An Update from Cats Protection Tenterden and District Branch

Did you know microchipping your cat will become compulsory in June 2024? Cats Protection Tenterden and District Branch have some important information regarding this change…

 

CommunityAd Exclusive - An Update from Cats Protection Tenterden and District BranchAs we enter the New Year, there are big changes coming our way regarding every cat in England. On 13th March 2023, the Government announced that parliament had passed a new legislation whereby every cat in England must be microchipped from 10th June 2024.

Microchipping your cat will become a legal requirement after 10th June 2024. Any owners found at any time after this date not to have microchipped their cat will be given 21 days to get their cat chipped – failure to do may result in a fine of up to £500.

The new rules mean that kittens must be microchipped before they reach the age of 20 weeks.

 

How does microchipping work and what are the benefits?

A small chip (around the size of a grain of rice) is inserted under your cat’s skin – usually by your vet or an animal welfare organisation.

This microchip offers cats a safe and permanent method of identification, giving your cat their own unique code. If your cat were to go missing, the microchip would be scanned with a microchip scanner and matched to your contact details, increasing the chances of a happy reunion if they are lost or even stolen.

 

Will microchipping harm my cat?

The procedure to microchip your cat is quick and painless, no more painful than getting an injection. There is no need for ‘recovery’ from the procedure, nor any further discomfort.

 

How much does it cost to microchip a cat?

In the UK, you can expect to pay anywhere between £20 and £30. Speak to your local vet for details.

There are no ongoing costs associated with a microchip, however, if you need to amend your details then a small fee is usually payable to the database company.

 

Are there any exemptions?

It will not be compulsory for free living cats that live with little or no human interaction, such as farm or feral cats.

 

What should I do right now?

Take action as soon as you can. We would recommend that if your cat is not chipped then get in touch with your vet prior to 10th June 2024 to have the procedure completed.

 

If you would like more information on microchipping then please do not hesitate to contact Cats Protection Tenterden and District via our website: www.cats.org.uk/tenterden or telephone: 01797 366379.

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