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What age can a cat be microchipped

Microchipping is safe for kittens and cats of all ages.

How do you microchip your cat?

The cat's owner must hold the cat just behind the head, in the same manner as a person being fingerprinted. Then the owner places the cat in position for the microchip insertion. This is done by holding the cat, by the collar and back, in the same way as would be done with a gun—but with the muzzle slightly downward.

The microchip is then inserted into the skin in the neck area. The microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice and is injected into the skin at a 90-degree angle to the skin surface. The microchip will remain in the skin for the life of the cat. This is the safest and most effective way to permanently identify a cat.

How long does it take a microchip to work?

The microchip is very safe and effective in identifying a cat. Once inserted, a microchip is virtually indetectable by man and animal.

How many cats can one microchip?

A microchip can only be placed on one cat. If you wish to permanently identify your cat's offspring, a new microchip must be inserted after the kittens are weaned.

How do you remove a microchip?

The microchip is very safe and will not fall out of the skin. If it is ever desired to remove the microchip, the skin will simply be pressed apart and the microchip removed.

Do you have a vet on staff to microchip your cats?

All of our microchipping is done by one of our staff veterinarians. We are not equipped to do the microchipping.

How many cats are microchipped each year?

Between October 1st and the end of January, we microchip about 200 cats each year.

How much does it cost to microchip a cat?

The cost is $25 for the microchip and $5 for the lifetime registration.

How do you register a cat?

The life time registration covers the microchip, a collar and a tag.

Do you hold cats for the duration of the registration?

No, we do not hold cats for any period of time while they are being registered.

How many years does a cat have to be microchipped?

A cat must be microchipped before it is weaned. If it is weaned and not microchipped, it must be microchipped again.

How does a cat know it's a cat?

The cat's scent is the strongest identifier of any animal.

Does a cat have to have a collar and tag?

No. Microchips are registered when the cat is microchipped.

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