There is no more helpless feeling than a lost cat. A study that surveyed cat owners found that 15% of owners had lost a cat in the past five years. Lost cats were less likely to be found than lost dogs. 85% of lost cats made their way home, but the flip side is that 15% were lost forever. Another study found that ¾ of lost microchipped cats were located due to the presence of the microchip. In dogs (there isn’t cat data published), owners recovered their dog from a shelter only 13% of the time without a microchip, whereas dogs with a microchip were returned to their families 74% of the time.

Microchips are a little bigger than a grain of rice. They are implanted under the skin usually around the shoulders. The chip can often be felt under the skin. Thin layers of connective tissue form around the implant and hold it in place. Placing a microchip is a quick procedure that can be done while the kitty is awake or under anesthesia for another procedure. A needle is used to place the chip under the skin.

A microchip is a passive RFID device (Radio Frequency Identification). It lacks an internal power source, it remains inert until it is powered by the external scanner. While there are many brands of microchips available, there are universal scanners to detect multiple chip types with different radio frequencies. Microchips can be seen on x-rays.


Successful tracking and reunification of lost cats with their owners relies on accurate information within a registration database. When the chip is initially placed, your contact information is registered with the company that manufactures the chip. If your contact information (phone number, address, e-mail) changes, it must be updated. This can be done directly through the company who placed the microchip – often online or with a phone call. Ask us to help at Cat Specialist; we can scan the chip and give you a handout to help guide the process of how to update your cat’s microchip. We are believers that microchips are the best way to get lost cats home. Save yourself the heartache and stress of a lost cat by microchipping your cat. Contact us to schedule your cat’s appointment today.


Click here to look up a microchip number on a found cat.


  • Microchip linked feeders are available. We carry these at Cat Specialist! This can be very helpful when you have a multi-cat household and different cats have different dietary needs. See this video link for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2xEmMmYfBs
  • Microchip linked cat doors. These are available online. These can be used for indoor/outdoor cats or to restrict which cats have access to certain rooms indoors. See this video link for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjOqzXCwDec