Why do we microchip animals?
When you adopt a cat or dog from your local RSPCA they are microchipped and your address and details will be registered in the national database. We do this because the RSPCA believes that the best way to make sure you find a missing pet is to have it “chipped”.
How does it work?
Once an animal has been microchipped, it has its own unique code number. The owner’s details and the code are entered into the national Petlog computer database. If a lost or stolen animal is found the code will be revealed by passing a scanner over the chip. Most vets, RSPCA inspectors, council refuse offices and dog wardens have a scanner.
Even though your pet may wear a collar with your details these are easily lost or removed but the chip is permanent. You can get your pet microchipped at any veterinary surgery for approximately £30. It is as simple as an injection. A small chip, the size of a grain of rice, is inserted under the skin between the shoulder blades.
We strongly recommend that you have your male or female cat neutered. Intact females come into season every 2 – 3 weeks for at least 8 months of the year. An adult female can have up to 3 litters a year with 4 – 6 kittens per litter. If a cat does have three litters in a year not only is she tired and weak by the third pregnancy the kittens are at risk due to ill health.
Intact males can be aggressive and will spray an unpleasant scent inside the house.
All cats can be neutered from 20 weeks old.