March 18th 2023.
From June 10, 2024, all cats over 20 weeks old in England must be microchipped in order to reduce the risk of theft or loss. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has stated that those who fail to comply with the regulations could face a fine of up to £500. The procedure is quite simple and involves a standard injection, and free-living cats are exempt from the regulations. It has been reported that cats that are microchipped are more than twice as likely to be reunited with their owners if they are stolen or go missing. (Image Source: https://metro.co.uk)
From June 10, 2024, all cats aged over 20 weeks in England must be fitted with a microchip in order to be in compliance with the rules set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Owners who are found to have not had their pet chipped before this date will be given 21 days to have one implanted, or risk a fine of up to £500. The procedure is simple and largely painless, similar to a standard injection. Free-living cats, such as those found on farms, in feral colonies or in community areas, are exempt from this regulation. It is believed that microchipping will significantly increase the possibility of cats being reunited with their owners in the event that they become lost or stolen.
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