Should I get my cat microchipped?

Discover the advantages of microchipping your cat with insights from our veterinarians in Danbury, which increase the likelihood of finding them if they become lost. 

What is a microchip?

Did you know that microchips aid veterinarians and animal shelters in reuniting lost pets with their owners? These small radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips, similar in size to a grain of rice, are painlessly inserted beneath your cat's skin using a simple 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.

In the event your cat is found, the serial number on the chip helps match them with their information, ensuring their safe return to you.

Why not just get a collar and tag for my cat?

When it comes to aiding lost cats, collars and ID tags are crucial tools. They enable people to contact you by reading the tag and dialing the number provided. Especially for outdoor cats, wearing collars and tas is advised, offering preparedness for emergencies. Ensure the tag includes your name and contact number, even indoor cats benefit from such tags as they can unexpectedly venture outside. 

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 a vet or rescue organization finds your lost cat, a specialized microchip scanner is used. This scanner reads modern chips of any 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 serve as proof of ownership if your cat is stolen. 

To learn more about microchipping your cat, reach out to our vets in Danbury  today.