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Posted on 11-06-2015
It used to be that unless you had a current tag on your cat the chances of finding them if they went missing were slim. With the advances in modern technology, however, that is quickly changing. Although, some people may be opposed to microchipping, having your cat microchipped will help shelters and veterinarians reunite you with your cat if they were ever to become lost.
What is a Microchip?
Before you decide to microchip your cat, you should have a full understanding of what a microchip is and what it isn’t. A microchip identification tag is a small computer chip that contains information about you and your cat, electronically that is. The chip itself has a number that only your pet has; that number is stored in a database that shelters, animal control and veterinarians have access to. The chip is inserted under the skin with a needle; it is a simple procedure, which only takes seconds to place.
The chip is most commonly placed between the shoulder blades. Since the chip is skin deep you may be able to feel it occasionally, depending on the size and weight of your cat. Over time the chip can migrate, because it is only skin deep it will not migrate into any vital organs. Animal shelters and veterinarians are aware that chips can migrate and as a result will scan a lost pet’s entire body to check for a microchip.
When is my kitten old enough for a Microchip?
Cats can be given the microchip as young as five weeks old. Size and age of your cat is what determines the appropriate time to insert the chip. Although the insertion of the microchip is noninvasive and does not require anesthesia, the staff at Alpine does recommend to place the mircrochip during their routine spay/neuter.
Do Microchips have GPS?
Microchips are not a Global Positioning System (GPS) or tracking device. You are not able to use the microchip as a way to track your cat if they become lost. In order for the microchip to be effective you should make sure your information (phone number, home address, and emergency contact) is up to date. We recommend that you do this once a year or at the very least every time you move or change numbers.
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