17 July 2023

Cat Microchipping Becomes Law

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Claire Smith, Vet

In the United Kingdom, it has been a legal requirement to microchip dogs since 2016. However, until recently, microchipping cats has been optional. This has resulted in many cats not being microchipped and subsequently making it harder to reunite lost cats with their owners. To address this issue, the UK government has introduced a new law requiring all cats to be microchipped.

As of 6th April 2021, the new law requires all owners of pet cats in the UK to have their cats microchipped. Owners will have until 10 June 2024 to ensure their cat has a chip, for face a fine of up to £500. The law also requires owners to ensure that the information on the microchip is up to date. This includes the owner’s name, address, and contact details. The new legislation aims to increase the number of cats that can be reunited with their owners if they get lost or stolen.

The new law will not require feral or free living cats (such as barn cats or farm cats) to be chipped.

Microchipping is a quick and simple procedure that our lovely nurses during their clinic and we will register all the details for you. Cats are often unaware of the microchip being placed, especially as they eat a few treats whilst we do it. One microchip should last for life.

The Annual Vaccination and Health Check: The Perfect Opportunity

The annual vaccination and health check appointment is a significant event in a pet’s healthcare routine. It presents an ideal opportunity for vets to perform a comprehensive assessment of the pet’s overall well-being. By incorporating a microchip check into this routine examination, pet owners can conveniently address any concerns regarding the microchip’s functionality and make necessary updates, if required. This proactive approach not only ensures peace of mind but also contributes to the seamless functioning of the microchip as a reliable identification tool.

Keeping up to Date

It is of utmost importance to keep your pet’s microchip details up to date. Microchipping provides a permanent form of identification, but its effectiveness relies on accurate and current information. Should your pet ever go missing, having updated contact details linked to the microchip greatly improves the chances of a successful reunion. Remember to inform the microchip database of any changes in your address, phone number, or email so that you can be easily reached. By ensuring your pet’s microchip details are up to date, you are taking a proactive step towards their safety and ensuring a swift and smooth return home if they ever get lost.

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