Is Your Cat Microchipped?

Last Updated on July 8, 2021 by Jenny

Is Your Cat Microchipped?

Cat MicrochipOriginally published on May 6, 2015

I am running this again because another reader asked, “Are Ragdolls sensitive to them or do they seem to be okay? My Ragdoll wears a collar, but I’m thinking about a microchip. I’m worried about it hurting her or causing a reaction. Do your cats have collars or microchips? Or both? Or neither?”


Original Post:

A reader wrote me the other day asking about microchipping.  I don’t know too much about it, so I thought I would ask if your cat is microchipped and also, would love to know more details like:

  • Why did you decide to microchip?
  • How old is your cat and have you had any issues with the microchip?
  • Would you do it again, why or why not?
  • What microchip company did you decide to go with and why?
  • Have you had to use the microchip?
  • Where is the microchip on your cat’s body?
  • What information is on the microchip exactly – like your address, phone #, vet’s #?

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13 thoughts on “Is Your Cat Microchipped?

  1. JLSmithson says:

    All 4 of our boys are chipped. The three Ragdoll brothers were chipped on their first vet visit. They were 4 months old at the time and are 8 now. I do not know the brand of chips, but we got them from the Banfield where they are patients at. They have had no issues with the chips and they have never been used. We are happy that they have them because they clawed through a screen one summer afternoon and were roaming the neighborhood. Our neighbors recognized them, called us immediately, and we got them all home quickly and safely! The chips have our name, address, phone number, and clinics name on them. We felt very strongly that they needed to get chipped and we are happy that they are.

  2. Kathie Conover-Perez says:

    I don’t have a ragdoll cat, but I have 4 cats that are all microchipped. None have experienced any problems. However, I’m leaving a comment because I have seen firsthand that microchips reunite cats with their owners. Our previous house was located in a popular spot for dumped animals and during our time living there, we had 3 “strays” show up over the years. 2 of the 3 were microchipped and I know because I took them to the animal shelter myself and had them scanned. Both were reunited with their owner the same day! The 3rd was not microchipped and no one claimed him, so he is living with us. If he did have a family missing him, he would have been returned if only he’d been microchipped. Occassionally, I peruse craigslist and every time I see an ad from someone who has “found” a stray cat, I send them an email asking if they’ve had the cat scanned for a microchip. My cats are all indoor only cats for a multitude of reasons, but I refuse to be naive and think they’d never get outside by accident. Because of that, they are microchipped.

  3. LesA says:

    All three of mine are. Both kittens were at around 13 weeks and the older one at 4 yrs. Judy at Galaxy Rags didn’t have any objections that I recall. Seemed like a good idea as one kitten treated any open door as a new adventure. Didn’t matter whether it was a closer, dishwasher, dryer or outside. Open the door and she’d charge. Took a bit of watching. Since none of them liked a collar a microchip seemed like a good idea if anyone escaped and wasn’t street wise enough to find there way back.

    My vet is affiliated with Home Again. All that’s on the chip is a number. If you don’t keep the subscription up the vet gets a call. The vet then calls you. If you do keep the subscription going photos, health info, contact info etc is available to whoever reads the chip. At least as I understand it.

    All three had the chip injected in the back of the neck where the loose skin is. I suspect it hurt a little as none were exactly thrilled about it. Treats made up for that. That’s been about a year ago and there haven’t been any reactions from it in that time. I don’t recall any particular instructions from the vet on it other that maybe not applying Revolution for a week or so until the site had a time to heal.

    Even my intrepid explorer has settled down now so escape isn’t as likely, they all stand back and look out an open outside door now, but it’s still good peace of mind. I know that there’s no way I could keep up if they did get out, got scared and ran. And Home Again will send out an alert to other subscribers in the area to help you look. Photo, description etc. I obviously thought it worth the cost which wasn’t all that bad. Certainly improves the odds if the unthinkable were to happen.

  4. JLSmithson says:

    Absolutely. All four of our boys are chipped. The main reason is because, in case of a breakout, we wanted to make sure they would be able to get back to us. Since ours are not outdoor cats, we were afraid that if they did get out that they would run like crazy and get lost.

  5. Eszti & Phineas says:

    Phini was microchipped when he was a wee kitten, 3 months old. It was done by the breeder’s trustworthy vet and I’m very happy with it 🙂

    The microchip in itself doesn’t do anything as it was said before, it needs to be registered to be “activated”. In Hungary the vets generally have the reader device thingy for microchips that lets them know the number of the chip and the info being attached to it (address, owner’s name and phone number, any illnesses or instructions for special care, diet etc.). In my opinion extremely helpful when an animal gets lost / taken from their home! Thankfully hasn’t happened to me but for my peace of mind I’m glad he has the mchip just in case.

    As of now, microchipping dogs is mandatory in my country -mainly because of trying to drill it into people’s heads that once you adopt an animal you are indeed responsible and you can’t just “get rid of” it when you please…- Government is trying to reduce the number of stray animals, trying to make people think twice before adopting on a whim and later having the animal end up on the streets…Also useful to find the person responsible once the dog did end up on the street and then was collected and placed into a shelter. This is actually working and there are less stray dogs ever since!

