When my cat George slipped out of the front door, my stress level and frustration were out of control. After 24 hours went by, our search efforts seemed useless. I wondered whether he was eaten by a coyote or hit by a car. I panicked at the thought of his ID collar coming off by accident. After distributing posters and searching the neighborhood, I found that my finicky feline never left the vicinity of the house. He was lounging on the windowsill the entire time. I learned my lesson that day and decided to get him micro chipped. This would at least set my mind at ease, knowing that if he was found, the chip might help bring him back home. If you’re thinking of chipping your cat (or dog) my experience might help you make up your mind.
I took George to the veterinarian to have the microchip inserted. When I saw the needle that was supposed to insert the microchip I cringed. However, the doctor guaranteed me that process was painless. The chip was only about the size of a grain of rice and I was told it would last for about 25 years. I paid a registration fee and filled out paperwork to get George registered with the microchip company.
How it Works
George didn’t seem to notice that he was carrying around a chip. He went about his daily routine as normal. The veterinarian had also given me a tag to put on my cat’s collar. The tag had the microchip company’s phone number on it and George’s registration number. This chip itself was also programmed with this information just in case George would lose his collar. Chipping my cat was just an extra protective measure for me. If George slips out of the house again, at least if he gets found and taken to a shelter, they can scan him to see if he’s carrying a chip. The microchip company can then be contacted to safely reunite him with me.