Did you know it will be compulsory for all cats over 20weeks old in England to be microchipped by 10 June 2024?
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The implant procedure is simple – it is a small chip the size of a grain of rice which is implanted by a needle under the skin between the shoulder blades. It can be done in a normal consult by one of our vets or registered veterinary nurses.
2. Not all pet microchips are equal – at Priory we have started using thermochips which not only hold your pet’s unique identification number but have smart technology which enables them to read your cats temperature. These can then be scanned in consults and during anaesthesia to provide reliable body temperature readings (without having to use the dreaded rectal thermometer!) as well as being compatible with smart accessories for your home e.g. chip reading food bowls/ water trays and cat flaps so that you can track your pets normal body temperature and pick up on early signs of ill health. This is particularly beneficial for cats as they are very good at hiding early signs of disease and reduces stress associated with measuring their temperature at the vets.
3. Having your pet chipped is not enough – contrary to some beliefs an id chip does not store your personal information, it only provides us with a 15-digit number which is unique to that chip. This number should then be registered to you on a national database which holds your contact details
Our top tips for registering your Pets Microchip:
- Ensure your pet’s chip is registered with one of the 21 DEFRA approved databases with 24/7 access for finders. These are linked so that when the number is searched with one it will be found regardless of which organisation it is registered with. We currently recommend HomeAgain which offers a 24hr UK-based customer support team and allows pet owners to register pets, update contact details, transfer keepership and register multiple contacts to a single microchip – all free of charge
- Provide more than one phone number (ideally a home number and at least 1 mobile number). This can really minimise the time it takes to reunite you with your pet.
- Keep your details up to date. This can be done by contacting the database directly. Please note some databases charge an admin fee for changing your details.
- If your pet is lost, contact the company so they can mark the number with an alert. Some of these companies have facilities to send alerts out to local vets/rescue homes etc to help spread the word.
What happens if I choose not to chip my cat?
From 10 June 2024 you could face a fine up to £500 if your cat is not chipped. However, most importantly, if your cat is lost or injured and brought in to a vet or rescue centre, they have no way of contacting you which may delay treatment if required or ultimately result in the organisation being unable to reunite you with your pet.
What do I do next?
If your cat is NOT chipped – lucky them, they can have a Thermochip! Please contact us for an appointment. We can also implant chips during other appointments e.g. vaccinations, just remember to tell us your cat requires an id chip when you book the appointment.
If your cat is already chipped – check your details are up to date! Not sure which database your pet is registered with? It doesn’t matter- just choose one e.g. Homeagain.co.uk and enter your pets ID number. If it registered on another DEFRA- approved database the website will tell you which one to contact with their details. Not sure what your pet’s chip number is? Please contact us- we should have it on your pets file but if not, you can bring your pet to any of our branches to be scanned and we can give you their ID number.