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‘Two million cats not microchipped’ as deadline looms – The Irish Information

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More than two million cats in England usually are not microchipped, in keeping with an animal charity, simply two days earlier than a brand new regulation makes it obligatory.

From Monday, it is going to be obligatory for each pet cat in England to be chipped earlier than the age of 20 weeks.

Ministers hope the scheme will assist reunite hundreds of misplaced pets with their house owners and deter pet theft.

A microchipped cat being scanned
A microchipped cat being scanned (Defra/PA)

But of the estimated nine million pet cats in England, up to 2.2 million are still not chipped, according to data from the charity Cats Protection.

Owners found not to have microchipped their pet will have 21 days to have one implanted or face a fine of up to £500.

According to Cats Protection research, more than one in four owners (26%) who have failed to microchip said it was because their pet does not venture outdoors, and about one in seven (14%) said their cat was identifiable by its collar.

It usually costs between £20 and £30 to have a cat microchipped by a vet, the charity said.

Madison Rogers, head of advocacy, campaigns and government relations for Cats Protection, said: “Some owners think they are never going to go through the trauma of losing their pet cat, but in the last year 115,000 pet cats in England went missing and never returned home.

“Cats are nimble and extremely agile and can easily slip out without us noticing.

“Many lost cats live a frightening life on the streets. No food, no water, no shelter, no veterinary care and constantly at risk of severe injury or death from many hazards such as cars and wild animals.

“Collars can easily drop off, become damaged so that the address details become unreadable and, if they are not quick release, can become snagged on obstacles like tree branches, causing injuries to the cat.

“A microchip is safe, stays with your cat for its lifetime and is linked to contact details that are stored safely in a database.”

Alice Potter, cat welfare expert at the RSPCA, said: “We have seen cats coming into our care who are sadly not microchipped and may never be reunited with their owners.

“On average, 11% of all cats coming into the RSPCA’s care are nonetheless not microchipped.

“We’ve additionally rescued cats who’ve been microchipped however the particulars haven’t been stored updated, which is arguably much more irritating because it means cats spend a very long time in our care while we fruitlessly attempt to contact the proprietor with out-of-date info.

“However, we’ve additionally seen numerous tales of cats which have been reunited with their house owners because of a tiny microchip – exhibiting what this modification of laws will obtain for animal welfare.”

Nutmeg, a cat owned by Sandra Sinclair, a trainer from Tooting in south-west London, was discovered wandering the streets of Ascot in Berkshire, 30 miles away from home, after going lacking.

The feline was reunited together with his household after his microchip was scanned by Cats Protection.

Ms Sinclair mentioned: “We have no idea how he got to Ascot. Did he jump into a delivery van or maybe someone attempted to steal him because he was so friendly?

“Only Nutmeg will ever know, but my family and I are just so relieved we had him microchipped.”

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