    Apologies for going off-topic for a sec!… Anyway, back to cats. I’m happy Phini has the chip in him. It is above his left scapula, basically in the scruff of his neck on the leftish side.

    In Europe every country has a separate chip number “code” like a country code (first or last 2 or 4 numbers of the chip number I can’t recall now), so if anything happens to the animal abroad and a vet there reads the chip number they will not have access to the owner’s details -every country has a separate database as of now- but they will know which country to contact by the code, then the home-country can contact the owner and give instructions to the people who found the animal about diet / meds, etc.

    The chip never caused Phineas any discomfort or pain or loss of hair, no side effects here whatsoever.

    I have heard stories about the chip moving inside of the body, this is the reason why it is important to leave it alone for a few days after it has been inserted. Poking at it and trying to feel it is not recommended as that can cause it to “not stick” where it should and possibly move. My vet said she has found a chip that’s been put into the scruff of the neck of a lab ending up in his thigh (no worries the dog is fine!). She uses this story to encourage people to leave the area alone for a few days after insertion, which is in my opinion very important info.

    I’m usually asked with wide eyes why is Phini microchipped as he is an indoor cat (we walk outside on harness+leash)… but you know the devil never sleeps.

    Altogether I am very pro-chipping and happily recommend it 🙂

  6. Patti Johnson says:

    Great question, Jenny, and I am really fascinated by the responses so far and look forward to more opinions. Personally, we haven’t microchipped Miss Pink Sugarbelle yet. Her risk of getting out of the apartment is very low BUT there’s always that 1% chance of it happening. Teresa and I were discussing this very topic the other day. I’m planning on contacting our vet to find out his opinion, the risks and the cost. My hubby is totally against it if there’s any danger or risk to “his” baby girl.

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

  7. barbeesmith says:

    Both my boys (ages 2 and 6) were microchipped as kittens, and we’ve had no problems with the chips. If they ever did get outside alone, they’d be clueless, so I wanted to do everything I could to insure their safe return. Luckily, I live in a neighborhood where microchipping is very common, so it’s the first thing neighbors check when they find lost animals. The company I use is Home Again, as it’s the one my vet uses. Very thankful that I’ve not had to rely on them for lost cats, but it feels like a little extra insurance.

  8. Sarah Watson says:

    Yes I microchipped my kitten. She was almost 5 months old. They put it in the scruff of her neck. The company is called Home Again, that’s the company my vet uses. I decided to microchip because I would hate myself if she managed to get lost some how and I hadn’t done everything to make sure she got home. Lottie didn’t have any complications from the procedure, and hasn’t had any ill effects since.

  9. Deb Smith says:

    My Ragdoll girl came from the breeders with a chip, it is in her scruff, or what ever it’s called, I like to think of it as her mane, she uses it to store meaty snacks in – she’s a joy to groom – NOT!
    My previous cat was chipped around her shoulder and when she got old I could feel it through her skin, so I would advocate that loose back of neck area.
    I am very much pro chipping but it does rely on people taking waifs and strays to vets then the vets routinely scanning animals.
    The other downside is it takes a while for the registers to update, I was fortunate that when my dog escaped she was taken to my own vets practise, she was not at that time “uploaded” onto the national register, and that’s just England size!
    Personally I’d GPS my kitten but as. I never let her out alone (very busy roads and urban environment) that could be a step too far.
    So, yeah, basically, I’m pro chipping domestic animals, and also pro de-sexing, and vaccinating and feeding BARF, against unregulated breeding, selling animals on the Internet.
    Sorry Jenny – rant over – please feel free to moderate!

  10. blondesoprano says:

    My bluepoint mitted ragdoll was microchipped by the rescue organization. There is a lot of controversy on micro-chipping. There is a possibility of abcess or cancer at the injection site. I think it is better not to inject a foreign body into an animal. I know of a couple of cases where the cat has lost hair at the site.

  11. DezizWorld says:

    Absolutely we are micro chipped. Lexi was much older (10 years) because micro chipping didn’t exist until then, she had been tattooed. I, Dezi was 4 months old when micro chipped because that was the first clinic that offered it after coming to live with mommy. Ransom who has gone to heaven now was micro chipped at 8 weeks. We’ve had no problems and it only hurt a little when we got stuck with the needle. But it ensures that if we were to ever be separated we would be reunited with mommy ASAP and since sis Lexi now has CKD she could get the appropriate care until she was reunited with mommy. We use PetLink because that’s who sponsored the clinic and they also allow pets micro chipped with other companies to be added to your profile for a very small fee. The only information on the micro chip is a number. And whoever finds the animal calls the micro chip company and gives them the number and the company puts the number into their database and pulls up our profile and locates the information mommy has given them like her name and phone number, our vets name and number and another emergency contact. As well as any important information about our health and/or diet so we can be properly taken care of until we are reunited with mommy.And then Petlink will call mommy and help her get us back. You can provide limited information in your profile if you want, but the more info. you provide, the quicker you’ll be reunited with your ball of fur.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

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