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.