Get the Facts About Microchipping
A common misconception is that a pet’s microchip is a tracking device. These don’t track location, instead, they are radio-frequency identification (RFID) implants that provide a permanent form of identification for your pet. When a microchip scanner is passed over your cat, the microchip gets enough power from the scanner to transmit the microchip's ID number. Since there's no battery and no moving parts, there's nothing to keep charged, wear out or replace and the microchip will last your pet's lifetime.
How does an RFID microchip work?
When your cat's microchip is scanned, the ID number is associated with your details in a national database. These details can be updated by (you) the owner at any time. Most animal hospitals, vets, dog kennels and rescue shelters will have RFID microchip scanners should your microchipped cat end up lost and found by one.
How is an RFID microchip fitted?
Inserting the microchip can be done as early as one day old in a kitten. It's coated with a special type of glass that ensures the cat’s body won’t reject it. This will be quick and straightforward, using a sterile syringe that is preloaded with the microchip and injects just under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. No more painful than a routine vaccination, the procedure doesn’t even require any anaesthetic.
Keeping your cat’s microchip effective
One of the most important aspects of maintaining your cat’s chip will be ensuring that your details are up to date on the national database. You can even ask your vet to check the details annually when you do your routine visits. Now and then, quite rarely, microchips may move from where they were originally inserted or even fall out completely. It’s important to keep asking your vet to check on the microchip and that it’s still working when you stop in for appointments.