Microchip Warning: Are You Registered?
Imagine this scenario. As a responsible cat owner, you've taken care to tag, bell and chip your cat. One day, your cat goes missing. She's picked up and taken to a shelter and scanned for a microchip. They find the chip and the chip number, but when they search the database for your contact info, it's a big blank.
Some people don't know that a microchip must be registered with a database. They either assume that once it's implanted, you're done, or they completely forget about taking that important last step.
When your pet is microchipped, you'll be handed some paperwork and asked to go online to register your pet. Once online, you submit your pet's info and your contact info. If your pet is lost and her chip is scanned, it is this information that enable those who found your pet to contact you.
I'm sure a few of you are now wondering if you remembered to register the chip, or aren't sure with which of the six U.S. databases your pet is registered.
Go to ChecktheChip.com and enter your pet's microchip number. It will tell you the database you need to contact.
If you have lost your pet's microchip paperwork:
- Have your shelter or vet test-scan the microchip. This will give you the microchip number.
- Then, enter the number at the microchip search service ChecktheChip.com
- The site will tell you with which database the pet is registered. Go to the microchip website and review your pet's info. If it's not there, register your microchip number.
- Print the results and keep them in your cat's vet file! You'll need them if your cat is lost. Also, if your cat turns up at a local shelter, sometimes they want to see that you have the microchip paperwork.
And, don't forget to update the info every time you move or change telephone numbers. Even if your cat has been missing for years, she can still be found and returned to you if your information is current.
Thanks to reader Olivia for sharing this info!
If you lose a pet, check out "The Cat's Meow's Guide to Pet Recovery." It contains at least a few strategies that you might not have considered!
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