Fuzzball meeting transcript:

Alfie: Did someone say… CHIPS???

Human Officer: No, Alfie, not that kind of chip. We’re talking about microchips in cats.

Alfie: Ugh. The humans aaaaalways find a way to make fun things boring. Alright, I’ll leave you to it. Time for my catnap.


What is a microchip?

A microchip is a type of electronic identification for cats and dogs that lasts for their entire lifetime. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted by vets just under the skin at the base of your pet’s neck. Each chip has its unique number that is recorded on a database with details about the animal and its owner – you! So if your furry friend has a microchip and loses its way, it’s more likely that your local council, vet or animal shelter will be able to scan it and reunite you. That’s one smart chip!

The quick and easy insertion process, explained.

Inserting a microchip is mostly painless for a cat, and it only takes a few seconds. Some puppies and kittens may feel discomfort as the chip is implanted, but this mild pain or disturbance won’t last long.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association have confirmed that microchipping dogs and cats is safe and rarely associated with any notable problems. Microchipping is also strongly recommended by International Cat Care.

The best time to microchip your cat.

Microchipping cats has been mandatory in the UK since 2021. Under the most recent laws, pets must be microchipped before 20 weeks old. Owners who have not microchipped their cats have 21 days to have one implanted, or they could face a fine of up to £500! So best to get it done earlier rather than later, when you might face those pesky fines!

Generally, owners choose to microchip their cats when they receive their shots or when they’re under anaesthetic for neutering purposes. If your cat has not been microchipped, your friendly vet or other trained animal care professionals can perform the procedure. Yay!

It’s really important to keep your contact details up to date on the database, so if you move houses or get a new phone number, you’ll still be contacted should your pet stray from its loving home.

Contact your local vet clinic if you still have questions about getting your cat microchipped.

Meow for now!