June is National Microchipping Month in the UK and it aims to raise awareness about the importance of chipping. All of our cats are chipped and I highly recommend it to all cat (and dog) owners. Lots of vet practices put on special offers at this time of year so check yours out to see if you can get it done at a reduced rate.
I thought I’d share the story of why we got our kitties chipped.
I had put off getting Pixie and Arty chipped (this was long before Oscar was on the scene) because I thought it was expensive and honestly really hadn’t given it much thought. Then came the worst day of our lives. Pixie was hit by a car. I can’t put into words how difficult that time was, I’ve never cried so much in my life.
We were lucky, Pixie made it home despite her injuries and was waiting for me in the space where I park my car. Once the initial shock had worn off I kept thinking ‘what if we hadn’t found her’ and ‘what if someone else found her’. She doesn’t wear a collar so how would anyone know she was ours? She might have been taken to a vet and we wouldn’t know. We wouldn’t think to phone around vets after she had been missing for only a few hours. If someone else had taken her to the vets and she had been chipped then they could scan her and phone us straight away.
It was this that made me get our cats chipped. It’s horrible to think about the worst situations like this but they do happen.
Pixie made a full recovery. She is a miracle cat.
If you don’t know much about microchipping then here’s what the Cats Protection have to say.
Microchipping offers cats a safe and permanent method of identification and increases the chances of a lost feline being safely reunited with his owner.
- Microchipping is the most effective way of identifying a lost pet (chips don’t come off or put the cat at risk of injury like collars can)
- Each microchip has a unique number which is stored on a national database. A scan of the chip reveals the owner’s name and address from the database’s records
- A microchip is slightly smaller than a grain of rice and is inserted under the cat’s skin between the shoulder blades
- The procedure is very simple and is no more painful than an injection. A cat will not be aware of the microchip’s presence once inserted