Microchipping Your Cat

Posted on 20/07/2015

Call your veterinarian ask about having your cat microchipped.  It is a very simple procedure that involves injecting a tiny chip under the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. That chip has a unique number on it that can be picked up and read by a scanner. It takes the same amount of time it takes to give any injection - mere seconds!  It actually takes more time to do the paperwork than implant the microchip.

It's not only dogs that should be microchipped, there are huge benefits from microchipping your cat as well.  If you lose your cat and it isn't microchipped you might never see it again and you will be left worrying about its fate.  Even the most stay-at-home cat can occasionally stray or be frightened off by a dog, aggressive cat or fireworks.  Some are very nosey and hop into strange cars which may drive off with them on board.  There is also a chance of your cat becoming ill or injured, perhaps even hit by a vehicle, in which case they may be disorientated and in pain. In any of these cases your beloved pet may be picked up by a concerned member of the public and taken to a vet or the SPCA.  If the cat is microchipped and registered on the NZCAR national database, your contact details can be found immediately and you and your cat will be reunited right away.

Another benefit of having your cat microchipped is that you are then able to install a microchip cat door in your home, which will allow only your cat to come inside.  You will have no more worries about the neighbourhood Tom breaking in, bullying your cat, eating its food, and possibly spraying inside your house.  This kind of invasion is no longer possible if you have a microchip cat door! You can purchase these from many pet stores, veterinary clinics and also online.  

Please have your cat microchipped - SPCA Otago cannot recommend it highly enough!