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What does microchip mean in a cat

In a cat, a microchip is a foreign object that is implanted under its skin. The cat needs a microchip for identification and to prevent loss of the pet.

How does microchip work?

The microchip stores a unique identification number that is used for identification and tracking by a computer chip reader. The microchip is inserted under the skin, usually on the animal's neck, but it can be implanted in other parts of the cat's body, such as the ears. Once the microchip has been inserted, the animal can be identified and tracked by a special microchip reader.

What should I do if I accidentally put a microchip on my cat?

If you put a microchip on your cat, you will need to keep the animal under close observation for the first few days to be sure the microchip is not dislodged.

What should I do if my cat gets lost?

If your cat gets lost, you will need to contact the microchip company, which will identify the cat and locate the owner.

Does microchip hurt?

A microchip is a tiny, harmless chip. There is no pain in the microchip procedure.

How long does it take to get a microchip?

Microchips can be inserted within minutes and will be effective immediately.

Is my cat microchipped if I am away?

Your cat must be microchipped before it can be adopted. If you are away and you have brought your cat to a shelter or veterinarian, the shelter or veterinarian will microchip your cat. A microchip is added at the time the cat is brought in, so your cat can be identified and traced.

How many microchips can I have on my cat?

You can have as many microchips as you like, but microchip companies are only able to give you one free microchip with each cat.

How long does it take for a microchip to work?

A microchip is effective immediately.

Can my cat be microchipped at a shelter?

Your cat must be microchipped before it can be adopted from a shelter or rescue organization. If you are an owner surrendering your cat, you can be given a free microchip by the shelter, but it will not be registered.

At what age can my cat be microchipped?

Microchipping is best done at six months of age and older.

How long does it take to get a microchip scanned?

Microchip companies scan microchips in under a minute and they are read instantly.

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