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post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
I don't know a lot about it. I've never personally known an animal that has been microchipped (to my knowledge anyway).

What are everyone's thoughts/feelings/concerns/experiences about microchipping?
post #2 of 31
My Rosie is microchipped and Sophie's getting done next saturday when she goes for her yearly checkup at the vets.

My girls are indoors and also wear collars with a tag that has my phone number on should they get out * touches wood that it never happens! *, but by getting them chipped it's another form of security just incase their collars break off.

It's only the size of a grain of rice but has all their info on it should they get scanned when found.
post #3 of 31
I am going to get it done one of these days. I think its a good idea. My boys are inside only but oyu never know what can happen, better to be safe then sorry.
post #4 of 31
All three of my cats are microchipped and my neighbours cat is also microchipped! (all of them received their microchips whilst they were getting spayed/neutered, but it is no problem to have it done at any other time! )

I think it's a good idea, as it ensures that identification is always available!
post #5 of 31
Does anyone know if the microchips are standarized, like if I get a chip put in inNY but lose my cat in a different state, can they read the chip in different parts of the country?
post #6 of 31
I would imagine they could still read it?!. I know when i move i'll have to inform Petlog who keeps all the cats info on their database to get them to change the address on their file.

That can be done ok so if that can i would imagine a different state can be because when i move i'll be in a different town.
post #7 of 31
My cats are indoor only, they are microchipped as added security. They didn't seem to notice when it was inserted.

Touro1979, I'm quite sure they can be read anywhere in North America.
post #8 of 31
Please do microchip! A good vet can get it done in less then 5 seconds...according to some very good sources, after Katrina, all the animals that were microchipped were reunited with their humans!
post #9 of 31
These days the chips are fairly standardized.

Some shelters are still without universal scanners, but it's fairly common for a vet to have a universal, as well as shelters in larger cities.

All 6 cats, my dog and my parrots are microchipped.

Another consideration is theft.
In the US, animals are property, and the only means of positive proof of ownership in the court systems are microchips, tattoos and in the case of birds, closed bands.
post #10 of 31
Although there are several brands of chips a scanner can read any of them even internationally. Mine are all done, here in Bosnia, and the chips are necessary for them to enter the European Union, All you have to do when you move is get your new vet to read the chip and send a form off to the company with the new details..
post #11 of 31
I just read a story about a man in Washington state who lost his cat 10 years ago and was reunited because the cat (found in California) was microchipped.
post #12 of 31
Both of my kitties are indoor only and are microchipped for added security just in case they ever get out or something like that. When we adopted Hannah in November from Animal Control, her microchip was included in the cost of the adoption and they did it before we could leave with her.

post #13 of 31
I am so glad that you are considering microchipping. All 5 of mine are microchipped-as a vet tech of 6 yrs I can only tel you that we have saved atleast 10 animals who came in from animal control thanks to the microchip. Years ago we had a kitty come in who had been stuck underneath a fence with dogs on both sides attacking it-thanks to the microchip we were able to find the owners(luckily our clients) and treat and save the kitty. Microchips are a standard implant placed under the skin by the shoulderblades-basically it works like an SKU number and records all your information. When found or scanned someone then calls the company with your kitties personal identification number and that pulls up all the information(where you live, phone # and also an alternative contact) to get ahold of you. It is also good as kitty gets older to record any important information regarding your pets health-in case of medicine that needs to be given daily or such. It is a nation/world wide system that works 24 hrs./day 7 days /week. *I only have one warning and that is that the Home Again microchiops lately have been having some issues with the numbers no longer being able to be scanned. In the hospital I work for alone we have reported 5 in the last 6 months as no longer functionable-not sure what the deal is but I talked with Home Again this last week and they are checking into the problem. Just make sure that the microchip is scanned atleast once a year with your yearly vaccines. There is my very long 2 cents worth, sorry I just had a lot to pass on.
post #14 of 31
Both of my cats are microchipped. They got it done at the humane society where I adopted them. They also wear the tag that came with the microchipping so that if the place can't scan them, then they can just call the phone number on the tag and give them the number.
post #15 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the responses so far. I'm learning a lot. But, all of your great responses make it easy to come up with more questions! So if anyone cares to indulge me...

