Microchipping of cats becomes compulsory

Compulsory Microchipping for Cats

New legislation comes into force in England on June 10th 2024, requiring all cat owners to have their pets microchipped. Owners who don’t comply will be given 21 days to have their cat microchipped, otherwise they could face a fine of up to £500.

All HAWS cats and kittens are microchipped before they are rehomed, but this new legislation should help reunite thousands of lost or stray pets every year, and avoid them ending up in rescue centres.

Owners with cats that are already microchipped should ensure their details are up to date.

Read more about microchipping on catchat.org

Read more about the legislation on the Government’s website

Defra article