Microchipping Cats

EVERYTHING you need to know!

The UK Government has made it compulsory to microchip your cat by 10th June 2024, or you may be fined. This new law will make it easier for lost or stray cats to be reunited with their owners and be returned home safely. Many are also hoping that this new law will help tackle common welfare issues for cats such as abandonment. Microchipping is a one-time expense – but your cat will be covered for the rest of their life. From the cost of microchipping cats to how microchipping works, everything you’ll need to know is explained below.

Is microchipping compulsory?
Yes, all cat owners must ensure their cat is microchipped from the 10 June 2024. This means that you should have your cat microchipped before this deadline. The new rules mean that cats must be microchipped before they reach the age of 20 weeks – with the only exception being feral cats. If you miss the deadline, then you’ll have 21 days to have one implanted or you may face a fine of up to £500. This law is only applicable to England at the current time, but we recommend that you get your cat microchipped regardless of your location.

How does microchipping work?
A microchip is a tiny identification device the size of a grain of rice, which links a pet to their owner once it has been registered. Each chip contains a unique number that can be read by a scanner. Once the microchip has been implanted the unique number will need to be registered at a government recognised database where the owner’s contact details will be linked to the pet’s new Identification number. If your cat gets lost, anyone with a scanner can scan them, call the microchip company and reunite you with your four-legged friend.

How much does it cost to microchip my cat?
The cost of microchipping at Hilltop vets is £35, but we include a microchip in our health plans. See more about our health plans.

How long do microchips last?
Microchips should last for your pet’s lifetime – once in place it shouldn’t hurt or cause your cat any problems. It’s extremely rare for them to become faulty and can’t be read – but the chip manufacturer will usually provide a replacement if it does.

What if I move address or change my contact information?
It’s important to keep your details up to date ensuring that you can be contacted if your pet goes missing. with their owners due to them forgetting to update details. So be sure to get in touch with your microchip company to check your information is up to date.

Can I transfer ownership of a pet with a microchip?
If you are rehoming your cat, you’ll need to contact your microchip database. You must complete the transfer of ownership document so that the new owners’ details will be on the list instead.

What database is my cat’s microchip registered to?
You the team at Hilltop which database your cat is registered to as they can scan and check. It should be on your original registration paperwork as well or you can find out yourself by entering your cat’s number here.

What if I lose my cat?
If your cat is lost or stolen, contact your microchip company to let them know ASAP. They will then check your details are up to date and flag your cat as lost or stolen. This way, they can contact you straight away if your pet is found.

What happens to a microchip when a cat dies?
Firstly, you should report this news to your microchip database so that the files can be updated. As for the microchip – because it doesn’t have batteries or moving parts, there is no danger in cremating the microchip along with your pet’s remains.