Quick and Inexpensive: Microchipping is a quick and relatively painless procedure that can be seamlessly integrated into your cats routine veterinary visit. . Typically microchipping costs around £30, which is relatively inexpensive considering it lasts a lifetime.
Proof Of Ownership: The majority of cats love to raom and explore outside, however the outdoors can pose certain threats. From cars to fights with other cats, there are many reasons cats can become frightened and run away. Cat microchipping is important in cases of lost or stolen cats, disputes over ownership, or situations where the rightful owner needs to be established.
Safety and Security: Microchipping is a safe and secure method of identification. The microchip is biocompatible and typically causes minimal discomfort during implantation.
What Happens During The Appointment?
A microchipping appointment is a relatively straightforward procedure. You’ll start the visit by filling out some paperwork to give our knowledgeable team of veterinarians some basic details about your cat. After that, a member of the team will go over the process with you and answer any questions or worries you may have.
The actual cat microchipping procedure involves the insertion of a tiny rice-sizes microchip just beneath your cat's skin. After the microchip is inserted and confirmed to be working, our team will give you guidance on registering the microchip. Completing this step in the process is crucial as it links your contact information to your cat’s unique microchip number.
When To Get Cat Microchipping
Your cat or kitten will be better protected if you microchip it as soon as possible in case it escapes or gets lost. It’s recommended that kittens are microchipped at their first vaccination appointment, at around 8 weeks old. It’s important to make sure your cat is microchipped before letting them go outside for the first time.
In addition to maintaining the physical microchip, it’s critical to keep the data up to date. Be sure to notify us at Croft Vets if you move house, change your phone number, or are switching vets so we can update the information stored on the database. For emergencies, get in touch with us today!
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Cat microchipping is a valuable tool in ensuring the safety and well-being of your cat. It provides a reliable means of identification and greatly increases the chances of reuniting pets with their owners promoting responsible pet ownership and enhancing the overall welfare of cats. Cat Microchipping will also be a legal requirement from June 2024.
When you choose Croft Vets for microchipping, you’re choosing peace of mind, expert care, and a lifelong commitment to the health and safety of your furry family member. Contact us for more information or book your appointment here.