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Old 24-04-2013, 18:26
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and if not, would you consider it in the future?
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Old 24-04-2013, 18:28
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and if not, would you consider it in the future?
Yes. Both of my cats are. I don't like collars, so it was the only way for me.
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Old 24-04-2013, 18:33
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No, because it's a gerbil.
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Old 24-04-2013, 18:36
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Yes to both questions.

I was given my cat by a neighbour, who was moving (if I didn't take her in, they would have given her to the CPL). A couple of months after I got her, I had an appointment at the vet to get her chipped (at the same time as having her teeth done). The vet found out that she had already been chipped, and it was a long wait (about 4 weeks IIRC) before the chipping company could transfer her to me. Apparently, they have to try and get the previous owner's permission.

I would always get my cats microchipped, and I would not consider not having it done.
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Old 24-04-2013, 18:42
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Yes, my cat is microchipped, I also don't like collars on cats in case of choking, and yes I would have it done again with future pets
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Old 24-04-2013, 18:42
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Yes. I finally got my cat micro-chipped about a year ago. He keeps losing his collars and the microchip is just extra security for me and for him. So I know he has a greater chance of being returned if he gets lost or dare I say Killed.
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Old 24-04-2013, 18:59
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Just got my two chipped in order to get them their passports.
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Old 24-04-2013, 19:06
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Yes, I got given the chips when I rehomed my cats as kittens, it was part of the agreement getting them that I get them spayed and chipped.
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Old 24-04-2013, 20:07
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My two cats were already chipped when I adopted them, but my dog was not. The dog shelter doesn't believe in chipping because of the related health concerns. I've considered having her chipped myself, but I'm conflicted because of said concerns.
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Old 24-04-2013, 20:39
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Yes and yes
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Old 24-04-2013, 21:02
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One is and one we are hoping will be if she gets big enough. Apparently she is not big enough to have one yet.
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Old 24-04-2013, 21:04
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Yep, mine was microchipped at about 6 months if I remember correctly
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Old 24-04-2013, 21:11
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Both my dogs were but my cat isn't. He isn't going anywhere so doesn't need to be.
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Old 24-04-2013, 21:48
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Eldest cat isn't - it was kinda new when she was young, and she grew to be a dependable low-roaming cat that we trust a lot.

3yr old MC is; 18-week MC kitten will be getting chipped & snipped in the next couple of weeks.
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Old 24-04-2013, 23:06
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Both cats are and the hound will be done when he gets neutered.
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Old 24-04-2013, 23:12
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The dog is, couldn't get a licence for him without it.
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Old 24-04-2013, 23:16
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Nope, my cat is not microchipped and I would not do it. i really don't want the risk of a tumor, which from what i have heard can be caused by these microchips.

Anyway, we don't microchip people, well not yet, so why should animals be any different?
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Old 24-04-2013, 23:33
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no. and yes.

more through having to have one by 2016 than anything.
not all that keen on the idea of it, as they can cause issues, but if it has to be done.
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Old 24-04-2013, 23:34
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My horse is microchipped, every equine has to have it done..
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Old 25-04-2013, 03:22
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Yes and yes.
Mainly to maximise the chances of getting him back, if he was ever to escape the garden - or be let out.
Also have phone numbers (as well as his name) embroidered into his collar, because he keeps losing tags etc.

He's nearly 6 now - had the chip since he was 18mths, with no issues so far.
As a matter of routine, my vet scans for the chip when he's in for his booster jab.
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Old 25-04-2013, 08:46
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no. and yes.

more through having to have one by 2016 than anything.
not all that keen on the idea of it, as they can cause issues, but if it has to be done.
That is only for a dog, i know someone who have two dogs and they are not going to get them microchipped, law or no law.
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Old 25-04-2013, 09:09
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My cat is from Cats Protection, so she was chipped and spayed before I got her. Just as well as she won't wear a collar but loves being outside.
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Old 25-04-2013, 09:16
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yes the RSPCA did it when we adopted her. She finally also has the up to date address. She had an address for somewhere that doesn't even exist any more up until the end of last year.
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Old 25-04-2013, 10:11
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Both my cats are chipped, I also have a microchip cat-flap which is handy for keeping unwanted visitors out.
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Old 25-04-2013, 13:14
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Yep, my dog is chipped, but only because he was mandatorily chipped by the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home. I do think though that rescue shelters should give new owners a choice. Along with the health risks, another way of looking at it is if a dog is abandoned after being abused, then a chip will only make it possible for authorities to return the dog to an abusive owner.

My dog is never going to be put into a situation where he can escape or be snatched from the garden. The back garden is well secured and he is always supervised. He is never off lead in a non-enclosed area either. He'll occasionally be tied up outside a shop, but ONLY if all I need to do while in the shop is turn my head and see him. If he were to be out of sight at all I would NEVER leave him outside a shop. However, if owners aren't going to bother keeping their dogs safe like that, then their dogs should be chipped.

I was also wondering if it's illegal for a dog to be in public without a name/address tag. Given that my dog is chipped, I really don't think he needs to wear one. Say you stop to chat to someone and happen to mention that you're going on holiday, then all that person needs to do is look at your dog's tag to know where you live and when the house will be empty. Or if they fancy their chances of stealing your dog, then your dog could become an easy target. Or putting those things aside, you wouldn't go out wearing a shirt with your address printed on it, so why should your dog wear something telling people where you live? I do realize there are pros for tags, but there are also some very big cons.

Any thoughts on what I just said?
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