Is it worth microchipping?

(26 Posts)
joey99 Wed 27-Feb-13 20:08:58

Just got a gorgeous new little cat who is being spayed next week and the vet asked if i want her microchipped at the same time. My lovely old cat who was put down recently was never microchipped as it probably wasn't invented 17 years ago! New cat Rosie is a normal moggie who will be in and outdoors but we have a decent size back garden and as she is a girl cat can't think she'll go out of the garden really. Am i missing the point of microchips as i thought they were for dogs being stolen etc. Are they mostly for pedigree cats or is everyone getting them done now?
Thanks!

Sparklingbrook Wed 27-Feb-13 20:11:22

Please get her microchipped. If ever she went missing you stand a good chance of getting her back. Just do it.

Sparklingbrook Wed 27-Feb-13 20:11:55

<bossy> grin

k2togm1 Wed 27-Feb-13 20:16:21

Deffo. Last year me and ds found this gorgeous ginger cat obviously lost and took him to the vet round the corner, he had a chip and was successfully reunited with his owners. He had escaped just a few minutes before we found him!

Wolfiefan Wed 27-Feb-13 20:20:41

Please do. Sparkling speaks true!
I also know from experience that if the worst happens the vet can scan cat and let you know ASAP.
(RIP bubba cat!)

joey99 Wed 27-Feb-13 20:26:47

Thanks all -will get her chipped-i am wondering why i was thinking i might not bother when it is only £15. And she is ridiculously beautiful so could also be cat napped although i may be slightly biased
Wolfie that is very sad

Sparklingbrook Wed 27-Feb-13 20:31:08

It's more for if they go for a wander rather than being pinched joey.

Sorry to hear that Wolfie but at least you found out. When our little cat went missing it was the not knowing that was the worst. 5 days of not knowing then she was found but had passed away. sad

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 27-Feb-13 21:05:46

Ooh I can't see if she's beautiful or not from the pictures <hint hint>

Lovely kids and pram though.

I am glad you'll get her chipped, you never know what they'll do next. Dh found one in a car engine once.

Sparklingbrook Wed 27-Feb-13 21:08:10

Ooh yes joey. MN rules-photos of cats on profile. wink

purpleflower123 Wed 27-Feb-13 21:19:45

Microchip.

I had a 5 month old girl kitten, had her 2 weeks and let her out for supervised wander. The next day I let her out again but she wouldn't come in and disappeared. I searched all round and covered facebook etc in missing posters.

A couple of months later someone walked past me with a wire cat carrier, inside was my kitten (very distinctive markings) I stopped the woman who said, 'I've chipped her, she's mine now'.

My DCs still are gutted and talk about her all the time but there's nothing I can do as I hadn't chipped her myself. She was due to be done a couple of weeks later and chipped at the same time.

We have since got 2 kittens who will be chipped before they are let out and a big one that will be done too, they also have collars with their names on.

purpleflower123 Wed 27-Feb-13 21:20:36

She was a pale ginger, stunning kitty sad

joey99 Wed 27-Feb-13 21:22:59

Sorry to have broken the MN rules - just tried to load some pics but has repeated the same pic 4 times instead of the ones i carefully did. Anyway - to meet MN regulations you can see her asleep but will try and load some more in a mo!

joey99 Wed 27-Feb-13 21:23:43

Purple flower - that is shocking!!! how awful

Wolfiefan Wed 27-Feb-13 21:29:52

Oh purple that's awful.
(My boy was getting on rather and very poorly. He had a good life. I like to think if my cat was hurt and chipped a vet could contact me ASAP. )

Sparklingbrook Wed 27-Feb-13 21:33:19

Awww joey she is beautiful.

purpleflower123 Wed 27-Feb-13 21:40:00

She is gorgeous Joey.

I just added some pics of mine smile

joey99 Wed 27-Feb-13 21:40:09

Aw Thanks Sparkling - finally managed to load 3 photos phew. Your cat is gorgeous too. Always wanted a grey cat - i've managed a half grey one!

joey99 Wed 27-Feb-13 21:42:19

Purple yours are fab too. Still shocked a woman blatantly stole your little ginger cat. Love your 3 laying in a heap!

BadRoly Wed 27-Feb-13 21:44:12

Sadly our 9mth old kittencat got run over last week while we were away. He was taken to a vet who traced us easily with the chip. Definitely worth doing.

joey99 Wed 27-Feb-13 21:46:53

Badroly that is really sad - i know a couple of cats who got run over about that age. Don't think they have got their road sense yet properly. Hadn't even thought of identifying run over cats when i started thread about microchipping sad

purpleflower123 Wed 27-Feb-13 21:48:56

She was gorgeous. I couldn't argue as we were outside a school sad

I love fluffy cats but DH hates the hair, I had persians growing up.

BadRoly Wed 27-Feb-13 21:50:40

It was so sad Joey - he was my 11yo dd's cat and was born the day of my dad's funeral. She is gutted. To make things better or worse - we collected his new playmate (14mth old female) from the cat adoption place 2 days later! She is chipped too but won't be allowed out until she is too old to walk wink

dizzy77 Wed 27-Feb-13 21:51:16

We finally got our 14yo moggie chipped last year. What tipped it for us was other cats had started coming in through the cat flap & were eating her food, spraying etc and generally causing her (and us) high levels of stress. She's quite sprightly for her age: i think she'd been chasing them off/defending her territory until then, perhaps some new cats came into the area and she didn't want to fight any more. We couldn't get a collar on her (apart from a brief spell when she was small) so in the end got her chipped and a chip activated flap.

Still feel bad for not doing this sooner. She's been much happier and better fed since. Now all we need to do is work out how to stop her weeing on the doormat instead of one of her TWO litter trays in the hall.

I frequently get to phone people whose cat we have found and the owners located using the chip. Sometimes the cat has turned up miles from where they went missing and we can only guess how they got there (maybe they decided to explore the back of an open van which was then closed up and driven off, who knows), or sometimes they've been in a road accident, or escaped from their carrier when the owner was taking them to the vet - all sorts of stories. But they've all ended up back with their normally tearfully grateful owners because of their chip. You never know what may happen to your cat and a few pounds spent on a chip can make the difference between losing them forever and being reunited.

Sparklingbrook Thu 28-Feb-13 15:13:44

I bet when you hear that beep it's music to your ears cat and so disappointing when there isn't one.

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