All cat owners must follow new law from next week – or risk £500 fine

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Cat Microchiping
Cat Microchiping

All cat owners in England will be required to have their pets microchipped from next week due to a new law change. Owners who fail to comply may end up with a hefty fine of £500.

From Monday, June 10, cat microchipping will be mandatory in England. If their pet is found without a microchip, owners will be given a 21-day grace period to get their cats microchipped, after which they could face a penalty.

The new legislation has been eagerly anticipated by animal welfare authorities and campaigners, as it aims to enhance the safety of cats. A consultation held from December 2020 to February 2021 received over 33,000 replies in which 99 per cent of people agreed the new law should go ahead.