New Legislation for
Cat Microchipping

Check your chip!

From 10th June 2024 it will be law for owners to get their cats microchipped.

A new legislation has been introduced for cat microchipping to become compulsory, making it easier for lost or stray pet cats to be reunited with their owners and returned home safely.

There are over 9 million pet cats in England, with as many as 2.3 million unchipped, meaning that it would be very difficult to reunite them with their owner if they get lost or stolen. Microchipping cats will help reunite thousands of lost or stray pets every year.

The new rules mean cats must be implanted with a microchip before they reach the age of 20 weeks and their contact details stored and kept up to date in a pet microchipping database. All owners must have their cat microchipped by 10th June 2024 and owners found not to have microchipped their cat will have 21 days to have one implanted, or may face a fine of up to £500.

Please call the practice if you’d like to know if your cat has been microchipped, or if you’d like to arrange for this to be done.

For more information regarding this new legislation, please visit