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Insertion of Cat Microchip Carries Risks — 6 Comments

  1. Before I read about the cat in England that was injected badly with a microchip I really was in favour of them because it’s proven that microchips do get cats back home, sometimes even after all hope is gone and I know Cats Protection have all cats chipped before rehoming them. But this is frightening, thinking back to having our two boys and Popsy chipped now it makes me come out in a cold sweat to think of taking even a miniscule risk of that happening to them. Though of course they were done by a veterinary surgeon and not an amateur. But I’ve just seen on our neighbourhood police page an advert for free microchipping, for dogs, and I’m thinking this is probably similar circumstances to where it happened to that poor cat.

    • It is a bit frightening because it’s a very simple procedure and if people are advertising for free micro-chipping it would seem likely that it would be carried out by someone who is less skilled than a veterinarian. I think it would be all right as long as the cat’s caretaker supervises it in the knowledge that there is this health risk.

  2. I think microchipping should only be done by an experienced person who knows a cat’s anatomy. The poor cat in England was done in a free session, proving that you get what you pay for! But the cat, not the caretaker, has paid the price. The good outweighs the bad in that microchipping done properly rarely causes problems, but it’s heartbreaking when things do go wrong.

  3. Lilly is chipped but not the other two. I don’t want to take the other two to the vet until I really have. Then maybe once we are there I’ll have done at the same time.

    I am a believer in reflective collars with tags on with a phone number and cats name facing forward so you don’t have to touch the cat to read it. If a cat goes missing it’s got more chance of getting back to you with a collar the a chip in my opinion. For the simple reason that a neighbour will see immediately where it’s from and not take it to a shelter for example. A friend just lost a 6 month old cat for 4 days – cat came back last night – but to be honest, the whole time we were coming up with theories of what happened knowing full well that if he had a chip that half those theories wouldn’t be possible since they involved people trying to help or just taking the cat because they like it. They live in a hamlet where alot of people are on weekend walks in the countryside etc. Any one of them could have seen the kitten miles from civilization and taken it home, to the vet, to the shelter, to a friend who wanted a cat…. Granted if the cat does reach a vet then a chip will show up when scanned. But I firmly believe there are many situations where the cat never reaches a vet’s scanner. Perhaps somebody feeds it and just keeps feeding it and enjoys the company. A collar makes it clear as the light of day that it’s not a wild or feral cat, and also gives you a place to put your contact info. What it should say in clear writing visible facing forward etc is the cat’s name, phone number clearly written (I used a printer) and the name of the town or area they belong (or street if it’s a big city). That way all those questions are answered before you even touch the cat. Also if the cat dies nobody is going to take it to a vet and get it scanned for a chip. If it died you would want to know. I myself have called a lady when I found her cat died on the road. Without the collar somebody would have eventually thrown him out or something and the lady would never know what happened.

    There are good collars and bad collars – Lilly I think actually likes her collar because she knows it means outside time. I’ve never had a cat be bothered by a collar more than 20mins. Obviously I’d never leave a collar on a cat which didn’t like it. Also There are so many kinds. ———————BUT this is about microchips anyway, sorry 🙂

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