Compulsory microchipping is coming!
From June 2023, all cats in England must be microchipped. A microchip is permanent method of identifying a pet, measuring about the size of a grain of rice, with no battery, and can never be lost.
The new legislation states that cats should be microchipped before they reach 20 weeks of age and registered on a microchip database, such as HomeAgain®. Choosing the right microchip database is important, as they store your personal data, and may charge you when you update your details. HomeAgain is a free-of-charge DEFRA-compliant microchip database dedicated to the protection, wellbeing, and safe recovery of lost pets.
What you need to know:
- If your cat isn’t microchipped, book an appointment with your vet to discuss microchipping./li>
- If your cat is already microchipped and registered on a microchip database, then you don’t need to do anything.
- If your cat is microchipped, but not registered on a database, or you aren’t sure which database they are registered on, you can use our free microchip search tool at HomeAgain.co.uk
By registering your microchip with HomeAgain, you and your pet have access to a suite of benefits such as:
- Free & easy registration and updates – forever!/li>
- All microchips welcome into database
- 24/7 UK customer support
- Data never sold or shared
Find out more at homeagain.co.uk/articles/compulsory-cat-microchipping