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By: Makeasa Rosemond
Up to 3.4 million cats—including feral and abandoned felines and pets that have strayed from home--wind up in shelters every year. Microchipping helps reunite pets and pet parents and prevents lost cats that have homes from being euthanized if they end up in an overcrowded shelter. While dogs are more commonly microchipped, even indoor cats--who can be occasional escape artists and often do not wear collars--should be protected.
A pet microchip is a radio-frequency identification transporter (no bigger than a grain of rice). It’s made of just a few components encased within a capsule of bioglass. The capsule is safe and stays in place by bonding to your pet’s tissue.
On average, microchips cost about $45 and include registration in a pet-recovery database. The database logs your pet’s name and information, as well as your contact information. The microchip is implanted just beneath the skin, a procedure that takes only a few seconds and doesn’t require anesthetics.
Banfield Pet Hospital locations across the country now offer microchipping for pets, free scanning and convenient hours to help reunite more lost pets with their families.
Once you microchip your cat, immediately open an account with the national pet-recovery database. This step is crucial because if you don’t register the microchip, it won’t show contact information when scanned. Also, remember to keep your contact information up-to-date. Take an extra step to safeguard your investment and your pet by asking your vet to do an annual scan to ensure the chip is still functioning properly.