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Should I get my cat microchipped?

Should I get my cat microchipped?

Discover the advantages of microchipping your cat by consulting our veterinarians in Los Angeles County. This effective measure enhances the chances of locating your feline in case they wander away.

What is a microchip?

Do you know that microchips are a useful tool for vets and animal shelters to reunite lost pets with their owners? This small radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips, which are roughly the size of a grain of rice, can be easily inserted under your cat's skin with a needle. The process is quick and painless, and most cats feel no discomfort at all. Once the chip is in place, you will need to register your cat's details and the chip's serial number with the manufacturer. If your cat goes missing and is later found, their information can be matched with the serial number on the chip, making it possible for them to be safely returned to you.

Why not just get a collar and tag for my cat?

For lost cats, collars and identification tags are crucial tools to help them find their way back home. These tags make it easy for anyone who finds your cat to contact you by simply reading the tag and calling the phone number listed. Outdoor cats need to wear collars and identification tags in case of an emergency. Make sure your cat's tag includes your name and contact number. Even indoor cats can benefit from identification tags since they may accidentally escape outside.

While collars and tags are useful, they can get lost, leaving your cat without any identification. Microchips provide a permanent solution for identification purposes. Remember to keep your microchip registration information up to date. If you move or change your contact number, be sure to update your information with the microchip company.

How do microchips work?

In the event that your feline companion goes missing and is discovered by a veterinarian or rescue group, they will utilize a special microchip scanner that is capable of reading all types of modern chips, regardless of the brand. The scanner is gently passed over your cat's back and sides, and the microchip will transmit its unique identification number to the scanner.

The rescuer will then contact the national database to retrieve your phone number and inform you that your cat has been found. Moreover, microchips come in handy in verifying ownership in the event that your cat is stolen. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to ask.

If you'd like to find out more about getting your cat microchipped, contact our Los Angeles County vets today.

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