Does anyone know the technology behind the microchip? Is it RFDI?

Where are the chips inserted?

Is it possible for the chip to break?

What about these "migrating" ones? Won't that make it harder for them to scan?

Also, are chips widespread enough that if my kitten is lost I can be reasonably sure that if he winds up at a shelter or something that they will scan him before they adopt him or something worse?
post #16 of 31
All of my babies are microchipped! They also wear safety collars and are indoor-only. I see these measures as safety, especially considering where I live.

It's inserted in between their shoulder blades.

Unfortunately, the technology in the US isn't uniersal. There are a couple major brands and generally, areas use the same brand. In Europe, the technology is universal.

Chips are good for the cat's entire lifetime.

In this area, at least, every vet and shelter that I'm aware of are equipped with AVID scanners.
post #17 of 31
My three ARE microchipped, but I do not have them in collars. I want to though.
post #18 of 31
I would hope more shelters begin do it as it is becoming a more and more common to microchip animals. At my shelter I used to work at, it was just when microchipping first became known and at first we didn't scan every animal. I was a little annoyed about that and one day I just took the scanner and went around to almost every cat in the shelter and scanned it.
post #19 of 31
Originally Posted by PoisonedPenny
Does anyone know the technology behind the microchip? Is it RFDI?

Where are the chips inserted?

Is it possible for the chip to break?

What about these "migrating" ones? Won't that make it harder for them to scan?

Also, are chips widespread enough that if my kitten is lost I can be reasonably sure that if he winds up at a shelter or something that they will scan him before they adopt him or something worse?
This site should be able to answer a lot of your questions!

In regards to a migrating chip, when I took Willow to the vet (when I took him in) they scanned his entire body to make sure that they couldn't find a chip!

Yes, if your cat goes missing, a shelter or vet will scan him to check for a microchip! Plus, the information is becomiing more known with people too now, so they are more likely to get a stray cat scanned too!
post #20 of 31
Puppy is microchiped, and that's how we found his original owners. Almost all vets have them, but not all shelters. Definitely call the shelter anyway. Also, the vet won't scan every cat that comes in, only those who someone brings in as a stray. If someone steals your cat and then goes to the vet, it won't help. But you could sue them and then have the cat checked if you were suspicious of someone specific.

Just make sure you get one that can be read by universal scanners. Puppy has a HomeAgain chip. I've been satisfied with the customer service.

As far as migrating, since it is RFID, there will be some distance at which the scanner can read it, probably a few inches. If the scanner gets anywhere in the area, it will work.

At my shelter I used to work at, it was just when microchipping first became known and at first we didn't scan every animal. I was a little annoyed about that and one day I just took the scanner and went around to almost every cat in the shelter and scanned it.
Did you find anyone's pet?
post #21 of 31
Nope, none of them had one. Just think if they did though, all those cats could have been reunited. Well not all were strays or abandoned. But man, the ones who are dumped at the shelter, we coulda went after the owners and everything. I just think of these 2 really sweet but scared to death big longhaird orange twin cats. We thought they were around 10 years old. They were left in a little tiny carrier at the back door of the shelter. Now I would have really liked to hunt down those idiots.
post #22 of 31
any know the cost?
post #23 of 31
it depends on the clinic-our hospital charges $55 if under anesthesia and $65 is they are awake. There is also an activation fee of $17.50 that you pay to the microchip company to register your information in the computer. Right now we also have a coupon for $10 off registration fee. I would just check around-they are not cheap but definitly worth the money-and really it is only a one time fee.
post #24 of 31
I know that I have heard from it, and even seen it done on TV, and it didn't appear to hurt the cat, and the cat looked like it didn't even notice! It sounds like a very good 'security feature that can be done' because it doesn't hurt them, but if a collar or something comes off, then there is still a chance that the kitty can get back to you!
post #25 of 31
All three of ours are chipped. Pru had hers under anesthesia, she was having other procedures done. Sam and Clio both had there's done in the office. The vet injected it between the shoulder blades with a large needle and neither cat reacted, they didn't even give a mew or anything. The vet tech checked them both with a scanner and off we went. A simple procedure for us.
post #26 of 31
I have 11 of the 15 cats that reside out here chipped with Avid chips. The cost from my vet was $25.00 each. When I feel I can afford it I will get the newest guys that I can get my hands on chipped too.
The registration forms are furnished with each cat when they are chipped and the vettrinarian staff fills out all the pertinent information regarding the cats coloring, age, health and vaccinations.

