Compulsory Microchipping for Cats
14 March 2023
Compulsory Microchipping For Cats
As of April 2016, it became a legal requirement to microchip all dogs across England, Scotland, and Wales; this law was passed in 2012 for Northern Ireland. A fine of £500 would be faced for those who didn’t meet expected microchipping obligations.
This wasn’t the case for cats in England, but this has now changed as new legislation was introduced on March 13th 2023, which will require all cats across England to be microchipped.
Here’s what you’ll need to consider:
- All cats must be microchipped by their owners by 10th June 2024.
- This applies to all new pet cats before they reach 5 months (20 weeks) of age.
- If current owners have been found to have not microchipped their pet cat, they will have 21 days to do this.
- Failing to do so could result in a fine of £500.
The new rules are an attempt to protect and reunite pet cats, who unfortunately go missing each year, with their owners. This will additionally give owners extra reassurance that the odds are much more in their favour of finding their beloved furry family member.
This is the most effective way of helping owners to track down their pets; for microchipping to live up to its full potential, you must ensure your contact details are always kept up to date on the database.
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