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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has issued further clarification in relation to the microchipping of cats.

Following a degree of uncertainty in the interpretation of the legislation, Defra has confirmed that: “If a cat is being microchipped for pet travel it would need to follow the requirements as set out in the Non-Commercial Movement of Pet Animals Order 2011 which an amendment was made in 2014. Where a cat is being microchipped for a different purpose, it would not need to be microchipped by any particular person.” 

The legal requirements for microchipping dogs is outlined in the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015.

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