New rules will mean all 10million pet cats in the UK will have to have a microchip implanted, according to reports.
The move will be part of a package of measures put forward by a Government taskforce created to cut down on pet thefts.
Cat owners who refuse to get their pets chipped will face a £500 fine, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Pet thefts have soared by more than 12 per cent in lockdown as the price of buying a cat or dog rocketed.
A pet can now cost you more than £2,000 - meaning cat theft has tripled in five years, according to police.
It is already law that dogs in this country have to have a microchip - meaning they can be traced back to their owner.
Not an entirely serious post title, but at the moment it does feel like a plausible future. One which in certain circumstances and on the back of a carefully constructed narrative could be sold to a large percentage of the UK population.