What does it mean to microchip your cat?

Microchipping a cat involves the implantation of a tiny, rice-sized electronic device, called a microchip, under the cat's skin, typically between the shoulder blades. The microchip contains a unique identification number that can be read using a special scanner. Microchipping serves as a permanent form of identification for your cat.

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Why do veterinarians recommend microchipping?

Veterinarians recommend microchipping for several important reasons. It provides permanent identification, proof of pet ownership, increases the chance of reunion and offers peace of mind. While microchipping is not a replacement for collars and tags, it serves as a valuable backup in case these external forms of identification are lost or removed.

Is microchipping dangerous and painful for my cat?

Microchipping is generally considered safe and minimally painful for cats.

How is a microchip used to identify my cat?

A cat microchip is used to identify your cat by providing a unique identification number, associated with your cat's information. It's essential to keep your contact information up to date in the pet recovery database. If you move, change your phone number, or update any contact details, you should promptly update the database to ensure that your cat can be reunited with you if it gets lost.

Why does my cat need a microchip if they already have a collar with a tag?

While collars and tags are a valuable and visible form of identification, a microchip provides a secondary layer of permanent and reliable identification that can greatly enhance the chances of your cat being reunited with you if it ever becomes lost or separated from you. It's often recommended to use both collars with tags and microchips for the most comprehensive identification and safety measures for your cat.

If you move, change your phone number, or update any contact details, you should promptly update the Pet Recovery Database to ensure that your cat can be reunited with you if it gets lost.

Will my cat’s microchip be able to tell my cat’s location?

No, microchips do not have GPS tracking capabilities, so they can't track the location of your cat in real time. Instead, they serve as a permanent and reliable form of identification to help lost or missing cats find their way back to their owners when scanned by the appropriate authorities.

Who can scan the microchipping information in cats?

Microchipping information in cats can be scanned by various individuals and organizations, including veterinarians, animal shelters and rescues, and police departments.

When will the microchip be scanned?

The microchip will be scanned right after it has been implanted to make sure it is functioning correctly. It will also be scanned if your cat ever goes missing and is found.

What if I forget or lose my cat’s microchip information?

Don't worry. We have access to the microchip information in your pet's records. We will make sure that you get the microchip manufacturer’s information as well as the identification number.

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