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post #31 of 48
I did, yes the needle is a little bigger but my cats didn't say a peep. Sephie, the last to get chipped actually complained more when he got his rabies. He didn't say a peep with the chip, neither did Orion and he is a kitten still. It's over in the same time as a shot.

I don't see the need to subject them to anesthesia to be chipped..although I understand when you are spaying/neutering anyways but I don't think they do it then because of pain but because of convenience. You're there, might as well do it at the same time type of thing.
post #32 of 48
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Originally Posted by MamaKitties View Post
Just read about micro chipping and it does hurts!!! They use a large needle. I think I'm going to faint just the thought of that and seeing by babies "cry".
Between micro-chipping shelter animals, fosters and for the general public at the shelter’s yearly microchip clinic in the past, I’ve had very few animals react any “worse†than getting vaccinated and most have no reaction at all. If my experience had been negative at all I never would have agreed to do it at the yearly clinic, as I was already worried enough how much the animals would feed off their owners nerves (the needle does look scary to us) and the last thing I would have wanted to deal with was someone thinking we were torturing their baby.

To answer your other question though, all of my currently chipped cats were done seperately without any problems.
post #33 of 48
Both of mine are chipped. Mosi was done when he was neutered so he was under anaesthetic but Jaffa had his put in at a routine vet appt and hardly flinched.
post #34 of 48
Mine were both done as part of a routine vet visit. I think Bella hardly noticed, she was much more upset about having her temperature taken. In fact the vet tech said she took it better than most dogs.
post #35 of 48
When I did Levi & Jordan it was after their neuter. I was going to do it & realized the door dashing was not going to stop. It is a large needle, but it didn't bother Levi. There is no telling by Jordan he makes a big fuss every time he's at the vets office (Has since day 1).
post #36 of 48
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Originally Posted by MamaKitties View Post
My vet said it would be less painful if they were to get it while they were asleep. Has anyone had their pet microchipped separately done from their neuter/spay?

Just read about micro chipping and it does hurts!!! They use a large needle. I think I'm going to faint just the thought of that and seeing by babies "cry".
I not only got Jamie microchipped when he was fully awake, but also neighbors' cats. I regularly take shelter cats to the vets' and get them chipped. I've yet to see a single cat react to the shot, so seriously doubt very much that it hurts. My "cat from hell", as the vet techs call him, didn't even flinch.
post #37 of 48
I have 16 of 19 chipped with Avid chips. Most were done at a regular vet visit and there was little to no reaction. My little 6 lb. Precious, (at the time), never even flinched when she was done.

I've found that the older, tougher ferals tend to feel it more because of their tough hide from living outdoors.

One vet charged $25.00 to do them. The other had two different prices, less if they were done while being spayed or neutered.

My SO said I was stupid for spending money on such a thing, so the last ones I had done I just didn't even mention it to him. My $$$, my biz.

My last three ferals will eventually be done when I the money is available.

BTW.... we're rural and most folks don't know a heck of a lot about such here, but I think it's worth it anyway.
post #38 of 48
Fat Harriet is chipped. I've seen lots of chips done at the shelter and I don't think it feels great, but I don't think it causes an immense amount of pain. Most don't even vocalize. It's totally worth it.

REMEMBER: If you move, update your chip information or it's totally useless to have a chip!

www.avidmicrochip.com
www.homeagainid.com
post #39 of 48
Five of my seven are chipped, Stumpy will get chipped at her annual exam Friday and Palekana at her annual next month. They are all strictly indoor but I'd rather be safe than sorry. None of them even reacted to having the chip implanted, didn't move, didn't meow, nothing. My vet charges $26.50 for the chip.
post #40 of 48
Mine are all chipped, although they are indoor cats (they do get supervised time outside everyday). A breeder friend of mine had a minor explosion in her neighbourhood, her windows all shattered and her panicked cats got out, I've heard about cats escaping from the vet's office, things might happen with your cats which you've never foreseen and without microchip they might not come back. I wouldn't be comfortable with a collar because they can hang themselves on it or lose the collar.

