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Dear Christopher Cat

I’m thinking about having my cat microchipped, but I heard that some scanners don’t read all types of microchips. Will microchipping just give me a false sense of security?

Christopher Responds

No, your sense of security will be valid.

Most shelters and veterinary hospitals now use universal scanners that detect all three frequencies of microchips implanted in animals: 125 KHz, the frequency of most U.S. microchips; 128 KHz, less commonly used in this country; and 134.2 KHz, used internationally.

Mom microchipped my feline and canine siblings, and, to help reunite us if we’re ever lost, she registered the chip numbers with a national organization.

That last step – and updating the records if you move – is essential. Too often, families can’t be found because their pets’ microchip numbers are registered to old addresses.

Even indoor cats should be microchipped. Sadly, 41 percent of people who search animal shelters for their lost cats consider them “indoor only” pets.

The problem is enormous. Every year, one million pets – that’s one in three – are lost or stolen in the U.S. Without up-to-date identification, 90 percent don’t get home.

Across the country, only two to five percent of cats that enter shelters are reunited with their owners.

Celebrate National Animal Safety and Protection Month by microchipping your cat. It may save her life.

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