Cat Microchipping

New cat microchip law

From 10 June 2024, it will be a legal requirement in England to microchip your cat if they’re older than 20 weeks. Only feral, farm, unowned and community cats who have little or no human interaction or dependency are exempt from microchipping and in all other cases owners found not to have microchipped their cat will have 21 days to have one implanted, or may face a fine of up to £500.

Microchipping is quick and easy to get done, and it will help you get your cat back if they go missing.

How does microchipping work?

A tiny microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) is quickly and simply inserted under your cat’s skin, usually at the back of the neck. This gives your pet their own unique code. Once in place, it can’t be seen, but can be read by a scanner. Your cat won’t be able to feel the microchip once it is put in place, and the microchip itself shouldn’t cause any problems.

The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner’s contact details, which are kept in one of the national databases.

How much does it cost?

Prices typically vary between £10-£30. Only a trained professional such as a vet can fit your cat with a microchip. You can arrange an appointment at your local vet. Some animal charities and organisations also offer microchipping.

Keep your details up to date 

If you move house or change your phone number you must make sure you tell the database you’re registered with so that they have your up-to-date contact details. It can be near impossible to reunite pets with their owners if the owner cannot be contacted.

This year, we have taken in 17 ‘stray’ cats, only 3 of these cats were microchipped, unfortunately only 1 of these cats microchip details were correct and up to date which made it easier to get them back home where they belong!


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