What is a microchip?
Microchips are handy little devices that can help owners locate lost pets if they get too far from home.
Some individuals believe that microchip implantation may be invasive or difficult. The procedure is quick and virtually painless, with the majority of cats experiencing no discomfort whatsoever. You must register your cat's information and the chip's serial number with the manufacturer once the chip has been implanted.
If your cat is ever found, their information can be matched with the serial number on the chip, allowing them to be safely returned to you.
Why not just get a collar and tag for my cat?
When it comes to helping lost cats find their way home, collars and identification tags are essential tools. These tags provide an easy way for people to contact the owner by simply reading the tag and calling the phone number listed.
Outdoor cats should always wear collars and identification tags, particularly in case of emergency. It is important to include your name and contact number on your cat's tag. Even indoor cats can benefit from identification tags since they often manage to sneak outside unnoticed.
Collars and tags are helpful, but they can become misplaced, leaving your cat without identification. For identification purposes, microchips offer a permanent solution. Remember to maintain accurate registration information for your microchip. Contact the microchip company to update your information if you change your address or phone number.
How do microchips work?
If your cat is lost and found by a veterinarian or rescue group, they will use a microchip scanner that can read all modern chips, regardless of manufacturer. After passing the scanner over the cat's back and sides, the microchip will transmit its unique identification number to the scanner.
The rescuer will then contact the national database to find your phone number and notify you that your cat has been found. Microchips can also be useful in proving ownership if your cat is stolen.
If you want to learn more, don't hesitate to ask.