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Should You Microchip Your Cat?

Whether you allow your cat outdoors or not, there is always a possibility that your pet could get lost. It might bolt out the door one day when you are not paying attention, or escape its harness and leash even under supervision. If you want to give your kitty the best chance of getting back to you, you are going to want to go further than a tag that could get lost. You are going to want to microchip your cat.

What is Microchipping?

WebMD explains, “A needle is used to place a little chip under the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. That chip has a unique number on it that can be picked up and read by a scanner.”

After your pet receives the chip, you register it. Then, if your pet is lost, someone can scan the chip and reach out to the chip provider. That company will then reach out to you.

What are the Pros and Cons?

The advantage of chipping is obvious—it could mean the difference between being reunited with your lost cat or not. But are there any drawbacks?

Complications are possible, but they are very rare. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) writes, “In 1996, over 4 million animals have been microchipped and only 391 adverse reactions have been reported. Of these reactions, migration of the microchip from its original implantation site is the most common problem reported. Other problems, such as failure of the microchip, hair loss, infection, swelling, and tumor formation, were reported in much lower numbers.”

So, with the risks of not microchipping far outweighing those of microchipping, we recommend you do so for your pet’s safety.

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