Should cats be microchipped? Yes!
As part of the Winter Park Veterinary Hospital’s wellness program, we recommend all cats be microchipped, even if they are indoor cats. This simple, relatively painless procedure installs a tiny chip the size of a grain of rice under your pet’s skin, between the shoulder blades. Each tiny microchip is encoded with your contact information and unique information about your cat. Once the microchip is inserted, it permanently remains in place and your pet is identified for life.
This information is entered into a national database. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters across the country are equipped with special scanners capable of detecting and reading microchips. If your cat is lost, his or her microchip is scanned, and the information is used to reunite you and your best friend.
If your cat is ever lost, microchipping provides a safe, effective way to help your pet make it home safely. Microchips are safe, unalterable, and permanent identification for cats. In the event they are separated from you, it may be your only means of being reunited with them.
You can visit the AVMA’s website and the Home Again website to learn more about some of the most frequently asked questions about microchipping.You can also use the Pet Microchip Lookup web site to find a pet’s owners based on the microchip number, independent of the microchipping company.