A few years ago, I literally lost my cat after moving our family from one location to another. It was completely my fault because the mistakes I made could have been prevented.…
by Gayle Bentham
There are many benefits to getting your cat microchipped and the procedure can be done relatively cheaply and painlessly at your local veterinary surgery. A microchip is very small, about the size of a grain of rice. Using a syringe, a vet can quickly insert a microchip under the skin of a cat around its shoulder blades. Microchipping a cat costs around $30-$50 in the USA and £20-£30 in the UK.
Microchipping a cat is one of the best ways to identify your pet. While collars and tags work well also, while these can sometimes get lost, a microchip can’t. Some cats dislike wearing collars – they can cause discomfort and become snagged easily. Even if your cat doesn’t mind wearing a collar there is still the chance that it can become lost.
A bill was sent to President Bush to sign, this Thursday, supporting the use of open pet microchip technology in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Both Houses of Congress seek the ability to add different languages to the program, thus creating a system that would enable all scanners to read all pet microchips, regardless of where they originated.
Previously, the U.S. House of Representatives had included language that