As of Monday 13th March 2023, new Government legislation has been introduced to make it compulsory for cats to be microchipped.
This will make it easier for lost cats to be reunited with their owners and returned home safely. As many as 2.3 million cats in England are currently unchipped.
The new law states cats must be microchipped by 20 weeks of age, with their up to date contact details stored on a pet microchipping database. All owners who currently own a cat who is not microchipped have until 10th June 2024 to get their cat chipped. If found not to have a chip, owners have up to 21 days to have one implanted. If they don’t comply they can face a fine.
To microchip your cat, we implant the chip under the skin in between the shoulder blades using a needle. Like any injection, this can cause some discomfort, so we will often place numbing cream on the area beforehand although most animals don’t notice anything as it’s all done in a matter of seconds.
We have reduced the price of this procedure for cats who don’t currently comply from £25 to £16. Please call us on 01603 455196 to arrange an appointment with a nurse to get your cat microchipped.
If your cat is already microchipped, please remember to check that your contact details are correct so that he or she can easily be returned to you if you find yourselves separated.