Green Dog Veterinary Center: The Importance of Cat Microchipping
What is Cat Microchipping?
Microchipping involves inserting a small, computerized chip under your cat's skin to serve as a permanent form of identification. It is typically placed around the shoulder area to reunite lost cats with their owners.
Why Veterinarians Recommend It
Veterinarians advocate for microchipping because it provides a reliable way to quickly identify lost cats and return them to their owners.
Safety and Pain Concerns
Microchipping is considered safe and pain-free. The procedure uses a beveled needle and can be done when the cat is awake or during spaying operations.
How Does It Work?
Shelters and veterinary hospitals use a scanning device to check for a microchip when a lost cat is brought in. Once scanned, the chip provides information that allows them to contact the owner.
Microchip vs. Collar
Although collars with tags can offer some form of identification, they can be easily lost. Microchips provide a more permanent solution.
Standard microchips do not offer location tracking. Unique collars might show this feature but are generally separate from the microchip.
Who Can Scan the Chip?
Almost all veterinary hospitals and shelters have scanners that can read microchip information.
Lost Microchip Information?
The information is stored online with the microchip provider if you lose or forget your microchip details. It's crucial to update your contact details if they change.
Only essential information like the owner's name and contact details are stored. This information is not publicly accessible; it is sent to the microchip company, which contacts you if your cat is found.
Microchipping is a safe and effective way to ensure lost cats can be reunited with their owners. It's a permanent, reliable form of identification recommended by veterinarians.