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Cat microchipping becomes compulsory

It’s been compulsory for dogs to be microchipped in England, Scotland and Wales since April 2016. And now the law is catching up with our feline friends. By 10th June 2024 all cats must have a microchip by the time they reach 20 weeks old. 

Microchipping your pet means they can be reunited with you if they’re lost, stolen or involved in a road traffic accident. The microchip is implanted under their skin and stores your name, address and telephone number in a pet microchipping database. So it’s important to keep your pet’s microchip details up-to-date. 

It’s estimated there are as many as 2.3 million unchipped cats in England alone. Protect your cat by checking they’re microchipped, and that the details on their microchip are up-to-date. 

Cat owners who don’t microchip their cats risk a fine of up to £500.