The size of a grain of rice, the chip is injected in seconds and could be the ticket home for your cat
Millions of pets now carry a microchip. The microchip is safe, permanent and takes just a moment to administer; similar to vaccination. The tiny injectable chip contains a one-of-a-kind identification and is recognized worldwide.
Read about these Amazing microchip success stories:
--- Ted returns home after 10 years
--- Cheyenne found 3000 miles away, 7 years later
What is a microchip ?
It's a tiny computer chip which has an identification number programmed into it. The chip is encased in a smooth, strong biocompatible glass, and is tiny enough to fit into a hypodermic needle. Once an animal is injected with the chip, he can be identified throughout his life by this one-of-a-kind number. His identification information cannot be lost, altered or intentionally erased.
Does it hurt ?
Although the microchip needle is larger than a typical vaccine needle, your cat will likely react the same way to this shot as they do to any other. With the help of a local block, the actual implantation of the chip is painless and takes only seconds. Their physical performance is not impaired and there is no scarring. There is no substance that can burn or irritate; the chip, about size of a grain of rice, is completely biocompatible and non-offensive.
How does it work ?
The chip's ID number is scanned by virtually all shelters in the US
The microchip is injected just under the skin between the shoulder blades. It sits safely there, totally inert. A special scanner is used to read the microchip through the skin of the animal. The animal feels nothing as the chip's number quickly appears in the scanner's viewing window. With a phone call, the registered chip can be traced back to our clinic or to you.
Virtually all shelters and some vets scan all lost cats that are brought to their facility. When a microchip is detected, the shelter will contact the AVID or HomeAgain and be given our clinic's name (or your name if you registered directly with the database) and we can provide them your information.
How long does it last ?
The microchip has no batteries or internal energy source so it will last the life of your cat. After implantation, the microchip remains inactive until it is read with a scanner - the low radio frequency emitted by the scanner provides the microchip with the power necessary to transmit its unique code and positively identify the animal. Thus, the microchip itself has no internal power and will be able to transmit the ID code for the life of yor cat. Once injected, the microchip is anchored in place as a thin layer of connective tissue forms around it. The chip requires no care. It does not pass through or out of the body.
My cat stays strictly INDOORS. Why should he be microchipped ?
It only takes one time for the neighbor, friend, mover or the kids to leave the door ajar. Most shelters put down 3 out of 4 cats they impound due to space limitation. Many are put down because they are not identified.
My in/outdoor cat never goes far
Dogs, wildlife, other cats and strange noises could sometimes scare them into unfamiliar areas and losing their sense of direction. If he's turned into a shelter, a microchip could bring your cat home.
Microchipping greatly increases the chance of a missing pet being reunited with its owners quickly and without fuss.
It still does no harm to put contact information on a breakaway collar or tag. This way, if someone living on the next street finds your pet, the animal shelter can be avoided.