Care & Husbandry: The Benefits of Microchipping Your Cat

Microchipping your pet is a simple yet effective way to ensure their safety and increase the chances of their return if they ever get lost. Here's everything you need to know about microchips and how they can make a significant difference in your pet's life:

What is a Microchip?

  • A microchip ID is a tiny transmitter, about the size of a grain of rice, containing a unique identification number.
  • When scanned, the chip emits a signal with the ID number, enabling lost pets to be identified and reunited with their owners.

Misconceptions About Microchips

  • A microchip is not a location device; it is an identification tool.
  • The chip contains only the unique ID number, not personal information.
  • Microchips do not automatically register the pet; owners must complete the registration process.

Microchip Implantation

  • Implantation is a quick, virtually painless procedure, similar to a shot, done with a large needle.
  • Chips can be implanted in newborn animals or during spaying/neutering procedures.

Why Microchips Matter

  • Lost Pet: Microchips greatly increase the chances of lost pets being reunited with their owners when found by shelters or kind strangers.
  • Burglary: In case of a break-in, open doors or gates might lead to pets escaping; microchips help prove ownership.
  • Natural Disaster: During disasters, microchips can identify pets in emergency shelters, especially if photos are unavailable.
  • Injury: If a pet is injured and taken to an animal hospital, a microchip provides contact information for the owner, ensuring proper care.

Important Points to Remember

  • Register the Chip: Owners must register the microchip with their contact information.
  • ID Tag: Use the provided ID tag with the chip number and registry phone number as a backup identification method.
  • Update Information: Keep the chip registry updated with your current contact details.
  • Lost Pet Procedures: If your pet is lost, notify the chip company, check local shelters, and use posters to aid in the search.

Microchipping is a vital step in responsible pet ownership. It provides a secure way to identify your pet, offering peace of mind and significantly improving the chances of a lost pet returning home safely.

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