Why Microchip Your Cat?
Thousands of cats go missing each year and many do not make it home. Many cats do not keep a collar on when they go outside. Collars may be broken off if they get caught on something outside. Indoor only cats frequently get lost during natural disasters, moves, or just because they bolted outside to see what is out there. Your cat needs a reliable method of identification that can’t be lost if they are indoor/outdoor, or if they unexpectedly slip outside. A microchip is a safe form of identification that increases the chances that your cat will make it back home to you.
How does microchipping work?
A microchip is about the size and shape of a grain of rice and is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades. The microchip is implanted with a needle that is slightly larger than one used to give medications under the skin and is easily done awake. Most cats are not bothered by it any more than getting a vaccine. The microchip is programmed with a unique number that can be scanned by veterinarians, animal control officers, and shelters.
If your cat is microchipped in our clinic, we register it for you in the national pet recovery database made by AAHA. Any cat picked up by animal control or found and taken to a clinic or shelter is scanned for a microchip. Your contact information provided by the database enables the person or clinic who has found your cat to contact you.
Microchipping is a safe, effective way to help ensure your pet’s return if the unthinkable happens.