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Microchipping – not just for dogs, microchip and register your cat on NZCAR too

Oct 19, 2021 | Behaviour, Cats, Dogs, Pet Health, Rabbit

Pets may go missing for a number of reasons – spooked by fireworks, a natural disaster or just bolting out an open gate.

As cats are not registered with councils, they are not required to have a microchip, however microchips are the best way to ensure that your cat can be identified if it ends up lost and is taken to a shelter or veterinary clinic. Registered microchips allow for easy identification and a safe return home.

Getting a microchip involves the insertion of a grain-of-rice-sized chip under the skin between the shoulder blades. This is virtually pain-free and for most pets, only a sting is felt. This process takes only a couple of minutes. 

Then, registering the microchip number on the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR) is essential for your cat’s microchip to be of any use. Keeping your contact details updated is also critical – veterinary clinics, shelters and local councils all have microchip scanners, and checking for a chip is the first thing done when presented with an unknown animal. Once a microchip number is found, they will search NZCAR to find the owner.

If you chose not to register your pet on NZCAR, then your pet would only be identifiable at the practice it was microchipped at and have a much smaller chance of being re-united with their owners.

Your cat is the most adventurous pet in your household. You don’t know half the places he/she visits! Microchipping and registering your cat on NZCAR ensures we can get in touch and return him/her safely home. 


Microchip checks

Sometimes (although rare) microchips can fail or migrate under the skin, so checking they are still readable is very worthwhile. 

We can check that your pet’s microchip is scanning and your details are up to date on NZCAR – Give us a call and book a time with your local Anexa Vet Nurse.

Registering your dog on NZCAR is worthwhile too. This system is different from the National Dog Database (NDD) where your local council stores your contact details.  The NZCAR can be accessed by all New Zealand veterinary clinics 24/7 as opposed to the NDD which is only accessible during working hours.


How do I check that my pet has the correct contact information on the NZCAR database?

You can check your previously NZCAR registered pet’s details are correct here or talk to one of our vet nurses.

Before the festive season kicks off, is a great time to ensure your pet’s microchip is readable and your contact details are up-to-date. Call us for an appointment and ensure your beloved pet has a higher chance of getting back to you if it gets lost. 

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