Cats are curious by nature and when they’re off exploring the world sometimes they can wander too far and lose their way. Microchipping is the most effective way to identify a lost cat and reunite them with their hooman.
A microchip is a tiny device, roughly about the size of a grain of rice. It is inserted via an injection, between your cat’s shoulder blades, under their skin. Your cat cannot feel the microchip in them and it is designed to last a lifetime. If your personal contact details change such as address or phone number you need to update the microchip company with your new details. You can usually find the microchip company details on the paperwork you received when you got your cat microchipped.
The microchip has a unique code that can be read by a scanner. So if your cat is found and taken to the vet or a rescue centre, the microchip can be scanned. When scanned the microchip database is accessed online and your details will be located. You will then be contacted and reunited with your cat. Yay!
Your cat can be microchipped from five-weeks-old. It’s quite common and a good idea to get your cat microchipped when you get them spayed/neutered. This means the microchip is implanted while the cat is under anaestheticIf you plan on letting your cat go outside then make sure they are microchipped before letting them out.
So if you have a cat, please get them microchipped as soon as possible from five-weeks-old. You can book to get your cat microchipped by a vet or from a animal welfare organisation such as Cats Protection.