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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:13 pm 
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I recently lost a cat since she ran away, never came back. Since i am concerned about this, i commented our VET and they told us they have a tracking gps chip that they install it by the neck, its rly small.

Anyone have heard about this?
Have anyone done this to any of their cats?
Any health issue? I'm not that sure to do it to my bengal when it arrive.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:32 pm 
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Yes, Benji has a Microchip and they are quite common in the UK. (not only for pedigrees either)

It is put in with a large(ish) needle so you may want to wait until you have your Bengal spayed/neutered and get the vet to do it whilst they are anaesthetised. They have been known to move from the original site but this is rare and doesn't usually cause a problem.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:39 pm 
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I have not heard of a GPS chip. I'd like to hear more!

Quasar has a microchip, inserted at time of neuter, but it only carries electronic data such as my name, address & phone number. It's only helpful if someone bothers to check for it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:09 pm 
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I wonder if they mean a microchip as I've not heard of a GPS one before.... Only on devises you attach to collars!

Microchips work by identifying who a cat belongs to rather than tracking where it is.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:19 pm 
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I'm an engineer and that's not possible it would need to transmit, receive and store its own energy. Your thinking an ID chip that's different. The smallest is a full duplex RF device like used in tracking wildlife. I sometimes use one called the Loc8tor there is nothing smaller that can give a direction and distance.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:37 pm 
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A microchip does not have GPS to locate your cat if it goes missing, it's just a form of permanent identification. The purpose of a microchip is so that if your cat does get lost, and it's found and brought to an animal shelter or vet clinic, they should be able to scan the cat with a handheld scanner to see if it has a microchip. If the cat is microchipped the scanner will show an identification number - you then have to call the microchip company with that number, and they'll tell you who the owner/phone number/address is attached to that number. I have not heard of any sort of GPS implant for pets, but I do know they make GPS collars (which I would advise to be extremely careful with as collars have a bad reputation for getting cats into horrible situations like hanging them from various objects :cry:).

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:57 pm 
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Well either i miss understood or the vet is trying to sell me the microchip. I really don't know if its a GPS tracking chip, and since you people have been telling me it's to scan it if found and information will comes up, i think that might be it. But damn everyone would love to have a microchip that would locate the pet. I will talk to the vet again and clear this out.

I would buy it anyways because its still good. But i hope it doesn't affect the pet health.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:00 pm 
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I wish they'd make a GPS chip for cats. They do have GPS tracking devices that are put on collars that will track your pet (they have to be recharged regularly). Microchips can't give out a cat's location .. it contains just a number which can be scanned and traced back to a database. I've had cats microchipped and they've never had any health issues.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:10 pm 
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Well either i miss understood or the vet is trying to sell me the microchip. I really don't know if its a GPS tracking chip, and since you people have been telling me it's to scan it if found and information will comes up, i think that might be it. But damn everyone would love to have a microchip that would locate the pet. I will talk to the vet again and clear this out.

I would buy it anyways because its still good. But i hope it doesn't affect the pet health.

It is a wonderful thing to have. Many consider it irresponsible not to have one, given how many pets end up lost or stolen and find their way into shelters... Without a microchip it's a huge gamble weather your pet will be returned to you. At least where I live, the first thing we do when someone brings a found animal to the shelter is scan them for a microchip. If the animal doesn't have one, especially if it's a cat, the chances of it finding it's way back to home are very slim - especially since most kill-shelters only hold strays for a short period of time. :sad: All 7 of our cats and our dog have been microchipped with no issues. And even with the thousands of shelter kitties I work with, the only 'problem' I've ever seen with microchips is that they sometimes (usually if they aren't implanted correctly) can 'travel' a bit under the skin. Meaning over time the chip might end up lower down the cat's back or arm, rather than directly behind the neck. But I've never personally seen any adverse health effects related to microchipping.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:49 am 
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MarxAbruna wrote:
Well either i miss understood or the vet is trying to sell me the microchip. I really don't know if its a GPS tracking chip, and since you people have been telling me it's to scan it if found and information will comes up, i think that might be it. But damn everyone would love to have a microchip that would locate the pet. I will talk to the vet again and clear this out.

