According to Home Again, over 10 million cats and dogs are lost or stolen every year in America, and it is said that 1 in 3 pets will become lost at some point in their life. To make matters worse, only 2% of cats are ever returned to their owners. However, according to research by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the return rate for microchipped cats is much higher at over 38%! Is your cat microchipped? If so, is their registration up-to-date? If the answer to either of these questions was, “No”, then we are here to help. This week is National Pet ID Week, and we want to celebrate by helping our fellow pet owners learn how to microchip, register, and update their cat’s IDs.
What are microchips?
Microchips are small devices the size of a grain of rice. Once implanted, the microchip is registered with your information and can be scanned by any shelter or veterinarian just in case your cat were to ever come to them if they were lost.
What is the procedure for implanting microchips? Does it hurt?
Microchips are injected just under the skin on the scruff of the neck. In fact, the procedure itself is no different than a simple vaccination.
Do I need to register my cat’s microchip? How do I update my information after it’s registered?
Getting your pet microchipped is the first step, but making sure that the information registered to that chip is correct is just as important. After your cat is microchipped, you have to register it in order for it to show your name, phone number, and address when it’s scanned. If you did register your cat’s chip, then congratulations! Don’t forget – If you’ve moved or changed your phone number since first registering the chip, then you will need to get in touch with the company that made your chip to update your information.
To register your microchip or update your information, you will need your cat’s microchip number. You may have this with the original documentation from when they were microchipped or your vet may have it on file. If neither of these apply to you, then we welcome you to bring your cat in to us, and we will scan them (free of charge!) to get the number for you.
At this point, you may get in touch with the manufacturer, either online or by phone, to ensure that your cat’s microchip is registered and up-to-date with your name, address, and phone number. There are many databases out there, but make sure that your cat is registered at the AHAA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool since it is the database that veterinarians or shelters will use to look up your pet if they happen to be lost and end up coming to them.
Don’t have a microchip for your cat? We welcome you to give us a call at (503) 968-6000 or even schedule an appointment with us online.
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