No one likes to think about the possibility of their cat running away. However, sometimes cats slip through a cracked door and find themselves far from home. Microchipping is an added layer of protection for your cat that ensures if he or she is caught, an animal shelter or a veterinary office can scan the chip and contact you.
A procedure that only takes a few minutes, microchipping a cat can be done as early as five weeks of age; many shelters, however, wait until kittens are eight weeks old before microchipping.
Essentially, a microchip is a very small computer chip that contains your cats individual microchip number. The microchip is then registered to a microchip company where an online profile for your cat can be set up. This profile, created by you, contains vital information about your cat including your cats name, your name, phone number, address and is linked to your cats individual microchip number. The size of a grain of rice, the microchip is inserted under the skin of the area between your cat’s shoulder blades with a needle. It is non-toxic and should not provide your cat with any discomfort or allergic reactions.
Our clinic uses Petlink microchipping identification. Petlink allows owners to update information as needed directly through the website once the microchip has been registered. Petlink has one life- time registration fee when the microchip is first registered but the added benefit of no yearly or additional fees. An added benefit of microchipping is that you can always update your address information. If you move to a new city or state, your microchip will still be just as effective as long as you update your information through Petlink’s website.