Microchipping has many other benefits, and in some countries it is not just a matter of good sense. Identity chipping of pets is required by law in Australia, while in the UK animals must be microchipped before they can be taken into or out of the country on a “pet passport”.
Where to Have Your Cat Microchipped
Any reputable vet should be able to perform the microchip implantation procedure. If you have not visited a vet before or are new to your area, try asking pet-owning friends, family, colleagues or neighbours for a recommendation.
Check the cost of the procedure with your vet before making an appointment. He or she may wish to know whether your cat has any illnesses, as microchipping is best performed on a pet who is healthy and in good physical condition.
Implanting a Cat Identity Chip
You pet will not need any anaesthesia for the procedure. The vet will simply swab the injection site with an antiseptic then gently inject the microchip using a disposable, sterile implanter. In most cases, the chip is located beneath the loose skin at the back of the cat’s neck or over the shoulders. Gentle massaging of the area helps to control any slight bleeding and settles the chip in place.
After the procedure, the vet will send the microchip’s unique details to the chip registration company on behalf of the owner. However, it is the owner’s responsibility to inform the company of any future changes of address.
It is advisable to keep the cat indoors for a few days following the implantation, to prevent strenuous activity and allow the chip to bed down into its permanent location.
You may be able to feel the chip as a small, hard object beneath your cat’s skin. This is perfectly normal and does not mean the chip is “working its way out”. It is also unlikely that a properly injected chip will ever move from the place where it was implanted.
Whether you want to travel with your cat, take advantage of the latest model of electronic cat door, or simply increase your chances of a happy outcome should he go missing, a microchip is the ultimate pet ID.
Tracer Advance Pet Identification System. Accessed 12-01-11