Microchipping is a simple, speedy and completely safe procedure where a microchip the size of a grain of rice is inserted under a pet’s skin. The chip carries a number unique to your pet, which is registered on a database. This holds details about your pet, as well as your own contact details, which is a godsend, should your pet get lost and picked up as a stray. Studies have even been conducted to prove the effectiveness of microchips in successfully reuniting lost pets with their owners – we see it often at the Home.
In the grand scheme of things, microchipping is still a fairly new form of pet identification. Fortunately though, through ease of availability and changes in both attitude and legislation, it is one that has been widely adopted. PDSA’s 2018 PAW Report states that 32% of cats in the UK aren’t microchipped, which is surprising, given the free-roaming nature of our feline friends.
Microchipping your cat greatly increases your chances of being reunited with them if it were to run away, get lost, or be stolen. Collars and tags serve a similar purpose, but can be removed. A microchip stays with the cat for life. No one wants to go through the trauma of losing a pet, so microchipping is a big step in the right direction to them being found and identified quickly and easily.
At the Home, all animals will be microchipped prior to rehoming, and we’re proud to offer microchipping for any dog or cat that needs it, in exchange for an optional donation to support our work at the Home.
If you’d like to know more about microchipping or to arrange to have your pet microchipped, please contact us at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home by calling 0131 669 5331 or by visiting us at 26 Seafield Road East, Edinburgh.