Cat owners could have their pets taken away from them if they fail to get them microchip service. The government discussion on cat microchipping will close next Saturday after considering the evidence for 12 weeks on whether cats should be chipped by law.
At Grah Kingston, we are providing quality Cat & Dog Micro Chip Service. We are known as one of the best dogs and cat Micro Chip vet clinics in Kingston open 7 days a week.
If the plans go ahead, they will mirror the rules for dogs, which were introduced in 2016, and can see canine owners prosecuted or handed a £500 fine for ignoring the rules. Dogs must be chipped by the time they are eight weeks old. One new proposal being considered is giving local councils the power to take away cats and get them microchipped, before returning them to the owner for an estimated price of £25.
This would cover the cost of the authorities microchipping the pets. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin with a unique serial number that can be traced to the owner’s details.
Microchipping cats is currently only required if they are traveling under the Pet Travel Scheme. But 80 percent of cats handed to adoption centers in Canada during 2018 wasn’t chipped, making it difficult for them to be reunited with their owners.
Since chips became mandatory for dogs, 92 percent of owners are believed to be compliant, which has seen a 15 percent reduction in the number of dogs handled by local authorities, says the Dogs Trust.
Animal welfare minister, says: “Microchips Service is often the only hope of reuniting lost pets with their owners so it truly is the best New Year’s resolution you could make to protect your furry friend in 2020. I urge cat owners to get microchip service their cat and for dog-owners to make sure the details on the chip are up to date.”
Jacqui Cuff, from charity Cats Protection, said: “It is so important that cat owners microchip their pet cats as it is a safe and permanent form of identification.
Cats love to explore and are also great escape artists, so microchipping service is important for cats, even those that live indoors. Microchipping Service ensures lost cats can quickly be returned home, and that owners can be informed if their cat is injured and taken to a vet at Gardiners Road Animal Hospital.
Animal welfare charities are also urging dog owners to ensure their contact details on the microchip are up to date, as 69 percent of dogs seized with microchips still struggled to be reunited with their owner because of incorrect information.
If you have any questions regarding microchipping or wish to make an appointment for your pet visit our Animal Hospital in Kingston. At GRAH Kingston, we routinely provide microchipping service to pets in an easy and relatively painless manner.