Identification for Cats – Microchipping and collars/ID

Hundreds of animals are brought to veterinary practices every year, by the RSPCA, the Police and members of the public. Some are completely healthy! Others are sick or injured. Pets without ID are stray. Strays animals, where possible are rehomed, or alternative difficult decisions have to be made based on age, injury, and health.

We recommend identification, so that you can be contacted if your pet is found, and it ensures valuable treatment choices can be made. Microchipping and collar/tag are suitable ID. Reflective collars can allow vehicles to see cats at night that may dash across the road. Collars can show obvious ownership, which may help prevent well-meaning members of the public feeding your pet. We all know cats love to show they are starving, to everyone they see! The down side to collars, is that they often fall off and can cause injury. The decision to use a collar, must be carefully considered, and should be your own decision.

We recommend microchipping because:

It is permanent identification, through a quick and simple implantation. A rice sized chip is inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades

It is proof of ownership if your pet is stolen

It allows reunification if your pet is lost, stolen or injured

Can be implanted from an early age. We recommend from second vaccination

You should have your pet’s microchip checked at least annually and ensure your contact details are up to date at all times.

*Microchipping is mandatory for the Pet Travel Scheme, should you choose to travel with your pet