Feline Microchipping

It can be the most frightening moment—for you and your cat—when you realize he or she is lost. Statistically speaking, only about 2 percent of lost cats find their way home again. There are ways, however, that you can significantly improve your odds of being reunited when your cat runs away or becomes lost. Our cat veterinarian in Chicago recommends having your cat fitted with a cat microchip and that you keep updated, as well as legible tags on your cat’s collar at all times.

Name tags together with pet microchipping is the ideal combination. Ideally, your cat will have legible, accurate tags with your phone number on them can be read by anyone who finds your cat, enabling them to get your cat back to you quickly. However, a microchip lasts for the life of your cat and can be read by microchip scanners at shelters and veterinary clinics across the country, even if your cat’s collar and tags get lost or rubbed down to the point of becoming illegible.

Pet Microchipping Saves Lives

Pet microchipping is a simple outpatient process. We can do it during a regular wellness checkup, during a spay or neuter surgery, or during an appointment specifically for inserting the cat microchip (on the back between your cat’s shoulder blades). Our cat veterinarian in Chicago will use a hypodermic needle with a larger gauge than what we use for vaccinations to insert a tiny microchip about the size and shape of a grain of rice. The cat microchip is encased inside of an inert glass capsule. The capsule is hypoallergenic and bonds to the tissues inside the skin so it remains within millimeters of where it was injected for the entire life of your cat. The tiny transmitter inside of the cat microchip does not actually transmit any signals. It simply waits to be read by a scanner, much in the same way that a barcode waits to be read at the store.

Because the larger gauge needle can hurt a little more than a vaccination, our cat veterinarian in Chicago often suggests doing this while your cat is still under anesthesia during a spay or neuter surgery. Nevertheless, the pain is only temporary, but brings the lifelong benefit of being able to connect your cat to your contact information so that you can be reunited if your cat is ever lost.

It’s vital to remember that the microchip is only as good as the contact information listed with the cat microchip registry. During the appointment when our cat veterinarian in Chicago does the microchipping, we will fill out all the necessary forms to have your microchip registered with your contact information. After that, you must remember to update your contact information with the registry anytime you move, change phone numbers, or go on an extended vacation. The same goes for the tags on your cat’s collar—update them whenever your contact information changes.

To learn more about cat microchipping, call us at 773-631-5300.

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