A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. Microchipping cats is mandatory in ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC and WA, and City of Darwin NT. It is not mandatory in TAS.
You need to microchip your cat because if your cat becomes lost, then you are far more likely to become reunited if he or she is microchipped.
The chip itself is small – about the size of a grain of rice – and is implanted just under the skin between the shoulder blades at the back of your cat’s neck. Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner.
The microchip number is recorded on a database registry with details about the animal and owner. Should your cat become lost, your pet can be scanned for a microchip at vet clinics, animal shelters and local councils, and contact you via the database.
Currently there are 5 private microchip registries and 2 state government registries (SA and NSW):
- Australasian Animal Registry
- Central Animal Records
- Global Micro
- NSW Government registry – the NSW Companion Animal Registry
- SA Government registry – Dogs and Cats Online (DACO)
Ideally, your cat should be microchipped prior to your purchase/adoption. This is the only way to effectively trace the origin of your pet. If your pet is not yet microchipped, then you need to make an appointment to do so with your vet.
If your cat is transferred to a new owner, the new owner must ensure their contact details are recorded on the database.
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