I would buy it anyways because its still good. But i hope it doesn't affect the pet health.

It is a wonderful thing to have. Many consider it irresponsible not to have one, given how many pets end up lost or stolen and find their way into shelters... Without a microchip it's a huge gamble weather your pet will be returned to you. At least where I live, the first thing we do when someone brings a found animal to the shelter is scan them for a microchip. If the animal doesn't have one, especially if it's a cat, the chances of it finding it's way back to home are very slim - especially since most kill-shelters only hold strays for a short period of time. :sad: All 7 of our cats and our dog have been microchipped with no issues. And even with the thousands of shelter kitties I work with, the only 'problem' I've ever seen with microchips is that they sometimes (usually if they aren't implanted correctly) can 'travel' a bit under the skin. Meaning over time the chip might end up lower down the cat's back or arm, rather than directly behind the neck. But I've never personally seen any adverse health effects related to microchipping.


That's good, to hear this from someone who have it done. I will do it no matter what, and probably I will also have a dog tag in my cats because I can't afford to lose one again because it hurts so much to think how sad they probably are. Thanks for this reply it helped me decide.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:08 am 
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MarxAbruna wrote:
That's good, to hear this from someone who have it done. I will do it no matter what, and probably I will also have a dog tag in my cats because I can't afford to lose one again because it hurts so much to think how sad they probably are. Thanks for this reply it helped me decide.

Yes, I can imagine loosing a pet is very heartbreaking. :( I'm sorry that happened to you.

Just be careful about putting a collar on your cats. Even "break-away" collars don't always work, and there have been many stories of cats accidentally hanging themselves (on trees/doorknobs/etc.) Or getting a front leg stuck in them.


Another forum member here modified a regular collar to "break away" safely and effectively if her cat were to really set stuck on something. I'm not sure if it's fool-proof but it'll definitely work much better than your standard store bought collars would: http://bengalcatforums.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=15999&p=189296&hilit=modified+break+away+collar#p189296

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:42 am 
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A microchip is a must for any pet that it can safely be put in, regardless of breed, pedigree or type of pet it is.

Ultimately these are our pets that have become so much more than just pets, I am sure for most everybody they have become an important part of the family.

We had Archie ear tattooed and micro-chipped, we want every possible advantage of getting him back just in-case he does some how go missing.

We also have pet medical insurance on him as well.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:15 am 
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echoplexia wrote:
MarxAbruna wrote:
That's good, to hear this from someone who have it done. I will do it no matter what, and probably I will also have a dog tag in my cats because I can't afford to lose one again because it hurts so much to think how sad they probably are. Thanks for this reply it helped me decide.

Yes, I can imagine loosing a pet is very heartbreaking. :( I'm sorry that happened to you.

Just be careful about putting a collar on your cats. Even "break-away" collars don't always work, and there have been many stories of cats accidentally hanging themselves (on trees/doorknobs/etc.) Or getting a front leg stuck in them.


Another forum member here modified a regular collar to "break away" safely and effectively if her cat were to really set stuck on something. I'm not sure if it's fool-proof but it'll definitely work much better than your standard store bought collars would: http://bengalcatforums.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=15999&p=189296&hilit=modified+break+away+collar#p189296

WOW! Great memory! She did her own thread on it too viewtopic.php?f=3&t=16079&p=189982

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:29 am 
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People thought I was over selling, but I love the Loc8tor viewtopic.php?f=3&t=15411The original one has a proximity alarm so it would warn you when the cats out of the garden. The cat's collar beeps too. Pouncey knows to come back when he hears the sound. I didn't train him to he learned it on his own. I'm sure adding treats in the mix you could train any cat. Like the sound of a can opener is but on the collar.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:50 am 
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WOW! Great memory! She did her own thread on it too http://www.bengalcatforums.com/forums/v ... 9&p=189982

Ahh yes, I thought I remembered a specific thread for it but on a quick search of "modified break away" yours was the first one I saw. :razz:

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