I am French, currently living in France and I will relocate permanently to the UK by the end of the month. I will bring my cat with me but I have a concern about the pet travel scheme. My cat was tattooed in 2008 (the tattoo is clearly legible), he does not have a microchip, he is vaccinated against rabies and has his pet passport.
According to the UK Government's website (https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/microchip), pets need to have a microchip except if they were tattooed before 2011, which is the case for my cat. However, I wanted to be absolutely sure that this information was still valid so I called the Pet Travel Scheme helpline and the Animal and Plant Health Agency. The first one told me that I need to microchip my cat even though he was tattooed before 2011 and the second one told me that I don't need to microchip him. Consequently, I am lost and I don't want to experience any trouble when I enter the UK with my cat.
Has anyone experienced a similar situation and/or does anyone have feedback to give me on this specific subject?