Cat owners in Gedling borough who fail to get their pet microchipped could be fined or prosecuted under rules being proposed today by ministers.
The Government has said it plans to introduce compulsory microchipping for cats, which would subject them to the same mandatory rules that already apply to dogs. Since compulsory dog microchipping was introduced in 2016, 92% of dogs are now microchipped.
Cats Protection reported that 8 out of 10 stray cats handed in to their adoption centres in England during 2018 were unchipped.
Microchipping is not currently mandatory for cats, unless they are travelling under the Pet Travel Scheme.
Ministers believe the move will help to combat cat theft and identify pets which are injured or killed on roads and are now calling for owners to microchip their cats before they force them to do so following a consultation.
A spokesman for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), said: ‘This Government has always urged cat owners to microchip their pets as the right thing to do as responsible pet owners and is now taking steps to introduce compulsory cat microchipping to give pet owners peace of mind, help tackle cat theft and identify cats injured or killed on roads.’
Zac Goldsmith, Animal Welfare Minister said: “Microchips are often the only hope of reuniting lost pets with their owners so it truly is the best New Year’s resolution you could make to protect your furry friend in 2020. I urge cat owners to microchip their cat and for dog-owners to make sure the details on the chip are up to date.