Microchipping Cats In England: Cost, Procedure, And Other Details

It has been mandated that all cats in England aged 20 weeks and older must be microchipped and registered on a database under new legislation. This mandate includes indoor cats. Pet owners who fail to comply within 21 days will face a ?500 fine. The RSPCA claims that 10% of cats who come into its centers are still not microchipped, even in light of the upcoming legislation change.
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It has been mandated that all cats in England aged 20 weeks and older must be microchipped and registered on a database under new legislation. This mandate includes indoor cats. Pet owners who fail to comply within 21 days will face a ?500 fine.
The RSPCA claims that 10% of cats who come into its centers are still not microchipped, even in light of the upcoming legislation change. A Cats Protection investigation found that about 1.9 million cats in England do not have microchips. The poll also shows that nearly 300,000 cat owners are unsure of the condition of their pets' microchips.
A tiny chip is inserted beneath the animal's skin during the microchipping process. The process of giving the pet a unique code is said to be quick and easy. By scanning the chip, the owner's contact information that is kept in a database may be matched with the animal.
Microchipping cats is not currently a legal requirement in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. Vet Rory Cowlam, RSPCA ambassador and CBBC presenter, emphasized the importance of microchipping: "The thought of a pet going missing and never being able to find them is a pet owner's nightmare, which is why microchipping is so important. Having microchipped many animals myself, I can assure you it’s quick, easy, and is the best way to ensure that if your pet does go missing, or becomes injured, they can be reunited with you."
According to the RSPCA, the new regulations would improve the welfare of cats, make it easier to find lost pets, and maybe lower the number of animals that are abandoned. More than 1,500 cases of abandoned cats have been recorded to the RSPCA so far this year, compared to over 7,500 incidents last year.
Microchipping services, usually costing between ?20 and ?30, may be obtained from veterinarians or nearby rescue and rehoming centers. If an owner moves or changes their contact information, they must also update the database.
Cats Protection research reveals that some owners believe microchipping is unnecessary because their pets do not venture outside or wander far. Madison Rogers from the charity stated, “Some owners think they are never going to go through the trauma of losing their pet cat, but in the last year 115,000 pet cats in England went missing and never returned home, so this is much more common than people think.”
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