Cats can be quick to slip outside if the opportunity presents itself. Finding them can be difficult, especially if they don't have a collar with any identifying information. Here, our vets in Bakersfield talk about how microchipping a cat can help reunite them with their owners and how quick and simple the process is.
What are microchips for cats?
Preventive care is about more than just preventing illness and disease, it's about generally ensuring the health and safety of your cat. If your cat becomes lost, a microchip can help them to be reunited with you.
Some people think that it might be invasive or difficult to implant the microchip. The process is quick and virtually painless, with most cats experiencing no discomfort at all. After the chip is implanted, you need to register your cat's information and the chip's serial number with the manufacturer.
If your cat is ever found, their information can be matched with the serial number on the chip, allowing them to be safely returned to you.
Why do our vets recommend microchipping a cat?
When it comes to helping lost cats find their way home, collars and identification tags are essential tools. These tags provide an easy way for people to contact the owner by simply reading the tag and calling the phone number listed.
Outdoor cats should always wear collars and identification tags, particularly in case of emergency. It is important to include your name and contact number on your cat's tag. Even indoor cats can benefit from identification tags since they often manage to sneak outside unnoticed.
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 help reunite cats and their owners?
If your cat is lost and found by a vet or rescue organization, they will use a special microchip scanner that can read all modern chips, regardless of brand. The scanner is passed over the cat's back and sides, and the microchip will transmit 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 would like to learn more about cat microchipping please reach out to our veterinary team at Stine Veterinary Hospital.
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.