Many cat owners wonder if cat microchipping is necessary for their pets and if it's worth the expense. Here at CountrySide, we can help you take the proper steps to ensure your cat has the means of identification should your cat go unexpectedly go missing.
Cat microchips and tracking chip devices have many benefits than some cat owners realize. They are such an effective way to locate lost or stolen cats and dogs. In fact, statistics reveal that one in three pets will go missing in their lifetime and that ten million pets are lost annually. Unfortunately, it is estimated that up to ninety percent of these pets will never be reunited with their owners. However, according to the American Humane Association, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped cats is over 38% in comparison to 2% of non-microchipped cats.
Benefits of Cat Microchipping
Cat microchips are small, and approximately the size of a grain of rice. The implants do not transmit continuous signals, but passive radio frequency. Cat microchipping stores very useful information such as cat breed, name and description, vaccination schedule, owner, and veterinarian contact information. If your cat were to go missing, it can only be scanned by an animal shelter or veterinary clinic. Cat microchipping is an effective way to bring home your lost or stolen pet.
Additionally, cat microchips are different in comparison to GPS microchips. GPS microchips are worn externally on your cat's collar, and function through battery. These do give the exact location of the cat, however they can be removed purposely, which could it make it difficult to find your lost or stolen pet. Also, you cat could be too small for the GPS microchip.
Cat Microchip Implants
Often, we find that cat owners are reluctant to pursue cat microchipping services. Cat microchipping is not lengthy or anymore involved than a cat vaccination. The microchip ID that we offer comes inside a syringe with a slightly bigger needle. However, with a certified vet, the side effects of cat microchipping are rare and very minimal. The cat microchip will be placed under your cat's skin and is relatively painless. We always ensure you cat microchipping is completed carefully and professionally to ensure the safety of your beloved cat.
The vets here at CountrySide, recommend giving your cat a more universal microchip that can be scanned easily by animal shelters and other veterinary clinics. If your cat or kitten goes missing, you can reach out to your cat microchipping provider to inform them and they will alert the animal shelters and clinics in your area. If you have other questions regarding cat microchipping, contact us today. We will be happy to help you understand the benefits of cat microchips and dog microchips as well as listening to any concerns you may have.