Thank you for contacting me about cat microchipping.
To their owners, cats are cherished members of the family and I understand that their disappearance and deaths can cause a lot of distress.
The Government is committed to improving the welfare of cats and has a manifesto commitment to introduce compulsory microchipping of cats. Last year, Defra published a call for evidence on compulsory microchipping for cats, which attracted over 3,000 responses. I am aware that the responses are now being assessed, with a view to publishing the summary of these in due course. In the meantime, I would encourage all cat owners to microchip their felines, ensuring relevant records are kept up to date.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP