where do they put microchips on cats

For cats, the standard site for microchip placement is under the skin between the shoulder blades. For correct placement, your cat should be either standing or lying on their stomach.

This brings us to an incredibly important part of cat microchipping: Registration!

If you don’t submit and maintain your registration, an RFID chip is worthless. Don’t be afraid to ask your veterinarian any questions regarding the registration procedure to make sure that your cherished feline companion’s pet microchip will allow for an accurate identification.


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Make an appointment with your veterinarian if you wish to microchip your cat because doing so is illegal in many states and is only safe when done by a vet. Once at the appointment, finish the paperwork to register the microchip on your cat. You must verify that the information on the paperwork, which includes your name, home address, and other pertinent contact details, is accurate even though the veterinarian sends it in after the chip has been implanted. You must update this information by getting in touch with the registration database directly, not your veterinarian, if it changes later. Ask your veterinarian if there is a registration fee and make sure to pay it in order to finish the registration process. Continue reading for additional guidance from our co-author who is a veterinarian, including what to anticipate when your cat has a microchip inserted!

Will A Microchip Tell Me My Cats Location?

It’s critical to realize that a pet microchip is not a GPS tracker that can be used in real time. A cat microchip, on the other hand, is an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) device. A cat microchip is activated by an animal shelter or veterinarian waving an RFID scanner across the cat’s body, where the microchip is embedded. Unlike GPS devices, cat microchips don’t require power. Your ownership details are linked to an identification number that is activated by the scanner and stored in a database.

Upon obtaining the chip number and company details, the veterinarian or shelter will get in touch with the manufacturer to locate the cat’s owner.


Can you feel a cat’s microchip?

Often, you can feel for the microchip while petting the cat. Simply pinch the pieces of the cat’s skin around their shoulder blades and rub your fingers together—a bit like a massage. If you feel what seems to be a piece of uncooked rice, it is likely a microchip.

Can you see a cats microchip?

The microchip is under the skin so only a vet or rescue/shelter with a scanner can tell you if the cat has been chipped.

Can you track a cat with a microchip?

A microchip is not a tracking device and therefore it cannot be used to track the cat or establish the location of the cat if it was to go missing. The microchip is a RFID (radio frequency identification), which doesn’t require charging as there isn’t a battery.

Is microchip for cat safe?

Cat microchipping is considered very safe. As with any medical procedure, there is always a risk of side effects. These include: Potential migration of the chip into another location.