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WHY SHOULD I MICROCHIP MY CAT?
Reuniting you with your cat. The first thing, vets, cat rescue centres or the police will do with a stray cat is to scan it for a microchip. If the worst happens and your cat goes missing, if it has a microchip it is much more likely to be reunited with you.
Speed of finding you. If your cat is involved in an accident, vets will always administer basic first aid but, before more complex treatment can be given the owner must be found to give consent. A microchip will allow vets to contact you so that any treatment needed can be carried out without delay. Some animal rescue centres rehome stray cats after one week if they are not reclaimed. A microchip will ensure that rescue centres are immediately aware that your cat has a concerned owner and is not a stray.
Prevention of theft. Unfortunately the thieft of cats, particularly pedigree cats, is a grim reality. Microchipped cats are less likely to be stolen as thieves know that they will be harder to pass on. Tags to show that your cat has been microchipped are available, usually free of charge, when your cat is microchipped.
Proof of ownership. When you find your cat a microchip can assist with proof of ownership.
Address details on microchips. If you move house or rehome your cat to another person then the existing chip details will need to be updated to relect this. Chip details do not automatically update you have to notify the company and in some cases will be charged a small fee. The amount of times a rescue is delighted to find a cat has a chip and then finds the owner has failed to update their details as the address logged on the chip is not valid. It is always worth registering as many contact details as possible on a registration chip document, include mobile and emails address that may be unlikely to change even if your address does.
ALL CATS & KITTENS PASSING THROUGH CANTERBURY CATS PROTECTION CARE ARE MICHROCHIPPED BEFORE BEING REHOMED!
Updated Jan 2011