I finally decided, after some debate with myself, to start micro chipping my indoor cats. So, for Rudy's yearly exam, I arranged for him to be chipped.
Little bugger! The night before, doesn't he slip out the door!! He's done this before a couple of times but always stays in the back yard and returns in 15 mins when he figures out I'm not going to play the "chase the cat" game. :-(
Not this time! He not only stayed out for over two hours, he went into the neighbor's yard! You'd think with him being 95% white and, at 10pm, he'd be easy to spot but NOoooooo they couldn't see him and neither could I. Errrrr! So, we locked everyone else in the house and propped open the garage's side door. Sure enough, he eventually came home.
This little episode reinforced my decision to micro-chip everyone as their yearly exams come up. For $68, he's now chipped. Big needle, I cringed, he could have cared less. Vet said they all usually react more to being vaccinated than to be chipped. Go figure.
What they don't tell you is, even though they keep his chip ID on file in the office, they don't register it with anyone. That's the owner's responsibility using a form they give you. So, you can register them for $18.50 for one cat or $50 for up to five cats, one time fee. I have to give them a call to find out if I can register Rudy now, pay the $50, and register the others as their turn comes??
Rudy is my avatar. As you can see, if some critter doesn't gobble him up on his next escapade, he's so cute someone may decide to keep him or turn him into the Rescue league.
Has anyone had any experiences with chipping? Thanks.