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£500 fine for cats missing microchips 

The new law to microchip our cats keeps them safe and us happy, but how can we manage with extra pet care costs? 

It’s no secret that cats have a mind of their own. With all that wandering around they do, some are bound to get lost now and again. But in the UK, a shocking 250,000 cats go missing every year. 

As cat owners, we want to stay on top of their whereabouts in case they get lost, stolen, or hurt. 

Come June, all cats in England who are over twenty weeks old are required to be microchipped. Animal charity, the PSDA said: “54% of cat owners are not aware that cats must be microchipped in England by 10 June 2024. The UK Government has made it compulsory to microchip your cat by this date or you may be fined.”

Cat owners could face a fine of up to £500.

Pet care is already expensive with costs averaging to around £1500 per year. We love our pets, but do we have to break the bank to keep them healthy?

The average cost of microchipping is around £10-30. It’s important we double check if our vet already includes a microchip in their health plans. Some charities will offer microchipping for a reduced cost or free, depending on our circumstances. We can be on the lookout for free Microchipping Events near us.

Dr Christine Middlemiss, the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer, says, “By getting their cat microchipped, owners can increase the likelihood that they will be reunited with their beloved pet in the event of it going missing.”

According to the PDSA, nearly 2.4 million cats do not have a microchip.

*Currently does not apply to Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland

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