At the beginning of each year, we often look to the coming months with hope and a sense of renewal. However, a year is a long time and there will likely be both ups and downs. Preparing for the worst with your pets is a great way to get the year started, so here is a quick guide to microchipping cats, what it means, and why it matters.
What is a Microchip?
A lot of people believe that microchipping your pets basically means that there is a GPS tracker inside of them that you can use to locate them in the event that they get lost. However, this is not the case. The Microchip that you can have placed in your pets is more like a ID tag than a tracker. If your pet gets lost, someone can trace the ownership of the animal back to you using the microchip. Animal Control services will always check the chip before taking the animal to a shelter, which means that your beloved pet will have a much higher chance of coming home.
Does the Microchipping cats Hurt?
This tiny identification device is about the size of a grain of rice. Though your cat may not like the idea of shots of any kind, the procedure is relatively painless and very simple. The microchip is implanted between the shoulder blades and can then be used for the rest of their natural life to help them stay safe.
Does My Indoor Cat Need a Microchip?
A lost pet is not usually planned, so even if your cat doesn’t go outside regularly, they can still escape. Many people do not collar their indoor cats, but even if you do, the microchip serves as a last line of defense in case the collar and tag is lost. We can’t always plan for the worst, but microchipping your pets is a great way to try.
Contact the Catonsville Cat Clinic to Learn More
If you’re looking to have your cats microchipped or you have more questions about the process, contact us today. We’re here to help you ensure that your cat stays healthy and safe not only for 2020, but for years to come.