Four Things you Might not have Known about Microchipping your Cat
The following is a guest post from Gayle Bentham from SureFlap Ltd:
1. Microchips can be more effective than collars
A collar and tag can be a great visual way to instantly identify your cat if he becomes lost. But what happens if your cat loses its collar? If your cat doesn’t have a microchip as a back-up, it is very unlikely that your beloved pet can be returned to you if it loses its collar. A cat’s microchip cannot get lost and will work as a permanent form of identification for your cat for its entire lifetime. If you prefer your cat to wear a collar, make sure he also has a microchip as a back-up.
2. Your cat won’t need to be sedated to be microchipped
A microchip is small, about the size of a grain of rice. Your cat can be microchipped at your local veterinary surgery in a quick and simple procedure that doesn’t require your cat to be sedated. The microchip is inserted by a veterinarian into the loose skin behind your cat’s neck using a syringe. The whole procedure is over quickly, and often painlessly. If your cat finds visits to the vets distressing, why not take him to be microchipped the next time he needs his booster jab?
3. Microchipping your cat could be the cheapest way to identify your pet
The cost to microchip your cat varies greatly, but in many countries it’s cheaper than you might think. A collar and tag might appear to be the cheaper form of pet identification, but it could be more expensive than microchipping if your cat loses its collar regularly. The cost of replacement collars soon adds up and you might end up spending more money on them than you would to microchip your cat. You will only need to pay to microchip your cat once.
4. If your cat is microchipped, it can use a SureFlap Microchip Cat Door
Many cat owners have experienced the problem of neighbourhood cats terrorising their pet by entering their home through an ordinary cat door. Such an intrusion can cause considerable stress to the resident cat. If your cat has a microchip, he can benefit from a SureFlap Microchip Cat Door, which reads your cat’s unique microchip number and only unlocks for your pet. Only your cat has access through the SureFlap, stopping other cats and wildlife at the door! The SureFlap can also be used internally in multi-cat households to create separate feeding areas for cats on different diets.
Gayle Bentham is the Marketing Assistant for SureFlap Ltd, who manufacture and sell the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap. For more information about SureFlap, visit www.sureflap.com.