As a cat owner, it’s a good idea to look into different ways of identifying your pet; especially if your pet is a wanderer. Cat collars and tags are a tried and true method to begin with, but there is always a chance that your cat can lose them—especially if your cat is wearing a break away collar. In case this happens, it wouldn’t hurt to have a back-up identification plan.

If you are looking for an alternative to collars and tags or you’re interested in doubling up on identification methods, it may be worth it to look into a Pet Microchip ID Tag.

The Microchip

A Pet Microchip ID Tag is designed to identify your pet, if they should become lost or taken. The size of a microchip is a little bigger than a grain of rice and is made to be inserted just under the skin of your pet. Although they’re not a replacement for physical collars and tags, microchips can give your pet another layer of identification, if your pet loses her collar. 

The Identifier

Most shelters, veterinary clinics and animal control agencies have a hand held device, that is able to scan the microchip with radio waves. Once scanned, a registered code number is displayed, making it possible to access the owner’s information—which is stored on the microchip company’s database. The microchip itself does not store your pet’s medical information; However, it is possible to store quick reference info on the database. The important thing to remember, is to keep the registered information up-to-date, so as to increase the chances of your pet being returned to you.

Things to consider

  • Microchips are a little bigger than a grain of rice
  • The implant procedure is fast
  • The microchips are easy to obtain
  • Microchips are placed under the skin
  • Microchips are implanted with a hypodermic needle
  • It’s said to be no more painful than a common shot
  • Anesthesia is not necessary
  • No surgery is required
  • A microchip is not a tracking device
  • Microchips are only used to access identification
  • Microchips are most effective when your info is up-to-date
  • Only a hand held reader can access microchip information
  • Most vet clinics and animal shelters have microchip readers
  • A microchip is not a replacement for a collar
  • Only a qualified vet should perform the implant procedure

*Please consult a qualified veterinarian to make an informed choice about whether or not a Microchip ID Tag is right for your pet.

In conclusion, although collars and tags are still a good way to identify your pet, it never hurts to look into other ways of tagging your furry friend. Microchips are an extra form of ID, that can back-up your pet’s Collar Tag ID. If you are interested in a Microchip ID Tag for your pet, please contact a qualified veterinarian for consultation, so that you can make a properly informed decision. I hope this article is helpful and answers the questions you may have about Pet Microchip ID Tags. Thanks for reading.