Chipping is a modern way to make a cat an “electronic passport” that will be valid for its entire life. Chips have replaced tattoos, tags, and collars as the most reliable way to identify a pet. What else is this procedure for, and how is it performed?
Reasons to chip a cat
Not all cat owners understand why they spend money on the chipping procedure, but sometimes a chip is simply necessary – for example, if you are going to travel abroad with a cat.
Why else do they chip cats:
- you can easily determine who the animal belongs to;
- identified purebred animals will be very difficult to steal;
- if the cat goes missing, the chip will help you find it;
- it is convenient for veterinarians to track the entire history of visits to a particular pet – for treatment, vaccinations, etc.
The law recommends that owners of purebred cats who attend exhibitions and participate in breeding, chip them.
What is a chip and how it works
A microchip is a chip that has a 15 – character code sewn into it-a combination of the country code, the manufacturer’s code, and the cat’s personal code. Together with the chip, there is a receiver and transmitter, an antenna, and a code memory block. The chip is placed in a sterile glass capsule no larger than a grain of rice.
The microchip, falling within the range of a special scanner, will easily tell all the information about the animal. The scanner will display the same number that will tell you information about the cat (date of birth, breed, gender, color) and information about the owner. After reading the information from the scanner, you can “identify” the cat and find out who it belongs to.
The microchip must contain the correct information – corresponding to what is written in the veterinary passport and the pedigree of the animal, current at the moment. If the owner of the cat changes the phone number, it must be “overwritten” in the database of the unified electronic system. The device itself can last at least 25 years.
You can find out the information that the chip contains on the website of The unified database of chipped animals by entering a 15-digit code. After registering, you can attach additional data to your account. There are two such major systems operating in Russia. So the all-Russian Animal-ID database will help you identify a cat by code, find the owner of a lost animal, or find a stolen pet.
How the procedure works
You can only chip healthy animals with all the necessary vaccinations and strong immunity. Before the procedure, it is important to check the health status of the pet and, if necessary, first cure and maintain the recovery period of rehabilitation. There are age restrictions for chipping – the cat must be five weeks old. Usually cats are chipped at the age of two months, when the animal has grown and become stronger.
The procedure itself is akin to a vaccination – it is quick and painless, no anesthesia is required. After checking the chip’s performance, the veterinarian disinfects the withers and makes an injection with a disposable syringe, inserting the chip under the skin. The withers are considered the best place, because constantly licking cats will not get there. After that, the veterinarian makes a corresponding mark in the veterinary passport.
It is highly desirable that the chipping procedure is performed by an experienced veterinarian – it will ensure complete sterility, and ensures that the animal will not be hurt. For an experienced veterinarian, it will not be difficult to chip a long – haired cat-he will do everything as needed, and the capsule with the chip will not get lost in the wool.
You will need to contact the veterinarian in a month to check the device’s performance. Initial activation and registration of the device in the system will take up to 10 days. Data can be entered into the system by the cat owner or a veterinarian. The information gets both to the veterinary clinic database and to the Central server.
After chipping, the animal can lead a normal lifestyle, move as usual, without feeling a foreign body inside. The chip will quickly become overgrown with connective tissue and will be fixed – it will not be able to move in the cat’s body. Chip rejection is not to be feared. It takes about a week to settle in. The chip will not cause allergies and will not interfere with the normal operation of internal organs, worsening the health of the cat.
It is impossible to infect a pet during the procedure, because absolute sterility is observed, and the device itself is completely safe from this point of view. The animal itself will also not enter the infection if it does not comb the place of chipping – the owner needs to monitor this. After chipping, you can not bathe the cat until the skin heals (5-7 days).
Owners of purebred animals may be interested in whether an attacker can steal the animal and get rid of the chip. In practice, this is not difficult to perform, especially for an experienced surgeon, but after such manipulation, a noticeable scar will remain on the skin. Therefore, it is impractical to remove the chip – the value of a thoroughbred cat will greatly decrease.
Do not be afraid to chip a cat – this is a quick and simple procedure that will not cause your pet any discomfort either in the doctor’s office or in subsequent years, but it may be useful in the future.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.