Why do veterinarians recommend cat microchipping?
Is microchipping dangerous or painful for my cat?
How is microchipping used to identify my cat?
Why does my cat need a microchip if they already have a collar with a tag?
Will my cat's microchip be able to tell my cat's location?
Who can scan my cat's microchip information?
When will a microchip be scanned?
Here at Cloverleaf, we scan any animal that comes in that is portrayed as a stray or if somebody says, “Hey, I found this cat. I was driving down the road, and I just thought, I don’t know if it belongs to anybody.” So any animal that looks like they might be a stray or might have lost their way. We scan them if we don’t have any history of a patient that’s coming in. We do sometimes have puppies or kittens that come in that may have had a microchip, but the owner’s not sure if the breeder did it or not, or they don’t know what the number is. So we will typically scan all animals, especially if the owner says, “Hey, can you look for a chip?” It’s painless. You just put the scanner up between their shoulder blades and hope you find a number.
What if I forget or lose my cat's microchip information?
What is the difference between a GPS and an RFID device?
An RFID device is a radiofrequency ID, which is what the microchip is. The microchip lets off radio frequencies from the chip into the transducer, which is your scanner. That’s the way it transmits a signal for that information to show on our scanner or reader. A GPS is a global positioning system or satellite that relies on satellites everywhere. The rate of frequency bounces off the satellites to allow you to determine a location. A microchip does not have that capability.
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