It used to be unless you had a tag on your cat's collar and your cat went missing, the chances of your cat returning were slim to none. With modern technology, now eighty percent of cat's microchipped are returned to their owners if she or he ever becomes lost. If you do decide to microchip your pet, you should know what a microchip is. It is a small computer chip containing a identification number on it which is linked to a company with your identification information. The chip is about the same size as a grain of rice and it is implanted under the skin with a needle between the cat's shoulder blades. Microchips can sometimes migrate around the body under the skin to different locations and that is why we scan the entire body of a pet when a lost pet is brought in for scanning. We recommend to chip your pet when they are under anesthesia because of the large needle. We can still microchip without anesthesia but it can be a small bit of discomfort for the pet. It is very important that you keep your microchip information up to date with your most current phone number and address. The main benefit of the microchip is that your cat is most likely to be reunited with you after being lost. Having your cat microchipped can be a lifesaver. We use international microchips and registration through HomeAgain here at Broadway Vet. The cost of the microchip plus one year of registration is $71.00.