Purr-fectly chipped: England makes microchipping cats a law

he English government enacted a mandate requiring cat owners in England to ensure their felines are microchipped before they reach 20 weeks of age.

LONDON: The English government made microchipping cats a law, with the mandate requiring cat owners in England to microchip their felines before they reach 20 weeks of age.

The new law was mandated by legislation and introduced by the United Kingdom’s Environment Ministry. The ministry seeks to streamline the process of identifying and reuniting lost or stray cats with their owners.

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According to reports, there are more than 9 million pet cats in England. The government expects that mandatory microchipping will increase the ability to locate and return lost cats.

The process entails inserting a small chip under the cat’s skin. The sharecropping process is both, quick and completely painless. The procedure incurs costs ranging from £10 to £30 usually.

Each microchip contains a serial number registered in an approved pet microchipping database, along with the owner’s contact details. The government mentioned that anyone who didn’t comply with the new law could face fines of up to £500.

However, cats with little to no human interaction, such as on a farm or strays occasionally fed are exempted.

Microchipping is widely recognised as the most effective means of pet identification, with microchipped dogs being more than twice as likely to be reunited with their owners.

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The legislation as of now does not extend to Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. However, several news outlets claim animal charities are advocating for its adoption in other regions of the United Kingdom as wel.

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