The kittens had their second injections and microchips this morning and all went well. While we were in the vets we noticed these two posters we are very illuminating! …..
What exactly is a microchip?
A microchip is a small device about the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is inserted under your cat’s skin, between their shoulder blades, via a quick injection. Once inserted, a cat cannot feel the microchip and the special capsule around it means that it does not break down and is designed to last your pet’s lifetime.
The microchip is coded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner. Microchips do not store personal data – this is kept against the unique identification number on a secure database. If your cat is found and scanned, the microchip database is accessed online and the organisation that has your cat, for example the veterinary surgery, a rescue centre or the police, can use the number to find your details. You can then be contacted and your pet safely reunited with you.
The majority of cats naturally love being outside, roaming and hunting, but the outdoors can pose certain threats to cats. From cars to fights with other cats over territory, there are many reasons cats can become spooked, run away and end up lost miles away from home.
Some cats can even end up accidentally trapped in somebody else’s shed or garage and can be missing for days. Collars and identification tags are never a guarantee as they could easily break and fall off when cats are out and about.
Microchips are designed to last for a cat’s lifetime and so if a cat does become lost or stolen, the chances of them being returned to their owner are hugely improved by the presence of a microchip.
All cats are unique individuals and whilst most may enjoy spending time outside, they may prefer staying indoors instead. This means that if they ever do explore outdoors, they are likely to be more easily spooked by the unfamiliar surroundings and run away.
Due to their little experience outside they are likely to get lost and be unable to find their way back home. Getting your cat microchipped, even if they are more of an indoor cat, is always the safest option because you can never predict that they won’t venture out at some point and go missing.
Cats who are likely to travel abroad on family holidays will also need a microchip as part of the required identification to receive a Pet Passport.