The microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is administered by injection under the skin of the back of the neck.
The basic information you must keep to hand There are two things to keep a record of: The chip number — store it somewhere! Your address book, your computer, your documents folder, your phone. The telephone number of the relevant chip company — in the UK there are multiple chip databases. Next time you visit your vet, ask them to scan your cat to make sure the chip is still there and active and ask them to keep a record of your cats chip number- just in case!
The chip registration process Most rescues chip their cats prior to rehoming, and if you adopt a cat from a rescue you should be advised of this and the chip registration process. Whilst you will be excited to get your new friend home, please listen to this and take away and read any literature you are given. If you get your cat chipped directly by a vet or approved implanter, they too will often register the chip for you.
The kitten should not have unsupervised outside access until this time. Keeping contact details up to date It is upsetting and too common to find cats coming to us are chipped, but that the contact details are out of date. Make sure that updating your cats microchip contact details is on the your to-do list. Depending on the chip company, you may find you need to pay an administration charge to update your records.
With many chip companies you can pay a one-off fee, which allows you to make unlimited updates to your contact details for the life of your pet. I have adopted a cat directly from a member of the public — how do I update the chip details?
We recommend any cat adopted directly from a member of the public is taken for a vet check and registration shortly after adoption. As appropriate, your vet can advise on flea and worm treatments, neutering , vaccination and microchipping.
If the cat is already chipped, the details on that chip should be those of the previous owner and they should provide you with paperwork from the chip company supporting this.
This paperwork includes a section in the event of a transfer of ownership, which you as the new owner can complete and return. If you are unable to obtain this paperwork, contact the chip company directly by telephone.
They will take details from you and advise you on the next steps. To prevent unauthorised changes of ownership, chip details can not usually be updated via telephone, there and then.
My cat is chipped and has gone missing — what should I do? If your chipped cat goes missing you should notify the relevant microchip database. If you know the details on the chip are out of date, please contact the database and explain to them.
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