June is National Microchipping Month
23 May 2017
We all love and care for our pets, many of us seeing them as family members who deserve our protection.
Having a cat microchipped is a cheap and simple way of providing a permanent method of identification for the thousands of cats which go missing every year.
So, help us celebrate National Microchipping Month and ensure that more cats are reunited with their owners.
Recognising that microchipping is an essential part of looking after your pet and throughout the June many vet practices across the UK will be offering discounted microchips.
Microchipping can be carried out by a vet or trained animal care staff and involves a small data chip only slightly bigger than a grain of rice being placed into your pet's scruff - the loose skin between its shoulder blades.
Once your pet is chipped, unique contact details and a code are entered into a special database so, if your pet would go missing and be found by the dog warden, animal shelter or vet, they could be quickly scanned, identified and reunited with you ASAP.
It also helps a vet identify pets knocked down on the road and notify their concerned owners as soon as possible. Microchips last the lifetime of your pet and can't be removed easily or cause problems like collar tags. And, as long as your contact details are kept up to date, you'll be reunited with your pet even if he/she is found hundreds of miles away - even abroad.
The National Cat Adoption Centre has seen several cases where cats who have been missing for a significant amount of time, even up to three years, have been reunited with their owners thanks to a microchip with up to date details.
Tania Marsh, NCAC Deputy Manager said: "Having your cat microchipped will dramatically increase the chances of a happy reunion if a pet cat goes missing. Whereas collars can be removed, lost or, in some of the saddest cases can cause severe injuries to cats caught in trees, fences etc, a microchip will stay with the cat as permanent identification."
If your microchipped pet does go missing, you inform the microchip database immediately. They will then then send out alerts to local vets and dog wardens on your behalf.
Although microchipping provides an excellent method of reuniting cats and their owners, the system is dependent on owners keeping their records on the national database up to date – for example, if they move home or change phone number.
Some people ask, "Is it really that important to microchip my pet?" Well for such a simple, safe, quick, relatively inexpensive and painless procedure, it can be the difference between seeing your pet again and losing them for good, should they stray, go missing, or be stolen.
Sadly, the NCAC sees cats coming into care that have either got lost, or have been injured and we are unable to locate an owner to reunite them. These people then have to go through the heartbreak of not knowing what happened to their beloved pet.
Our belief is that microchipping is essential and a major part of being a responsible pet owner.
By making sure pets are reunited quickly with their owners, we can help to reduce the number of cats in council kennels and rescue shelters, and more owners can be reunited with their lost pets.
For more information about microchipping or to make an appointment for your pet to be microchipped, please contact your vet today. Of course, Cats Protection is always happy to offer advice or guidance on what is best for you and your cats.