Roblin Animal Hospital/ Red River Spay and Neuter Clinic:
Microchipping Your Cat
You’ve heard about microchips, but you’ve got an ID tag on your cat’s collar and besides, she’s an indoor cat and there’s no need to go to all the trouble of going to the vet to have this done. Right?
Wrong, it could reunite you and yourcat if something happens and they become lost. Even indoor cats can get lost. Never say never!
Microchips are a tiny computer chip (about the size of a grain of rice) which has an identification number programmed into it. It is encased in a smooth, strong biocompatible glass and is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle. They are implanted by way of standard injection like a vaccine is administered. It gets placed between the should blades in the subcutaneous later of skin. It is recommended to get this done at the time of yourcats spay/neuter while they are under anesthetic. However, it can be done at anytime with your pet awake.
Once a cat is injected with the chip it can be identified throughout its lifetime by this one-of-a-kind number. Its identification cannot be altered, lost or intentionally removed. The microchip is designed with an operating life of over 25 years and is guaranteed for the life of the animal. The chip requires no care and normally does not move around because connective tissue forms around it anchoring it into place. The majority of veterinary clinics and shelters across the country have universal scanners that can read most microchips.
Your veterinarian will have the ownership information forms on hand which they will provide to you when you have your cat chipped. Chipping is a relatively inexpensive insurance policy that you really should not overlook or delay. It could mean the difference between getting your pet back and not.