Microchipping Cats

Cats absolutely need a form of identification, even if they are indoor-only cats. Indoor cats do escape at times, and unlike human children, cats are unable to vocalize their names and addresses.  Laws requiring microchip for pets have been instituted by the European Pets Travel Scheme (PETS), as well as state and local laws in the U.S. The Companion Animals Act in Australia requires the microchipping of all cats and dogs acquired since July 1, 1999.

The microchip is a “living tissue friendly” glass bead about the size of a grain of rice. It is embedded with a unique number which will be registered with the owner’s address and contact information in a database. Inserting a microchip is very similar to giving an injection. The chip is placed into a large needle with a special injector, and is inserted deeply under the skin between the shoulder blades of the cat. The insertion is relatively painless and cats do not seem to mind too much, however we recommend that the chip is inserted into a kitten whilst they are being neutered and under anaesthetic.

Traditionally all microchips have been the same size, but at Burghley Vets we have investigated the microchips and have sourced a smaller microchip!