Microchipping your cat

"Most of us don’t want to think of the worst case scenario until it happens. Whether your cat runs away from the cat sitter, escapes during a party, or bolts after hearing a slew of fireworks, having your cat microchipped can be a lifesaver" - PetMD

 

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a small electronic identification tag that is inserted by needle just under the skin between your cat's shoulder blades. The procedure is quick, safe and easy and side effects are very uncommon. The microchip is implanted permanently, making it much more reliable than a tag on your cat’s collar.

 

​How does it work?

If your cat is ever lost or stolen and taken to a vet clinic or cat management facility, it will be scanned to check for a microchip. The microchip contains a unique identification number that is linked to its owner through an online registry. The registry safely stores your address and contact details so that your cat can be returned to you. If you move, you can update your details on the online registry. Visit www.petaddress.com.au to find out where your cat is registered.

How much does it cost?

Microchipping is a low-cost procedure. Contact your local vet clinic to find out more information. 

Collar and identification tag

While microchipping your cat provides it with a permanent method of identification, the addition of a collar with an identification tag is a good idea as it will immediately show other people that your cat is a beloved pet and not a stray cat. Identifying your cat with a collar is important to potentially save your cat the unnecessary stress of being trapped and transported to a facility that can check for the presence of a microchip, should someone in your neighbourhood be concerned your cat is lost or a stray. 

Make sure you use a quick-release collar so your cat can free itself if the collar was to get caught on vegetation or other obstacles.

© Tasmanian Cat Management Project 2019

TassieCat is a state-wide initiative to promote and facilitate responsible cat ownership and management in Tasmania. The project is supported by Cradle Coast Authority NRM, Kingborough Council, and NRM North through funding from the Tasmanian Government.