A cat’s natural instinct is to roam. How often does your house cat stare out the window wishing he could chase birds and climb trees? It would be all too easy for him to escape your house as you’re entering the door.
If you have an outdoor cat, the possibility that he will wander too far and become lost is very high: Approximately 10 million pets are lost every year, and only 10% of them make it back to their owners.
So what can you do to protect your cat?
A microchip provides a way for your cat to come back home to you if he gets lost.
What Exactly Is a Cat Microchip Implant?
A microchip is a tiny device about the size of a grain of rice that is placed under your cat’s skin. Once the chip is in place, you’ll go online to enter your contact information in the national pet recovery database. Should your lost cat be taken to a pet shelter or vet, the microchip will be scanned, and whoever found your cat can recover that data to contact you.
Difference Between a Cat Microchip And a Cat GPS Tracker
If your cat wanders away from home and gets lost, a cat microchip will only help you if someone else picks up your cat. Should a helpful neighbor or animal control specialist take your cat into a pet shelter or vet, the chip can be scanned.
There’s no guarantee that someone will pick up your cat, but this device is ultimately a good idea because it’s always under the skin, so there’s no way your cat might accidentally remove it. It needs no battery to operate, only a compatible scanner.
Alternatively, a cat GPS tracker uses GPS technology to actively track your cat’s whereabouts and find him if he gets lost. You can track him down yourself if he wanders too far.
However, this type of device requires GPS coverage and a battery. It’s usually found within a cat collar and could be removed easily if your wandering cat wriggles out of it. If the battery runs out, the GPS technology won’t work, and it’s likely that you won’t find your lost cat.
Ultimately, a combination of these two devices would work best to make sure you always know where your pet is.
Why Should My Cat Get a Microchip?
Only about 2% of lost cats get returned to their owners, but for cats with a microchip, that number rises dramatically to 38%. When you take the time to microchip your cat and register his information in the online database, you increase the chance to find him should he ever get lost.
A microchip is an invaluable tool in your arsenal to find your beloved furry family member.
Are There Any Side Effects To Microchipping My Cat?
Just as with any other medical procedure, there are some potential side effects. There may be a hemorrhage, infection or other irritation at the injection site. If you turn to a qualified vet for the microchipping, the risks are virtually eliminated.
Is The Microchipping Procedure Painful?
The procedure is practically painless with about the same discomfort to your cat as a vaccine. The chip is injected using a syringe between your cat’s shoulder blades. Your cat may be sensitive in that area for a short time after the procedure but will return to normal within a day or two.
Ok, let’s go for it! What’s next?
If you’ve decided to microchip your cat, you’re making a great choice for his safety! Pick up a cat microchip implant like the HomeAgain Microchip Implant Kit or check directly with your vet.
Once your vet implants the microchip, make sure to register your cat in the pet recovery database with up-to-date information. Your vet can give you more information about how to access the database.
It’s important to ask your vet to check the microchip yearly at your annual checkup. This gives you a chance to make sure the microchip is working and ensure that the database information is still accurate.
Do you have any questions? Ask us about any other information you’d like to know, and we will be pleased to answer your questions!