Why Microchipping Cats Works

Some owners are concerned that the chip will cause an allergic reaction in their cat, or it will migrate to some other part of the cat. Chips have been in use for many years, and have been implanted in millions of pets, proving to be very safe. Chips are made of inert biocompatible materials, so that they do not cause allergic reactions. In the early years, some chips did migrate under the skin, but new technology has made migration rare.

What to Do If Your Cat Goes Missing

If you lose a cat that is microchipped, contact the chip manufacturer company or registration center with the pet's ID number. If you don't have the ID number on hand (and you should), the veterinarian who implanted the chip should have it. If you find a dog or cat, take it to a shelter or veterinarian to be scanned. If it has a chip, the owner can be found.

Microchips have one big disadvantage: They cannot be seen. They do come with a collar tag advising that the cat is chipped, but most cats don't wear collars. The best safety measure is still to keep your cat indoors and lock him in a separate room when you have company or workmen coming in and out. But even so, accidents happen and cats get out. Pets have been reunited with their owners years after being lost, thanks to their microchip. With luck, you'll never have to use your cat's chip number. But it's nice knowing it's there if you need it.

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