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New cat microchip law From 10 June 2024, it will be a legal requirement in England to microchip your cat if they’re older than 20 weeks. Speak to your vet as soon as possible to avoid any waiting list

How much does it cost?

How microchipping works

A tiny microchip (about the size of a grain of rice) is quickly and simply inserted under your cat’s skin, usually at the back of the neck. This gives your pet their own unique code. Once in place, it can’t be seen, but can be read by a scanner. Your cat won’t be able to feel the microchip once it is put in place, and the microchip itself shouldn’t cause any problems.


The microchip can be scanned and matched to the owner's contact details, which are kept in one of the national databases. There are over 20 microchip databases to choose from.


Find out if your cat is microchipped

If your cat is microchipped, you should have a confirmation letter or email, including an ID or reference number as well as a microchip number. You can also take your cat to your local vet to have them scanned for a microchip and its number.

Microchip registration

In the UK, there are many different microchip database companies, therefore it’s important to make sure that your cat is registered with one approved by the UK Government.

Find out where it's registered

If you’re unsure which database your cat is registered to you can ask your vet to find out this information for you by scanning your cat for a microchip. You can also find it on your original registration paperwork as well as by entering your cat’s microchip on Check-a-chip.

Microchip details need to be up-to-date

If you move house or change your phone number you must make sure you tell the database you're registered with so that they have your up-to-date contact details. It can be near impossible to reunite pets with their owners if the owner cannot be contacted.


The vet practice you chose to microchip your cat will use a microchip assigned to a specific database. You must contact them to ensure that your latest address and contact details are registered on the database.Prices typically vary between £10-£30. Only a trained professional such as a vet can fit your cat with a microchip. You can arrange an appointment at your local vet. Some animal charities and organisations also offer microchipping. Some will offer it free of charge.

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