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All cats to be microchipped by 10th June

From 10 June 2024, cats in England will need to be microchipped and registered on a database by the time they’re 20 weeks old.

We have highlighted and promoted microchipping of cats for years and are pleased that the government have introduced this law. We see hundreds of stray cats each year and unfortunately, without a microchip it can prove impossible to reunite them with their owners.

How much does it cost?

For cats that are signed up to our health plan it is free! Otherwise, a microchipping appointment with a nurse is £24.00.

How is a microchip inserted?

Microchipping is a simple procedure that is well tolerated by animals. It is similar to an injection as we insert a needle that contains the implant into the scruff of the neck between their shoulder blades. The implant is the size of a grain of rice and will quite happily stay under your cats skin for their whole life

How do I register with a database?

When we insert a microchip, we register your details with an approved government database called PETtrac for free. Some databases will apply fees if you need to change details if you move house etc.

You can be fined up to £500 if your dog or cat is not microchipped when they need to be.


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