Originally Posted by sarahp
Where did you read about the annual fee? Any links? I just had a kitty chipped with a Home Again chip, and did my last kitty earlier this year and the shelter definitely only talked about the registration fee, not an annual fee.
With this last kitty I had rescued, I got him microchipped, and just gave his new owner the paperowkr to get him registered. It's up to her what she wants to do with it, but at least if he does go missing, and they don't have her details, they can track the microchip back to the shelter, and then to me.
And all my kitties are microchipped, which is done as part of the adoption process, but even if it wasn't I would get them done anyway. The potential side effects of getting them chipped are incredibly low and not worth worrying about (to me) compared with the peace of mind knowing if they get lost and lose their collars, they will get returned to me.
You need to weigh up the possible risks, what the chances are of that happening, and the benefits. I've never known of a cat to get problems from the microchip, but I've known of plenty of indoor cats who've escaped and not been found who haven't been microchipped, and I've seen so many pets get reunited with their owners almost immediately at the shelter thanks to having a microchip. It's a no-brainer for me.
I agree with you, that microchipping sounds like a great idea, and I have toyed with the idea, not only for my cats, that are not allowed outdoors, even with leash, I don't believe in cats outdoors, but that is another subject. My cats, will not run out the door if it was open, but that isn't my concern, so much for my cats, but I have thought about doing the kittens and place the chip in my name, so in that occasion, someone thinks of not returning a kitten to me, and places it in pound or rescue, I would be notified.
However, I am reading about many of the associated risks, and while these risks may be very low in comparison to the cat microchipped, I would like to know ratio's before doing so. I don't know how low or high the risks are, which is why I would like more research before I jump into something.
The microchip that was done to one cat, fell from where it should have stayed, and the vet couldn't locate it for a short time. Plus one needs to know the benefits to both brands, Avid and Home again, and how often the rescue organizations carry the scanners to scan the pets, or microchipping is useless in some shelters, as they may only carry one kind of scanner. I thought Avid was most widely used, and there is the European Avid, but it can't be read by US avid scanners, or vice versa.
I understand, it does seem in theory a "no brainer", but there is a concern, and with that concern, I would like to know more research ratio's of associated risks, not only in cats, but dogs as well.
Thank you for your input. It will help others.