Reasons Cat Microchipping Is Important

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5 Reasons Cat Microchipping is Important
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According to the Humane Society of the United States, the nation's animal shelters take in 6 to 8 million cats and dogs each year, and anywhere from 3 to 4 million of those animals are euthanized. And not all of them are strays -- many are lost pets that shelters can't identify and reunite with their owners. One way to prevent this unfortunate fate for your own cat is through microchip identification.

Microchips are tiny transponders that communicate your pet's ID information through radio frequency waves. Each chip is about the size of a grain of rice, and a vet usually implants it under your pet's skin in between the shoulder blades. A registration number that corresponds to information on file about your pet is coded into the chip, so that a scanner can easily read the radio frequency and retrieve details about your cat's identity.

If your cat already has an old-school collar-and-tags setup, you may feel that's all the identification it needs. But microchips have been known to save the day when other ID methods fail. Read on to learn more about five reasons why cat microchipping is so important.

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