Avid charges either $15.00 per pet or $40.00 for up to 8 pets on a multiple pet registration. I, of course submitted two multiple pet registration forms when sending in so I can add another 5 pets on my second registration.
When calling to change information or to add a pet on a multiple registration then the charge will be $6.95 for changes to your information.

Another vet I use from time to time uses the Home Again chips, but I have not had any of those injected. After looking at the info on the web, I rather prefer the price break Avid gives.

Most vets have a scanner that can at least tell if an animal is chipped even if they cannot read that particular chip so the animal in question can then be checked with a universal scanner to get the info.

I understand the Euro chips can be read with any scanner whereas the standard chips can only be read by that company scanner or a universal type.The Euro chips have 10 numbers where the standard chips have nine.

I think in some states or countries there is a law requiring that all stray cats be scanned if picked up.
It is not a law in Michigan yet, but I believe it's becoming more of a standard practice as chipping becomes more common.

My cats are indoors/outdoors and I want them to have a chance to get back home should anything happen. The wear collars with id tags, but te collars are breakaway safety collars and I don't trust them to always be in place as some of my cats seem to have some houdini talents in regards to losing them. I also never have bothered to put their official avid tags on their collars as that would be the quickest way to lose them.

Also.... in regards to the cat feeling anything when the chip is injected depends on the cat and how thick their hide is. My tender little Precious was easily injected and seemed to feel nothing. Magic and Nugent, on the other hand have some very tough hide from living in the wild for so long and were tough to get through which caused a couple big yelps. So if you have a former feral or an animal that may have tough hide for whatever reason, don't be surprised if it causes a bit of a squak, but if is brief and not a lasting thing which will give you a better comfort zone about the well being of your furry baby.
post #27 of 31
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the continuing great information! I'm going to find out the costs at my next vist. I'm going to have Dozer chipped. I just would feel more secure if he was. Break-away collars do just that -- break away. And if he gets out and loses his collar then he would have no form of identification at all. Even if being chipped only increases his odds a little bit of being found, then that's worth it.

I guess what had me a little hung up was something along the lines of: "how can I justify inserting a foreign object into an animal without it's consent when it's not strictly a medical issue." But, now that I've thought about it a lot more, I really love this guy and would be devestated if he were lost from me forever because I didn't take a simple precautionary measure.

I have one more question though, and this one's a pretty horrible one though... Does anyone know if they scan animals they find dead?
post #28 of 31
ok call me over protective (and you will trust me !) all three of mine wear collars with their rabies tag, their microchip tag, and their home information (address phone number and their name) and of course they are all microchipped (see i told you!!) besides something happening to my 2 legged children losing my furbabies is one of my greatest fears even with my kids they have tags that go on their shoelaces with their home information and they have all been registered in the kid safe data base lol so yeah im over protective is that a bad thing?
post #29 of 31
Originally Posted by msyfun
any know the cost?
it cost me $40 for each chip (merlin was already chipped when i got him) and $17.50 to register the other 2 with home again merlin is regestered with someone else hes sleeping or i would look at his collar and be able to tell you who lol
post #30 of 31
My cat was chipped at the city shelter just before I got him (it's required in our shelter system). I don't know that I'd have done it, since it feels a little futuristic and creepy, but now that it's there I'm glad it is.

FYI, the site of the injection (between the shoulder blades) was swollen for about a week and, judging by his reaction, tender to the touch. It felt about like a grain of rice, and at first I assumed that I was feeling the chip itself, but after a week the "grain" disappeared. He also had some dried blood in the fur close to the injection.
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