Attention cat owners: Time is running out before a new law takes effect on June 10, making it mandatory to microchip your feline companions. Currently, research indicates that a staggering 25% of cats, nearly three million in total, are without this crucial identification.

Once the legislation is enacted, owners found without a microchip implanted in their cat will have a grace period of just 21 days to comply. Failure to do so could result in fines of up to £500 per offense.

Microchipping involves a simple and painless procedure where a chip, approximately the size of a grain of rice, is inserted under the cat’s skin. This chip contains a unique serial number, which must be registered on a national database. When a microchipped cat is found, a scanner can read the chip, enabling the swift reunion of pet and owner.

It is being stressed that microchipping is a fundamental aspect of responsible pet ownership, and the organisation Cats Matter supports those who may face financial difficulties in complying with the new regulations. Moreover, they highlighted the overwhelming support for the measure, with 99% of respondents expressing approval during the government’s consultation process.

Not only does microchipping aid in reuniting lost cats with their families, but it also alleviates the strain on rescue systems, which are already stretched thin. However, concerns remain regarding the effectiveness of the scanning system, with many urging the government to implement robust measures to ensure all microchipped cats can be identified.

In the interest of cat welfare, owners are encouraged to act swiftly, emphasising the importance of seeking out trained and registered implanters to avoid any potential complications. Many veterinary clinics and rescue centres offer discounted or even free microchipping services to help owners meet the deadline.

In conclusion, we urge all owners to take proactive steps to ensure the safety and security of their wonderful pets. Act now to avoid penalties and provide your cat with the protection they deserve.

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