Martin Lewis issues warning to millions of cat owners about to be fined

Martin Lewis issues warning to millions of cat owners about to be fined
Martin Lewis warns millions are missing out on £400 a month
This Morning, ITV

Martin Lewis has issued an urgent warning to millions of cat owners who could face a fine amid new law change.

For years, the money saving expert has been helping Brits to save a penny or two, with hacks to save on mobile phone bills and revealing how to claim if you’re a student who is due a refund on overpaid student loans.

Now, Lewis has warned millions of cat owners in England about a new law that could see them fined up to £500 and be denied a claim on their pet insurance, if their feline friends are not microchipped soon.

In his newsletter, he explained: “From Monday June 10, by law, in England (doesn’t apply to rest of UK) all cats aged 20+ weeks must be microchipped and registered on a database (it became law for dogs in 2016). Yet over 20 percent aren’t yet.”

According to the PDSA, up to 24 per cent of adults in the UK own a cat, meaning there are potentially millions of them in England who are not microchipped and whose owners could incur a hefty fine.

Lewis explained that, although the law is coming in on 10 June, the government does give a 21 day leeway. This means that the very latest deadline to avoid incurring a fine is 1 July.

Microchipping your cat can cost anywhere between £20 and £30, according to cat charity Cats Protection, making it a good investment to avoid a potential fine of £500.

The small electronic microchip allows a scanner to read it, so if your cat gets lost, you are more likely to be reunited with them based on the information the microchip holds.

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