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Cat Microchipping

What are Microchip IDs, and Why Would my Cat Need One?

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 a lost cat, but they can also become physically separated from your pet. However, microchipping cats ensures that they can be properly and quickly identified by a veterinarian or animal shelter, and also ensures that your pet's identification is never lost, stolen, removed or compromised. 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 a microchipping is right for your feline friend.

How is a Microchip Implanted?

For cats, a microchip is implanted through a syringe that injects it underneath the skin. Although there is no universally agreed upon location, the microchip is usually implanted between the shoulder blades. At approximately 12mm long, it is about the same size as a grain of rice. Implanting a 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 cats hurts about as much as having blood drawn. 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 cat microchipping procedures. 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 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. Most animal shelters and veterinary offices in the United States have RFID devices available to detect microchips.

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

Microchip Registration

A microchip itself is useless if your registration isn't submitted and then kept current. Don't hesitate to ask your veterinarian any questions about the registration process in order to ensure your beloved feline friend can be accurately identified with his or her pet microchip.

Can anyone with a Scanner Access my Contact Information?

A microchip for cats cannot compromise your personal privacy. When the RFID scanner picks up 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.

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