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    Kittens - Microchip Identification

    Articlegeneral cat adviceFriday 20 May 2011
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    Owning a pet in the modern day is rife with considerations – and none as interesting as the concept of the pet microchip. For many owners, a cat flap microchip also offers the peace of mind and security they need to allow their cat to wander around outdoors freely.

    Learn more about the benefits of microchipping cats in the guide below Alternatively, you can read our guide to pet tags on our sister site, Click Pets.

     

     

     

    Pet Microchip: Should I Microchip Cats?



    1.    Firstly, it’s important to know exactly how a microchip works, and how much it will cost to chip kittens. In effect, a microchip is a tiny device, often no larger than a grain of rice, that can be inserted into the skin just underneath the shoulder blades. The chip contains data in the form of the number, which can be directly linked to you – so if your cat goes missing, a vet or rescue centre will be able to reunite you with your pet.

    2.    Surprisingly, a pet microchip costs less than you might think – this sophisticated piece of equipment can cost as little as £25 at the vet. Therefore, if you can’t bear the thought of being parted from your feline friend, a pet microchip really is worth the extra expense.

    3.    Naturally, you may have concerns about whether the microchipping process is safe. This tiny device will cause your kitten little or no discomfort, and leading cat health organisations such as the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) have approved microchip cat care for a number of years. In fact, vets often find it extremely useful to have a national database of microchip information.

    4.    The only ‘problem’ with pet microchips that can occur is when the microchip slips out of place, lower down the body. There is no need to panic if this happens, as your cat will not experience any pain – it’s simply troublesome for the vet, as a scan may not instantly reveal the sign of a microchip.

    5.    In some cases, you’ll be legally obliged to buy a pet microchip, most commonly when you are applying for a pet passport. However, for the majority of kitten owners, it’s simply good common sense to buy a pet microchip, whether it’s for your own peace of mind or a means of helping others to return the cat safely in the event it goes missing. Nowadays, you can even buy a cat flap microchip as a further method of ensuring your cat a safe and secure living environment.


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