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Microchipping a Cat

Microchipping a Cat

Microchipping involves inserting a small chip under the skin of the cat, typically between the shoulder blades, which contains important information such as the owner's contact details. Today, our Bellevue vets will discuss why microchipping your cat can be so beneficial.

Microchips for Cats

Microchipping is important for cats because it provides a permanent form of identification that cannot be easily removed or lost. This can greatly increase the chances of a lost cat being reunited with their owner. This simple procedure is quick, safe, and can give you peace of mind knowing that your pet has an extra layer of protection. 

How Microchips for Cats Work

Microchips for cats are small, implantable devices that use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to store a unique identification number. When a lost cat is found and scanned by a microchip reader, the number is displayed, allowing the owner to be contacted through the microchip registry.

How Microchips Are Implanted

First, the veterinarian will scan the cat to ensure they do not already have a microchip. Then, using a needle, the microchip is inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades. This process is quick and relatively painless for the cat, as it is similar to receiving a vaccination.

Microchips for cats typically store a unique identification number that is linked to the owner's contact information in a national pet recovery database. This allows shelters and veterinarians to easily reunite lost cats with their owners. Additionally, some microchips may also store medical information or vaccination records for the cat. 

The Benefits of Microchipping Your Cat

Below are some of the primary benefits of microchipping your cat.

Increases the Likelihood of Being Reunited With a Lost Cat

We've mentioned this already, but being reunited with your lost kitty is the primary benefit of having them microchipped. But as it also provides a permanent form of identification that can be scanned by animal shelters and veterinary clinics, it can greatly expedite the process of locating you and ensuring a safe return home. 

Proof of Ownership in Case of Theft

Because microchips contain unique identification numbers that can be linked to the owner's information in a database, it can be used by authorities to verify ownership and return stolen pets to their rightful owners.

Required for International Travel

In some cases, microchips are required for international travel with your cat as they serve as a form of identification and can be scanned at border crossings. Additionally, some countries have specific regulations regarding microchips for imported animals to ensure proper identification and traceability.

Common Misconceptions about Microchips

Below, we'll debunk some common misconceptions people may have about microchips.

Microchips Can Be Tracked in Real-Time

Microchips do not have a GPS function and, therefore, cannot be tracked in real-time. They can only be scanned by a special device to retrieve the information stored on them.

Microchips Cause Health Problems

Microchips are generally safe for cats and are commonly used for identification purposes. However, in very rare cases, some cats may experience localized swelling or infection at the implant site. Contact your vet if this happens to your cat.

Microchips Can Damage Easily

Microchips are typically encased in biocompatible glass, making them quite durable and designed to last a lifetime. The only way it can be damaged if the cat experiences a traumatic injury at the site where the microchip is.

How to Get Your Cat Microchipped

To get your cat microchipped, you just simply have to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. They have the knowledge and training to implant the tiny chip under your cat's skin without issue.

Afterwards, make sure you keep your contact information updated on the microchip registry so your kitty can be returned to you promptly if they become lost. Ask your vet about the brand of microchip so you can update the correct registry.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Schedule an appointment with Sawtooth Animal Center to get your cat microchipped today and give yourself peace of mind. Remember, a microchip is a small investment that can make a big difference in reuniting you with your beloved feline friend.

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