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Learn about the benefits of microchipping your cat from your veterinarian in Anaheim. This blog post explains how cat microchipping can increase the likelihood of finding your feline friend if they become lost.

What is a microchip?

Microchips are tiny devices that can help you find your lost pets if they wander away from home. Some people may be concerned about implanting the microchip, but it is quick and virtually painless.

Most cats experience no discomfort at all during the procedure. After the chip is implanted, you must register your cat's information and the chip's serial number with the manufacturer.

If your cat ever gets lost, the information linked to the chip's serial number can help ensure a safe return home.

Why not just get a collar and tag for my cat?

Collars and ID tags are essential tools for helping lost cats return home. These tags make it easy for people to contact the owner by reading the tag and calling the listed phone number.

Outdoor cats should always wear collars and identification tags, especially in case of an emergency. Including your name and contact number on your cat's tag is important. Even indoor cats can benefit from identification tags since they often sneak outside unnoticed.

However, relying solely on collars and tags for your cat's identification might not be enough as they can get lost, leaving your cat without any identification. Microchips offer a permanent solution for identification. Remember to keep your microchip registration information up to date. If you move or change your contact number, be sure to contact the microchip company to update your information.

How do microchips work?

If your cat goes missing and is found by a veterinarian or rescue group, they'll use a special device to check for a microchip. This device can read all types of modern microchips, no matter the brand. They'll run the scanner over your cat's back and sides, and the microchip will send its unique ID number to the scanner.

The rescuer will then contact the national database to find your phone number and notify you that your cat has been found. Microchips can also prove ownership if your cat is stolen.

If you want to learn more, don't hesitate to ask.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Contact our Anaheim vets today to learn more about getting your cat microchipped.

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