Microchipping Your Cat is Easy and Effective

Have you ever wondered what you’d do if your cat was lost? Like most people, you’d probably post pictures of Fluffy on social media, contact your local shelters/veterinarians, or check with your neighbors. While those are all good approaches to spread the word of a missing pet, having a microchip can help your pet get home sooner. Microchipping your cat is so simple and effective, there’s no reason not to do it. It only takes seconds to place the chip under your cat’s skin and yet, according to Petfinder, it increases your odds of being reunited with your cat by more than 2000%. “Less than 2 percent of lost cats that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families. The return-to-owner rate for microchipped cats was dramatically higher at over 38 percent (more than 2000 percent better).” (Source, Petfinder.)

What Is Microchipping?

“Microchips are tiny transponders that communicate your pet's ID information through radio frequency waves. Each chip is about the size of a grain of rice, and a vet usually implants it under your pet's skin in between the shoulder blades. A registration number that corresponds to information on file about your pet is coded into the chip so that a scanner can easily read the radio frequency and retrieve details about your cat's identity.” (Source, Animal Planet.) While it's not a GPS tracking chip, microchipping your pet ensures that they are never without identification. 

So if your cat was lost and brought to an animal shelter, the shelter can scan your kitty for the chip. As long as you’ve filled out the form online with your proper address and contact information, you can be reuinited with your feline friend in no time.

Is Cat Microchipping Safe?

According to The Drake Center, a leading San Diego area veterinary hospital, “Cat microchipping is considered very safe. As with any medical procedure, there is always a risk of side effects. These include potential migration of the chip into another location, tumor development at the injection site (although this is extremely rare and no proven cases at this time). It is important to note that side effects have occurred in a very small portion of cats, and are considered very rare compared to the tens of millions of cats who have received microchips. When it comes to microchips, the potential rewards far outweigh potential risks.”  It’s a quick injection, so feels like a needle prick. It’s over before your kitty even realizes anything happened.

Please Register Your Kitty

Once you’ve microchipped your cat, be sure you register him or her with the database. Your veterinarian will give you the information on where and how to do it. It’s a simple process that will only take you a few minutes, but without registration, your cat's chip will not have the necessary information to get home. Your information in the database supplies your kitty’s address.

Even Indoor Cats Benefit from Being Microchipped

Cats are known for their curiosity, and many of them like to roam. You never know when your cat might slip through an open door and take themselves on a tour of the neighborhood. Microchipping (and an old-fashioned collar and tags) can help you find your cat should they become lost.

If you don’t know whether or not your cat is microchipped, your veterinarian can check for you on your next visit. Do you need to make an appointment for your kitty?

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