Make sure your cat always makes her way back home with a microchip.Microchipping is a brilliant and cost-effect way to reunite lost pets with their owners. So why doesn’t everyone do it? Many cats are left out in the cold because they’re not microchipped—some people believe cats have a “built it” GPS and will always find their way home. But that’s not true, and both indoor and outdoor cats should be microchipped. Let’s talk about what microchips are and how they help your lost cat get home.
What is a Microchip?Also known as pet ID chips, microchips are about the size of a single grain of rice. They use radio frequency waves that contain information about your cat. In a quick procedure, the veterinarian implants the microchip using a syringe and places it between the shoulder blades, right beneath the surface of the skin. Your cat’s subcutaneous tissue will bond to the chip to keep it in place, although there’s always the small chance that it may migrate a little bit before it settles in one spot. A microchip lasts the lifetime of your pet, so you don’t need to worry about it replacing it. If your cat ever loses his way, an animal shelter or a veterinarian can use a handheld scanner to retrieve the chip’s information. This information includes a registration number, the microchip’s brand, and its contact information. The person who calls the registry can obtain your contact information, reuniting you and your kitty!