As part of the International Cat Care campaign to keep cats safe, we discuss why you should micro chip your beloved feline.
Unfortunately, in the UK only a small proportion of cats are microchipped, yet cats with a microchip are 21 times more likely to be reunited with their owners than non-microchipped cats if they become lost.
Microchipping involves inserting a tiny implant under the cat’s skin (usually the scruff of the neck). This contains a unique number that is linked to a central database containing the owner’s address and telephone number. Should the cat become lost or separated from its owner, a microchip scanner can be used to identify the cat and find the owner. Veterinary clinics and homing centres routinely use these scanners to identify stray cats and reunite them with their owners.
Why not use a collar and tag?
Collars are removable or can become lost, and while they do help to visibly show that a cat is owned, they are not without risk (if using a collar, always ensure it has a ‘snap open’ mechanism). Microchipping is a safer option as it is permanent with minimal risk involved.
Can inserting a microchip harm my cat?
International Cat Care is in agreement with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association in affirming that microchipping of dogs and cats is safe and very rarely associated with any significant problems. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted in a similar way to giving a vaccination, causing very minimal, temporary discomfort.
When should cats be microchipped?
Many owners have their cats microchipped at the same time as vaccination or when they are under anaesthetic for neutering. A cat can be microchipped as a kitten or an adult. Microchipping can be carried out by your vet or other trained animal care professionals.
For more information contact International Cat Care at https://icatcare.org/