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Microchipping your kitten

June is National Microchipping Month, so we thought we’d look at the different benefits of getting your kitten microchipped.

<p>Your kitten may already be microchipped depending on where you got them from. Many animal shelters will microchip kittens before they are rehomed. If your kitten doesn&rsquo;t have a microchip, they can be microchipped inexpensively by your vet. The procedure is very quick and doesn&rsquo;t require an anaesthetic.</p> <p>A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and it is inserted under your kitten&rsquo;s skin. It is the best form of identification as it can&rsquo;t become lost like a collar and tag and it will stay with your kitten for their entire life.</p> <p>Once your kitten has been microchipped, your contact details will be registered on a database which can be accessed when your kitten&rsquo;s microchip is read using a handheld scanner. If your kitten should ever become lost, it is more likely that they will be returned to you if they have a microchip.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s best to get your kitten microchipped before you let them outside for the first time. If you are going to install a cat door, your microchipped kitten can use a<a title="Microchip Cat Flap" href="/pet-doors">&nbsp;SureFlap Microchip Cat Door</a>. This uses the microchip as a personalized door key to stop unwanted animals entering your home.</p> <p>If you plan to never let your kitten outside and to have them as an indoor-only cat, it&rsquo;s still a good idea to get them microchipped in case they escape through an open door or window. An escaped indoor-only cat may be more likely to stray if they are not used to being outside.</p> <p>If your kitten is joining another cat in your home, you might want to consider giving each of your pets a <a title="Microchip Pet Feeder" href="/pet-feeder/microchip-pet-feeder">SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder</a>&nbsp;or a <a title="SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect" href="/pet-feeder/microchip-pet-feeder-connect">SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect</a> to stop them stealing each other&rsquo;s food. It&rsquo;s likely you will be feeding them different types of food i.e. adult cat food and kitten food, so keeping the food separate will be beneficial to their health and wellbeing.</p> <p>If you ever move house or change your phone number, it&rsquo;s important to remember to update these details on the microchipping database to ensure that your cat can be easily returned to you should they become lost.</p>

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