ALL cat owners could be forced to pay to microchip their pets under plans being proposed by ministers.
Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said the gadgets will help reunite strays and stolen moggies with their worried owners.
Pet owners could be forced to microchip their cats under a new law[/caption]
It is already compulsory to microchip dogs, and owners that flout the law can be stung with a £500 fine.
It currently costs around £15 to get a pet chipped.
Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said: “Today’s call for evidence on cat microchipping will help the government understand how we can better protect this country’s much-loved cats and kittens.
“This government is committed to animal welfare and improving the lives of our companion animals.
“Today’s announcement builds on a series of positive actions we have taken to improve welfare standards in this country, including a ban on the third-party sale of puppies and kittens and a commitment to increase maximum sentencing for animal cruelty from six months to five years.”
The Government is launching a 12 week consultation on their plans.
COMPULSORY CAT MICROCHIPPING
Compulsory dog microchipping was brought in in 2015, and now 92 per cent of dogs have one.
The operation involves inserting a chip around the size of a grain of rice under the skin of a pet.
Pet charities welcomed the move.
James Yeates, Chief executive of Cats Protection, said: “Microchipping is an essential part of responsible pet ownership, yet each year we still take in thousands of cats which have not been microchipped.
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“The majority of strays we take in are unchipped and so we are usually unable to trace an owner so the cats have to be rehomed.
“Microchipping is a safe and permanent way to give a lost cat the best chance of being returned to their home.
“People tell us how knowing their cat is microchipped gives them reassurance, and it also ensures owners can be informed in the sad event of their cat being injured or killed on the road.”
Owners could face fines of up to £500 if they fail to microchip their moggies[/caption]
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