Learn more from our Walnut Creek veterinarians about the benefits of microchipping your cat, which increases the likelihood of finding them if they become lost.
What is a microchip?
Did you know that microchips can help vets and animal shelters locate pet owners if their animal is lost? This tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips are about the size of a grain of rice and can be easily implanted under your cat's skin using a needle.
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 not just get a collar and tag for my 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 work?
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 want to learn more, don't hesitate to ask.