How Much Does Cat Microchipping Cost?
Cat microchipping is the insertion of a tiny device into the skin between the shoulder blades of the cat. The chip contains necessary data about the cat that will automatically link the cat to its home and owner. In case the cat is lost, the vet will then scan the chip to reveal the identity of the owner as well as other important information about the person; this will make the returning process very easy.
How much is it?
- The average price for the microchipping is $10 to $65 and this can be performed by a vet or trained staff from the animal welfare.
- The prices greatly vary from different brands of the chip. You should check which one your vet uses and inquire whether you have a choice.
- Keep in mind that some pets will already have the microchip inserted if you adopt from certain agencies. It is always best to ask before adopting.
- According to this PetFinder.com article, the average microchipping cost can start at $45 per microchip.
What are the extra costs?
- If the microchip does not work for some reason or if you need to change some of the data that has been encoded, this may be an extra cost.
- You also need to register all basic data by the use of internet. A vet will be able to help you register your pet so that all the information is correct on file.
- The vet may require another X-ray, especially if the first result is uncertain.
What is going to be included?
- The microchip itself, which is smaller than a grain of rice, will be implanted under the cat’s skin. This little chip can then be scanned by a special scanner to receive all the information that a vet or shelter need to know about the animal.
- The X-ray after the microchip insertion to ensure that it has be implanted properly will be included in the process.
- Once the chip has been implanted, the animal will be stored in the national database. The owner of the cat will receive various paperwork on how to recover in case the cat does get lost.
Tips to know:
- If a cat does get lost, a local shelter or vet will be able to check the animal to see if it does have a microchip. If it does, a unique identification number should show up. Once that number has been retrieved, it will be matched to the database.
How can I save money?
- The prices greatly depend on the brand of the microchip, so you need to compare their prices before deciding on where to have your pet microchipped.
- You must also compare the different prices among vets or trained personnel from the animal shelter to find who among them has the lowest price in your area. The local humane societies generally run promotions where you can get a certain percentage off your bill.
- The cat microchip is not always necessary. If you make your pet wear the proper collar and tags, it can be returned to you easily in the case that it gets lost.