It's National Microchipping Month! This is an initiative supported by many charaties and vets alike. To show our support, we are discounting the price of microchipping to €20 for the month of September and hope to get as many cats as we can chipped. This is so important to help reunite lost and injured pets with their owners quickly.
Microchip identification is the most permanent way to identify your cat. It is safe, practical & excellent value for money. It is also a requirement for most registries of purebred cats.
Collars & pet tags are excellent but they can fall off or be removed. A microchip, the size of a grain of rice is implanted under the skin at the back of your cat's neck. On this chip is a unique 15-digit number that can be ‘read’ by a special scanner at all vets, pounds and sanctuaries. This unique number & your contact details are registered by you on a reunification database, so that should your cat go missing and turn up in any of these locations, you can be re-united. Ensure you register your details on the database, and also change your details should you move house, change phone number etc. We will provide information on registering this information at the time of microchipping.
My kitten was microchipped before I bought him - why is this & do I need to do anything?
All pedigree kittens have to be registered with The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of Ireland. Most breeders will have them microchipped at 6 weeks and then they can be sold with their pedigree papers. So if your kitten was microchipped before you got him or her, make sure you change the registration details on the reunification database, from the breeder to yours, and notify the GCCFI of the change of ownership. Your breeder should be able to give you more information on where the microchip has been registered.
See http://www.ncm.ie/ for details on this program.