I should get my cat microchipped.
Q. Why should I microchip my pet?
A. A microchip is a permanent form of identification that can never be lost, altered, or destroyed. The SPCA for Monterey County has successfully reunited pets who traveled hundreds of miles away or pet that were lost for over a year before being found. A pet can slip out of a collar but they can never slip out of a microchip.
Which company should I get my microchip from?
Your pets health care provider will probably choose for you. But, you should know what chip they are installing and how it affects your pet’s safety. AVID and Home Again 125 kHz microchips can be scanned by all scanners presently in US animal shelters. To date, these brand of microchips have been placed in over 8 million pets in the United States. However, last year Banfield Pet Hospital (located in Petsmart stores) has recently adopted a 134.2kHz ISO microchip called RecoveryChipthat is manufactured by a european company. 134.2kHz microchips are also manufactured by Amercian companies Pethealth Services and Allflex. The decision about 134.2 or 125kHz is an import one because according to the The Humane Society of the United States the nation’s animal shelters may not have scanning devices that can read or detect the 134.2kHz pet identification microchips. Multiple lawsuits have been filed regarding the 134.2kHz chips. Until the debate settles, I would advise that you stick with the widely accepted chips from AVID or Home Again.
In my opinion, every pet should be microchipped. The only thing better than microchips for pets would be the ability to have a GPS in my cats. The day a gps device becomes small enough for cats and affordable, my cats will be first in line and they don't ever see the great outdoors. However, the "what if..." is enough to make me want to protect them. Meanwhile, pet microchips and collars and id tags are the next best thing. Microchips for pets are just a bit longer than a grain of rice, as you can see from the microchip pictures below, and are very affordable!
I think microchipping is the greatest thing that has come out! Every single one of my pets, both cats and dogs, have been microchipped! I honestly feel that it should be mandatory all dogs and cats be microchipped, along with their owners information kept current.Unfortunately, many years ago, before I started keeping my cats exclusively indoors, I experienced that very horror and not just once. One of my cats disappeared and I never found out what happened to her. She wasn't wearing a collar and it was in the days before there were microchips for pets. Was she shot by a hunter? Did an owl or hawk swoop down and carry her off? Unthinkable thoughts ran through my head and sometimes still do. Or did she wander off, get lost, end up in a shelter or someone else's home and couldn't be reunited with me because she couldn't be identified? Q: Why should I microchip my pets if they already wear collars and tags?
A: Collars and tags can be removed or get lost and tattooing can become illegible over time. Microchips are the only truly permanent method of identifying your dog or cat.Q: Why should I microchip my pet?
A: Registered microchips give lost pets the best chance of returning home. One in three pets become lost at some point during their life. A study published by the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association found that only 22% of lost dogs are reunited with their families. However, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs is more than 52%. The same study found that less than 2% of lost cats that enter animal shelters were reunited with their families. The return-to-owner rate for microchipped cats, however, increased to more than 38%.Q: What size is the microchip? Where is it located on my pet?
A: Your pet’s chip is smaller than a grain of rice. It is biocompatible and safe. It is located on the back, deeply under the skin between the shoulder blades.