Today’s the day cat microchipping becomes law 10th June 2024 #MakeChipsCount


Today’s the day! It is now compulsory to have your cat microchipped – 10th June 2024.

You must make sure your cat is fitted with a microchip and registered on a UK database.

Your cat must be microchipped and registered by the time they’re 20 weeks old. This includes cats that usually only stay indoors.

Only cats in England need to be microchipped.

Microchipping is not compulsory for free living cats that live with little or no human interaction or dependency, such as farm, feral or community cats.

It has been compulsory to microchip dogs from 8 weeks old since 6th April 2016

What happens when your dog or cat is microchipped:

Your pet’s microchip contains a number, which will show up whenever your dog or cat is scanned.

You must make sure that your dog or cat is registered on one of the following databases (they all meet government standards):

  • AnimalData
  • Animal Microchips
  • Animal Tracker
  • Chipworks
  • HomeAgain – free
  • Identibase
  • Lost Paws
  • MicroChip Central
  • MicroDogID (racing greyhounds only)
  • My Animal Trace
  • MyPet
  • National Veterinary Data Service
  • Pet Chip Register
  • Pet Database
  • Pet Identity UK
  • Petlog
  • PetScanner
  • ProtectedPet
  • SmartTrace
  • Track Your Paws
  • UK PETtrac MicroChip Database
  • We Trace Pets

You’ll be asked for your address and contact details when you register your pet on one of these databases.

You can be fined up to £500 if your dog or cat is registered on a database that is not on the list. (Scam databases: Do not register on PetChips, PetDetails, All Paws or UKPetChipRegistry)

Updating your details:

You’re responsible for keeping your pet’s microchip information up to date, for example if you move house, or change your mobile number or email address. Everyone should double check!

Contact the database company your dog or cat is registered with to update any of your details.

You might be charged a fee for updating your pet’s microchip information.

Find out where your dog or cat is registered:

You can check the microchip number if you do not know which database your pet is registered on:

If you do not have the microchip number, you can ask any of the following to scan your dog or cat for it:

  • a vet
  • a dog warden
  • a rescue centre

Getting a dog or cat:

You should ask for proof a microchip has been fitted before getting a dog or cat.

You can ask to see any of the following as proof:

  • microchip certificate
  • vet records
  • pet passport

You may also be able to see microchip information in the dog or cat’s pet insurance papers.

You must make sure your pet’s microchip details are updated.

If you miss the June deadline, the new law states you’ll have 21 days to have your cat microchipped, or you may face a fine of up to £500.

A microchip may not reunite stolen pets who have been sold on. Please remember that Defra are still engaging with the veterinary profession re helping to reunite lost, missing and stolen dogs and cats by making it clear to check microchip registration at pets first treatment! The only chance these pets will have to get back home 💔

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