The number one fear for most cat owners is that their pet may go missing either because they got into an accident or simply got lost. If someone else finds your missing cat, you're most likely to be reunited if your cat is microchipped. Cat microchipping is a permanent ID system, which involves a chip, no bigger than a grain of rice being implanted under the skin of your pet’s scruff. This ID system will stay with your cat throughout their lifetime.
Each microchip has a unique number, which can be read by a portable scanner, which most vets, including all Eastcott Vets branches, local authorities, and rescue homes have access to. The central microchipping database holds your contacts details so that they can be obtained when needed. this means that often a simple phone call can reunite you with your cat once their microchip has been scanned and they have been identified.
Most people do not realise that microchipping is not only for dogs, but also for cats, ferrets, rabbits, snakes, parrot, tortoises and horses. This procedure will come highly recommended by veterinary practices, and this includes all the team at Eastcott Veterinary Clinic and Hospital. It is also worth noting, that if you are planning on taking your pet abroad, they must be microchipped and have a pet passport.
Sedation is not necessary for the implantation process, as the procedure is similar to administering an injection. The cat microchipping procedure causes minimal discomfort and can often be simply done in a routine consultation.
If you can't remember or don't know if your cat was microchipped, don't worry! It is simple and easy for your vet to check for a microchip using a scanner. We're more than happy to arrange for one of our team at Eastcott Veterinary Clinic and Hospital to scan your cat and check for a working microchip. Plus, as we'll always check for a working chip before implanting a new one there's no need to worry about this as a possibility!
At the time of your cat microchipping appointment, you will be asked to complete a registration form, from which your details are then submitted to a national database by an Eastcott Vets team member. These details are kept on the database for your cat’s entire lifetime, and this service is included in the fee for the initial cost of implantation.
For the microchip to be most effective, it iss important to update any changes to your contact details as soon as possible. At Eastcott Vets, all of our microchips comply with the International Standard (ISO) and can, therefore, even be recognised when scanned abroad when used in the Pet Passport scheme.
For more information, or to book a cat microchipping appointment, please speak to one of our friendly team members at one of our three practices by calling the branch most local to you.