Microchipping your cat increases the chances that they will be found if they get lost. Read on to learn more about how microchipping is beneficial for cats.
What is a microchip?
A microchips is a tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip. It is approximately the size of a grain of rice, and is usually placed under the skin on the back, between the shoulder blades.
The chip is implanted with a needle, and no surgery is required. The chip implant process involves little discomfort, and most cats do not have much of a reaction to it.
Once the chip is implanted, you will register its serial number with the company that produces the chip. This way, if your cat is found, they can be traced back to you.
Why not just get a collar and tag for my cat?
Collars and tags are useful tools when it comes to returning lost cats to their owners. Anyone can read a tag, and call the phone number listed on it to contact the owner. If you let your cat outside, they should always wear a collar with your name and contact phone number on it. This is even a good idea for indoor cats, in case the get outside.
That being said, collars and tags can easily fall off and get lost, leaving your cat with no identifying information. Microchips are permanent and cannot be lost. Provided you keep your registration information up to date, any vet or rescue organization with a microchip scanner will be able to contact you, and return your cat.
How do microchips work?
The vet or rescue organization will use a special scanner to read the microchip. These scanners are universal can read all modern chips, regardless of their brand.
When the scanner is passed over the cat's back and sides, the microchip will transmit its unique identification number to the scanner.
The rescuer will then get in touch with the national database, which will in turn contact the owner of the cat.
Microchips can also be very helpful when it comes to proving ownership.
Contact our Memphis vets today to book a microchip appointment.
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