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Cat Microchipping is to become mandatory

Updated: Jun 26, 2023



The Government is set to introduce compulsory cat microchipping to help reunite lost and stray pets.


Owners will be required to microchip their cats by the time they reach 20 weeks of age.

There are over 10.8 million pet cats in the UK, with as many as 2.8 million that are not microchipped!

This means that it would be very difficult to reunite them with their owner if they got lost or were stolen.

Sadly 8 out of 10 stray cats coming into Cats Protection centres are not microchipped which makes reuniting them with their owners an exceedingly difficult task.

The Government is also carrying out a review of the regulations on dog microchipping and the related microchipping database systems to consider whether improvements can be made.

This is something many veterinary professionals are extremely keen to see reviewed. A more succinct, effective and efficient common database would allow microchips to be scanned and information found more easily.


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