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Everything You Should Know About Microchipping Cats

microchip catWhat Are Microchip IDs, And Why Does My Cat Need One?

At Countryside Veterinary Clinic, we understand that the bond you and your beloved feline friend share is invaluable and irreplaceable. We also understand that, by nature, cats are roaming creatures and therefore run the risk of wandering too far from home or just accidentally losing their way. In fact, a staggering number of cats are lost in the shelter system each year because they lack any means to identify them with. This is why we are happy to offer cat microchip identification services.

Collar ID tags are a wonderful line of defense for lost cats, but they can become physically separated from your pet. However, microchipping cats ensures that they can be properly and quickly identified by a veterinarian or animal shelter. We strongly believe in the value that microchips bring to the cause of lost cats. Therefore, we want to provide you with insight and education about microchipping cats that will help you make an informed decision as to whether or not microchipping is right for your feline friend.

How Is A Cat Microchip Implanted?

A cat microchip is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. At approximately 12 mm in length, it is about the same size as a grain of rice. Implanting a cat microchip only takes a few seconds, and it is meant to last for the entirety of your cat's lifetime.

Will The Microchip Implant Hurt My Cat?

Microchipping is as simple as a needle injection. The microchip comes preloaded in a sterile applicator and is injected under the loose skin between the shoulder blades. The needle required for the injection causes a pinch during the cat microchipping procedure. Because it is only a momentary injection, no local or general anesthetic is required.

Will A Microchip Tell Me My Cat's Location?

It is important to understand that a pet microchip is not a GPS device providing real-time tracking capabilities. Rather, a cat microchip is a radio frequency identification (RFID) device. Unlike a GPS device, a cat microchip doesn't require power, and it is activated by an animal shelter or veterinarian waving an RFID scanner across a cat's body where the microchip is embedded. The scanner activates an identification number, which is linked in a database to your ownership information.

Once the veterinarian or shelter get the chip's number as well as the information about the company that made the chip, they'll contact that company to find the cat's owner.

Do All Shelters Scan Lost Cats For Microchips?

To our knowledge, just about every animal shelter and veterinarian in the United States has the RFID devices to detect cat microchips. 

Why Does My Cat Need A Microchip When He Or She Already Wears A Collar With Tags?

It is a great idea to invest in a collar ID tag for your cat. Collar ID tags are the first line of defense in locating and identifying a lost animal. For example, if a neighbor finds your lost cat, they will not likely have a microchip scanner and will simply rely on the collar ID tag. However, microchipping cats is the second and in some ways the most important line of defense for your cat. This is because microchipping ensures that your pet's identification is never lost, stolen, removed, or compromised.

Can Anyone With A Scanner Access My Contact Information?

A microchip for cats cannot compromise your personal privacy. When the RFID scanner reads the chip, the chip only provides an identification number that correlates to the chip's manufacturer. That number is called into the pet recovery service, and you will be contacted by that service using the contact information on file. This is why it is essential to make sure your registration information is accurate.

How Can I Set An Appointment To Have My Cat Microchipped?

If you are ready to schedule an appointment for cat microchipping services, please contact us today. Our staff would be happy to help you register your feline friend with the pet recovery service database. Schedule a microchipping appointment today!

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