If your cat was ever to get lost when wandering its territory, a microchip would be your best chance of being successfully reunited with your pet. Cat microchipping is a permanent ID system, which involves a chip, no bigger than a grain of rice being implanted under the skin of your pet’s scruff.
Every microchip has a unique number, which can be read by a portable scanner, that most vets, including all Blythwood Vets branches, local authorities and rescue homes have access to; which ensures your contact details can be easily obtained from the central microchipping database. Once we've used our scanner and your cat has been identified by their microchip, a simple phone call can reunite you with your pet.
Microchipping for Cats
Some people don't realise that microchipping is not only for dogs, but also for cats, ferrets, rabbits, snakes, parrot, tortoises and horses, and this procedure comes highly recommended by all the team at Blythwood Vets. Plus, it is now also a legal requirement for all cats to be microchipped by the time they are 20 weeks old.
It is also worth noting, that if you are planning on taking your pet abroad, they must be microchipped and have a pet passport. Plus, as all our microchips comply with the International Standard (ISO) at Blythwood Vets, they can be recognised by scanners abroad when used in the Pet Passport scheme - so there's no need to worry!
Cat Microchipping Procedure
If you're worried about sedating your cat, then you'll be pleased to know that sedation is not necessary for the implantation of the microchip. This is because the procedure causes only minimal discomfort and can be done in a routine consultation. The team at Blythwood Vets can arrange for a member of the team at one of our branches to scan your cat and check for a working chip.
And don't worry if you can't remember (or don't know) if your pet is microchipped as it is very easy to check for a microchip using a scanner. Rest assured, we all always check that an animal hasn’t already got a microchip before implanting a new one.
On the day of implant, you will be asked to complete a registration form, from which your details are then submitted to a national database by a Blythwood Vets team member. These details are kept on the database for your pet’s lifetime, and the fee for this service is included within the cost of implantation.
It is important to update any changes to your contact details as soon as possible as this information will be used to reunite you with your cat if they ever become lost.
At Blythwood Vets we have four branches that cover the North-West London area for your convenience. To book an appointment for cat microchipping or contact one of our team for more information, give us a call today!