The Cats Protection charity alone re-homes 75,000 cats each year. Many of these are strays with no identification; either the cat has lost its collar or did not have one in the first place. Often it is an impossible task to trace the owner.
We recommend that all cats are microchipped. A microchip is implanted in the scruff of the neck, just like an injection. An anaesthetic or sedation is not required for your cat to be microchipped.
The microchip has a unique code which is able to be read by a scanner found in kennels, catteries, rescue centres and veterinary surgeries.
Why should I have my pet microchipped?
- The microchip is a permanent method of identification.
- If your cat gets lost, the microchip allows immediate identification and contact can be made with you.
- Cats need to be microchipped if they are to join the Pet Travel Scheme.
How can I be traced if my pet is found?
Every microchip has a unique code which is recorded on our records, as well as being registered with Identibase who hold a national database. Once a microchip is scanned, Identibase is called and they provide all the contact information required to reunite a cat with owner.
What if my personal details change?
Identibase registration is for life, but if any details need changing then this can be done with them for a small fee.
All vets, cat rescue societies, (for example the CPL and RSPCA) have microchip scanners and all road traffic accident victims and strays are routinely checked for microchips.