There is a very good system here, all shelters and vets have chipreaders and digital camera's, and the sanitation department as well (they pick up dead cats from the road), so every cat that's found dead or alive by these organizations will be photographed, checked for microchip and registered with Amivedi (society which registers lost and found animals).

Plus I travel abroad with dEUS for shows and a chip is required to cross the border, we've never been stopped on the border but the show's vet will check all foreign cats for microchips at vetting in anyway.
post #41 of 48
I have thought about it and I am still going back and forth. Yes it would be great just in case. BUT a lot of shelters and pounds don't scan. Many that do don't realize the chip can drastically change location before scar tissue builds up to hold it in place. I have heard of them moving to an animals chest area, between the front legs, down the back, etc. It all depends on how quickley each animal builds up the scar tissue.

Another factor in my indecisiveness... the main microchipping companies, AVID and I think the other one is called something like Home Again. They are the only companies that make the scanners to read the chips. However there are like 50 different companies that make the chips and they cannot all be read by the AVID and Home Again scanner...

What I want to know is how many animals out there have chips in them that are never found and the animal is euthanized or adopted out without anyone ever knowing...??!!
post #42 of 48
all of mine are chipped and they wear a tag on their collar that says they are chipped too with the name of the company who made their chip i had to register them online after i got it done and i can update it anytime if we move or anything changes
post #43 of 48
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Originally Posted by Jen View Post
I have thought about it and I am still going back and forth. Yes it would be great just in case. BUT a lot of shelters and pounds don't scan. Many that do don't realize the chip can drastically change location before scar tissue builds up to hold it in place. I have heard of them moving to an animals chest area, between the front legs, down the back, etc. It all depends on how quickley each animal builds up the scar tissue.

Another factor in my indecisiveness... the main microchipping companies, AVID and I think the other one is called something like Home Again. They are the only companies that make the scanners to read the chips. However there are like 50 different companies that make the chips and they cannot all be read by the AVID and Home Again scanner...

What I want to know is how many animals out there have chips in them that are never found and the animal is euthanized or adopted out without anyone ever knowing...??!!
If your cat is chipped, there is a chance that a compatible scanner will be used and you will be reunited. Without chipping, nothing will be picked up by any scanner ever, and you are relying solely on phone calls and flyers. Even if it's not 100% certain that everyone uses the same scanners, I think it is worth that extra little bit of probability that your cat will be able to be identified.
post #44 of 48
My pets are using various chips.
Avid (my Bird)
HomeAgain the dog and 4 cats, and AKC's chip CAR (Companion Animal Recovery).

There is indeed Universal scanners which will read the three Major US chips as well as some lesser known.
post #45 of 48
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Originally Posted by Epona View Post
If your cat is chipped, there is a chance that a compatible scanner will be used and you will be reunited. Without chipping, nothing will be picked up by any scanner ever, and you are relying solely on phone calls and flyers. Even if it's not 100% certain that everyone uses the same scanners, I think it is worth that extra little bit of probability that your cat will be able to be identified.


If my cats were to disappear, i'd still do the flyers, the shelter visits... I don't think anyone relies solely on the chip and waits by the phone for a call and does nothing else.
post #46 of 48
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Originally Posted by Mom2SalemIsis View Post
all of mine are chipped and they wear a tag on their collar that says they are chipped too with the name of the company who made their chip i had to register them online after i got it done and i can update it anytime if we move or anything changes
So do I! Infact their tags have their names (yes, I know it's a controversy, but I want their names on), ID #, and the 1-800 number to call if they find them...on the back of dynahs it says "if I'm outside I'm lost" and "shots current". Chesters says "heart condition! Contact immediately!" to stress the importance of meds.
I don't know, I feel safter having chips and tags, just as I would feel more secure having chips and flyers if I lost my darlins.
Whatever one can do to bring them home is reasonable...although....I'm still a little surprised by the giant billboard in the middle of the city for a lost ferret (never seen that before).
post #47 of 48
My dog is microchipped. He came that way from the breeder I bought him from. I'm thinking of getting Bean chipped when he's neutered. Chips really aren't all that expensive, and they greatly increase your chances of getting a lost pet back.
post #48 of 48
Both of our babies are micro-chipped.
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