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How effective are microchips? — 8 Comments

  1. Thanks for featuring this topic, Michael! I have long been a proponent for microchipping cats, and have microchipped all of my own cats for as long as I can remember. I do need an occasional reminder by my veterinarians to have them check my cats to ensure the chips have not “migrated,” as they sometimes do.

    Notes from my last two adoptees, whom we rescued after moving from California to Georgia:

    Jack, a handsome young tabby cat, had a microchip registered to a local person. When the veterinarian called the number indicated on the chip, the woman who answered the phone shouted, “I don’t HAVE a cat! I don’t WANT a cat!” When my veterinarian related the message, I said, “That’s all I needed to know,,” and my Jack had a new, loving “mother” and a new “indoor-only” home.

    Our Stacey (named after a dear friend) was a slightly different story. She was also microchipped, however, the original “owner” had moved with no forwarding information,and a discontinued phone number, so the chip information was a deadl-end. She, like Jack, was a tame, loving “street cat,” and I was happy to take them off the street and give them a loving, indoor-only home.

    • I’d get it scanned by your vet or if you know the suppplier/company providing the microchip telephone them. There will be some databases. You have to find out their contact details and go from there.

  2. Home Again says your pet is registered permanently in their data base. I need to find my login and see if there is a renewal and fee for other services. I have changed data on two of my cats years after they were chipped and no renewal fee was ever mentioned.

  3. I have a problem with the companies that manufacture and sell the microchips. I understand that we are all trying to do the best we can for our companions, but the prices of the microchips are rising and the fees for the chip companies to keep track of all the chips are also rising. All my companions are chipped and I have had them chipped for as long as the chips have been in existence. However, those of us who are on a very limited budget cannot afford the rising fees if we have several pets. I am down to six feline companions, and can’t afford the fees. I have 3 different companies none of which wish to accept all my companions. In the beginning, the companies would keep track of what numbers went to what vet. We were able to locate several owners that way. But I understand that is no longer the case, so having a companion chipped is kind of useless.

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