Did you know that according to a study conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association, cats are 21.4 times more likely to be returned to their home from a shelter if they have a registered microchip?
What is a microchip?
A microchip is about the size of a long grain of rice, and is made out of an inert, biocompatible substance, which won't cause an allergic reaction or degenerate over time. Because there is no battery , no moving parts, nothing to wear out or replace, the microchip will last throughout your cat's lifetime.
The microchip uses passive RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) technology, and carries a unique and unalterable identification number. When this number is registered with a large database, you can add your name and contact information, as well as important information about your cat. When a handheld scanner is passed over the cat, this number will be read by the scanner and can be called into a database in order to retrieve this contact information.
The Cat Vet Clinic only uses ISO (International Organization for Standardization) compatible microchips that include a lifetime prepaid registration. There are no renewal or annual fees, nor fees to update your information.
How is it done?
Microchipping can be done while your cat is visiting for any type of appointment, with or without anesthesia. It takes only seconds and is inserted just under the skin, in a manner similar to any other injection.
Once your cat is microchipped, the next step is to register your cat's microchip number in the PetLink database, at www.petlink.net or 1-877-PETLINK (1-877-738-5465). This is vital to connect your cat's microchip number to your contact information.
Should I "chip" my cat?
A microchip is a permanent form of identification, unlike a collar that may fall off or tag that may become unreadable. While we never like to think about it, emergencies do occur, and it is possible that your cat may find him or herself outside, scared and alone. In the event of a natural disaster where time is of the essence, or such emergencies as home invasion, a door left open, or any number of unanticipated events, the importance of having identification is clear. Microchipping is recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association the American Animal Hospital Association, the Humane Society of the United States, and of course, all of us at the Cat Vet Clinic.
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