If your cat likes to wander in your neighbourhood and beyond, or may occasionally escape even though they are a house cat, microchipping your cat may be the best chance of being reunited with your pet - especially if they turn up far from home!
Cat microchipping is a permanent ID system, which involves a chip, no bigger than a grain of rice being implanted under the skin of your pet’s scruff.
Each and every microchip has a unique number, which can be read by a portable scanner, which most vets, including Crofts Vets, local authorities and rescue homes have access to, which means your contact details can be easily obtained from the central microchipping database in an emergency. After your cat has been scanned and identified as your pet by their microchip, a simple phone call can reunite you with your pet.
Microchipping for Cats
Believe it or not, microchipping is not only for dogs, but also for cats, ferrets, rabbits, snakes, parrot, tortoises and horses and comes highly recommended by all the team at Crofts Vets. It is now also a legal requirement for all cats to be microchipped by the time they are 20 weeks old. It is also worth noting, that if you are planning on taking your pet abroad, they must be microchipped and have a pet passport. At Crofts Vets, all our microchips comply with the International Standard (ISO) and can, therefore, be recognised by scanners abroad when used in the Pet Passport scheme.
Sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the microchip as the procedure only causes minimal discomfort and can even be completed in a routine consultation. There's no need to worry if you don't know if your cat is microchipped. It's very easy to check for the presence of a microchip using a scanner. We can arrange for a member of the team at Crofts Vets to scan your cat and check for a chip. Rest assured, we all always check that your pet hasn’t already got a working microchip before planning to implant a new one.
At the time of your implantation appointment, you will be asked to complete a registration form, from which your details are then submitted to a national database by a Crofts Vets team member. Your details and contact information are kept on the online database for your pet’s lifetime, and the fee for this is included in the initial cost of implantation.
It is important to update any changes to your contact details as soon as possible, especially if your phone number changes or is no longer in use. Otherwise, when a pet goes missing we won't be able to reunite them with their owner through a simple phone call.
For more information, please speak to one of our friendly team members at our practice by contacting Crofts Vets. Cat microchipping is the best way to increase the chances of lost or stray cats being reunited with their owner. Increase your own chances if your cat ever goes missing by booking your cat micorchipping appointment today!