Whether you've got a new kitten or you've adopted a cat, it is particularly important to microchip your pet. Unlike collars, microchips don't come off, or put cats at risk of collar-related injuries.
The procedure itself is easy and for your cat, it is no more painful than an injection. Your cat won't even be aware of the microchip's presence once it has been inserted.
I have lost my cat. What should I do?
If you've lost your cat and they are already microchipped, the first thing you'll need to do is let the microchipping company know. Double-check with the database that your details are correct.
If your lost cat is found and taken to a vet or animal welfare organisation, you'll be contacted.
Don't forget! Make sure you keep your contact details up to date. If you move home or change any of your contact information, it's important to let your microchipping company know.
I've lost my cat. What can I do?
The first thing to do is to check your home and garden. Your cat might be hiding in the unlikeliest of places - from cupboards to sheds. Speak to your neighbours as well as any delivery people - they might have seen your cat somewhere.
Putting up flyers and advertising on social media are a few great ways to get the message out that your cat is missing.
Keep a list of useful phone numbers pinned to a board in your kitchen.
What to do if your cat goes missing?
Not all cats are house cats - some are inclined to wander to where there is fuss or food.
If your return home greets you with nothing, you might be worried about your cat being missing. Don't panic; cats can disappear for days at a time and return with no trouble.