Microchipping a Cat

Microchipping is one of the most effective forms of pet identification, but too few cat owners have their pets’ microchipped. The 2013 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report has revealed that 48% of cats in the UK are not microchipped. That’s around 4.5 million cats without microchips.

If a cat has a microchip implant, they are more likely to be reunited with their owners because microchipping is a harmless permanent form of pet identification, unlike collars which can become lost. A cat’s microchip can be read in seconds by a handheld scanner at most veterinary practices or animal shelters.

Pet Microchip sample

The microchip is a tiny device, slightly bigger than a grain of rice, which is implanted under the skin on the back of a pet’s neck, just in front of the shoulder blades. Thin layers of connective tissue form around the implant and hold it in place. Each microchip has a unique number which can be read with a scanner.

Cats are naturally inquisitive creatures. Some inspect and hide in delivery vehicles and are inadvertently locked inside. There are stories of cats that have turned up hundreds of miles from home and are returned to their owners thanks to their microchips.

Most vet surgery’s offer cat microchip implants at a reasonable fee at around £20 to £40. The procedure is quick and painless – your cat won’t even need to be anaesthetised. Using a special syringe, the microchip will quickly be inserted under the skin behind your cat’s neck. It’s really quick and shouldn’t hurt any more than a regular vaccination.

Some cats regularly lose their collars, so microchipping could be a cheaper option in the long run. A microchip will stay with your cat for its entire lifetime. Collars can also be a potential hazard to cats as they can easily become snagged on things especially if they are tree climbers. Dexterous cats can even get their paws caught underneath a collar, which can lead to painful wounds.

A microchip is a collection of a large number of transistors in a very tiny package, and there are a couple of basic functions of these transistors.

Pet microchip size comparison
If a cat is believed to be a stray and it is brought into any vets practice, they will immediately scan it to find out if it has a microchip. If the cat can’t be identified, then it could be re-homed while its real owner is left forever wondering what happened to their beloved pet.

The cats microchip will also only let them through a SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap. Read more about Microchip cat flaps by clicking here.

Call your vets surgery centre today or drop into their practice to enquire about microchipping your cat. It is recommended that all pets are microchipped. Even indoor only cats which are those pets that do not venture outside may escape one day.

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