Everything you Need to Know Before Microchipping Your Cat

With an goal to assist reunite misplaced or stray cats with their house owners, the UK Government just lately introduced plans to introduce necessary microchipping for cats.

Under these new guidelines, all cat house owners should guarantee their puss is microchipped earlier than they attain the age of 20 weeks, and their contact particulars appropriately registered on a pet microchipping database. Owners discovered to not have microchipped their furry buddy will likely be given 21 days to organise the process, or might face fines of as much as £500.

PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing mentioned: “With 1000’s of misplaced or stray pets yearly, this can be a welcome initiative which animal lovers and vets will assist, which is able to assist reunite pets and their house owners throughout the UK. Here’s every thing it’s good to know earlier than getting your cat microchipped.

When ought to I get my cat microchipped? 

“Microchipping your puss will assist be certain that in the event that they ever turn out to be misplaced, stolen, or injured then they’ve the very best probability of being reunited with you as rapidly as attainable. I’d at all times suggest that every one cats are microchipped earlier than they begin going outdoors, simply to be secure. Kittens could be microchipped similtaneously they’ve their vaccination. Alternatively, as cats could be neutered from 4 months of age, this offers an ideal alternative to have them microchipped on the identical time, in order that they received’t even understand it’s been accomplished.

Does microchipping damage? 

“Your cat’s microchip is implanted beneath their pores and skin between their shoulder blades. Just like all injection, microchipping can typically trigger a small quantity of discomfort on the time, however luckily it’s a really fast process that takes only a few seconds. Microchips are made out of non-reactive supplies, so as soon as it’s in place, it shouldn’t damage or trigger any issues.

“Most pets barely discover the microchipping process, however offering them with a reward resembling a tasty deal with may help to calm them down if they’re upset in any respect.

Where can I get my cat microchipped?  

“Microchips can solely be implanted by professionals, resembling vets, veterinary nurses, or those that have been specifically educated to take action. Most cat house owners take their four-legged associates to get microchipped at their vet, however in the event you do go elsewhere resembling a rescue centre or grooming parlour, it’s vital to do checks beforehand to verify the particular person chipping your puss is certified to hold out the process.

How do I register my cat’s microchip? 

“Once the chip has been positioned, the quantity will have to be registered alongside along with your info (identify, handle, telephone numbers, e-mail handle, pet’s particulars, and an extra emergency contact or two) on a authorities authorised central database. The skilled that microchips your cat will provide you with all the small print on how to do that.

“You can use www.checkachip.com to verify which microchip database your furry member of the family is registered with. There are numerous microchip databases within the UK, so it’s actually vital that you simply be certain your pet is registered with one that’s authorised by the UK authorities.

“If your furry buddy turns into misplaced or stolen, contact your microchip database firm to allow them to know as quickly as attainable, to allow them to change your pet’s standing to misplaced or stolen. This will alert anybody who might have discovered and scanned them to the scenario, hopefully rushing up the method so that you’re reunited as rapidly as attainable.

How lengthy do microchips final? 

“Microchips are hardwearing and may final on your four-legged buddy’s lifetime. It’s extraordinarily uncommon for them to turn out to be defective, however within the unlikely case one fails, the chip producer will present a alternative chip. There is not any have to take away the defective chip, your vet can merely place the brand new chip alongside it.”

PDSA is the UK’s largest vet charity. We’re on a mission to enhance pet wellbeing via prevention, schooling and therapy. Support from gamers of People’s Postcode Lottery helps us attain much more pet house owners with very important recommendation and knowledge. This winter, your assist is important for poorly pets – discover out how one can assist us give pets a combating probability at www.pdsa.org.uk/pdsa-chance

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