While cats make amazing pets, they can be difficult to train. Cats are not domestic animals, and they stay cold and aloof most of the time. Cats are wild by nature, so there is always the risk of losing your cat. No matter how well you bond with your cat, it can wander off to distant places. Every year millions of cats end up in shelter homes, never to be united with its owner again. While pet collars are a great way to keep track of your cat, collar IDs are detachable, so they can get separated from your pet. Microchipping, on the other hand, improves the chances of identifying cats. Microchipping helps you to locate your cat without any hassle. The best part is your pet can be instantly identified even if it’s hiding in an animal shelter. This article sheds light on microchipping cats to help owners make healthy choices for their beloved feline friends.
What Is Microchipping?
There are several ways you could lose your cat. Cats might go missing when they get frightened, or simply if they lose interest in their environment. Sometimes cats go missing when you move to a new place. They can’t cope up with the new environment and wander off to a new shelter. A microchip is a tiny transponder that uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to identify missing pets. Each chip resembles a single grain of rice, and it’s embedded under the pet’s skin in the shoulder area. Your pet registration number is coded into the chip for easy detection.
Why Should You Microchip Your Cat?
The main purpose of installing microchips is to ensure instant identification of your pet. Each pet is provided with a unique identification number, which can be detected with a scanner. Finding your lost cat is no longer an impossible task. The microchip technology helps cat owners to be united with their furry friends without any difficulty. Here are some reasons why you should microchip your cat:
Simple and Painless Procedure
Microchipping is a simple procedure, and it’s as easy as vaccination. The tiny microchip, which is about the size of a rice grain, is inserted under the skin of the shoulder region. It is an absolutely painless procedure, and the feeling can be compared to the experience piercing. Once the implant is done, the cat won’t even realise it's there.
The cat’s microchip consists of a 15-digit security code, which is stored in the national database for easy identification. The security code is registered along with your contact details to help you find your pet in case of an emergency. Nowadays, all shelter homes and veterinary centers have scanning facilities. Microchipped cats are easily detected in shelter homes and veterinary clinics, helping you to reunite with your missing cat. Pet collars make great IDs, but they are prone to damages. A microchip makes a convenient backup in many ways. Apart from identifying stray cats, microchips can be an efficient disaster management plan.
Save a life
Microchips can save your pet’s life. Often shelter homes turn down cats if they're not identifiable. Microchips provide your cat with a unique identification code for shelter identification.
Proof of Ownership
Cats are hard to identify. Two cats might look similar, leading to disputes between owners. Microchipping can help you assert pet ownership if your cat gets lost. Microchipped cats will never get confused with other pets, no matter how similar they look. Microchipping makes you register your number officially, so you can claim your pet if it’s lost.
Peace of Mind
Allowing your cat to roam freely is an excellent idea, but it can put it at great risk. Unfortunately, many cats don’t find their way back and wander off to distant places. Microchipping can help them get back to their home safely. Unlike collar IDs, which are breakable, a microchip will ensure instant identification, helping you claim your pet.
Losing a pet can be a harrowing problem, as stray pets are often difficult to claim. Microchipping can reduce the risks of losing your pet forever. Microchipping has become imperative for your pet’s security. Whether it’s a pet shelter or a veterinary clinic, stray pets are easily identified these days, reuniting them with their owners.
Getting your cat microchipped
Kittens can be microchipped as young as five weeks old. It is a routine procedure that we preform regularly here at Village Vets. Now that you know all the benefits to microchipping your pet you can give us a ring to find out more or book an appointment with us at any of our 11 clinics. We now offer the option to book online for any of our clinics. We are open 7 days a week and are always happy to help with any questions or problems you may have!