Cats in the UK must be microchipped by law, as of 10th June, 2024. This proactive measure aims to enhance pet safety, streamline reunification efforts, and ensure compliance with the law. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the significance of microchipping, practical considerations, and how to remain compliant.

Why Microchip Your Cat?

  1. Reuniting Lost Cats: With over 9 million pet cats in England, the introduction of mandatory microchipping facilitates swift reunification when a cat goes missing. Microchipped cats are more likely to be returned home safely.
  2. Proven Effectiveness: Microchipping is already compulsory for dogs and has proven highly effective in identifying lost pets. Dogs with microchips are twice as likely to be reunited with their owners.
  3. Simple and Safe: The process involves inserting a tiny chip (about the size of a grain of rice) under the cat’s skin. It contains a unique serial number linked to the owner’s details on a database.

Cat outdoors on a wall

How Does Microchipping Work?

  1. Implantation: A veterinarian inserts the microchip under the cat’s skin. The procedure is quick, safe, and relatively painless.
  2. Database Registration: The cat owner must register the microchip’s serial number on an approved pet microchipping database.
  3. Scanning and Reunification: When a lost cat is found, a scanner reads the microchip, revealing the owner’s contact details. This enables prompt reunification.

Compliance Guidelines

  1. Age Limit: Cats must be microchipped before reaching 20 weeks of age. This applies even to indoor cats.
  2. Database Maintenance: Keep your contact details up to date on the microchipping database.
  3. Exemptions: Free-living cats (such as farm or feral cats) without significant human interaction are exempt from this requirement.
  4. Penalties: Failure to comply could result in fines of up to £5001.

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Remember, microchipping your cat not only complies with the law but also ensures your beloved feline friend’s safety. 🐾2

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