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Microchips for Cats

There are a few benefits to microchipping a cat, including increasing the likelihood of finding them if they become lost. Learn more about this technology from our Flat Rock veterinarians. 

What is a microchip?

Microchips are useful devices that can help owners find lost pets if they've wandered too far from home. These tiny, computerized chips are approximately 12mm long - about the size of a grain of rice. They are usually placed beneath your cat's skin, typically around the shoulder area. 

Some people wonder if might be invasive or difficult to implant the microchip. On the contrary, this process is quick and virtually painless, with most cats not experiencing any discomfort at all. 

If your cat is found and turned into a shelter or veterinary hospital, their information can be matched with the serial number on the chip, allowing your kitty to be safely returned to you. 

Our vets at Western Carolina Animal Hospital recommend having your cat microchipped if they are 14-16 weeks of age or older, and do not already have one, as unforeseeable circumstances and events happen every day. Pets can go missing unexpectedly.

How to Get a Microchip For Your Cat

Here are some steps to follow if you'd like to have your cat's microchip implanted:

  1. Contact us to schedule your cat's appointment. 
  2. On the day of the procedure, your vet will implant your cat's microchip using a syringe to inject it underneath the skin. Microchipping a cat only takes a few seconds, and cat's microchip is intended to last for your pet's entire lifetime. 
  3. After the chip has been implanted, you'll need to register your cat's information and the chip's serial number with the manufacturer. 

Why not just get a collar and tag for my cat?

Collars and identification tags are essential tools that can help lost cats find their way home. These tags provide people who might come across your feline friend an easy way to contact you by simply reading the tag and calling the phone number listed. 

Outdoor cats should always wear collars and ID tags, especially in an emergency. Include your name and phone number on your cat's tag. Even indoor cats can benefit from identification tags, as many frequently escape outside unnoticed, even under the most vigilant owner's supervision.

While collars and tags are helpful, they can get lost, leaving your cat without any identification. Microchips offer a permanent solution for identification purposes. Remember to keep your microchip registration information up to date. If you move or change your contact number, be sure to contact the microchip company to update your information.

How do microchips work?

If your cat is lost and found by a veterinarian or rescue organization, they will use a specialized microchip scanner capable of reading all modern chips, regardless of brand. The scanner is passed over the cat's back and sides, and the microchip sends 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.

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.

Need to book an appointment to get your cat microchipped? Contact our Flat Rock vets today.

Contact (828) 697-7767