Given the nature of strays, we would advise that you ask your neighbours whether there is a cat missing. Often cats believed to be strays do, in fact, belong to someone local. It is also helpful if you are able to take the cat to a veterinary surgery so they can scan him for a microchip.
In many cases, we will not be able to come out and collect a stray immediately and would ask you to feed the cat until we can get someone to trap him (especially in the summer). During the winter, we will ask whether there is somewhere dry for the cat to go and food for him to eat, until we can get to you. To contact your nearest Cats Protection branch or centre, please visit http://www.cats.org.uk/find-usIf the cat is injured, please take him to your nearest Veterinary Practice and advise them he is a stray.
Vets have a duty to given emergency care to any animal presented to them. Once the cat is stable, the vet will scan him for a microchip. If the vet confirms that he has no owner, they may contact Cats Protection to see if we are able to take him into our care.
Injured cats can become defensive if they are in pain and scared so only handle them if you think you are able
. The safest way of moving an injured cat is to carefully cover him with an old towel or blanket before picking him up. This will contain his legs and, more importantly, his claws.
If you don’t feel confident moving the cat, or if you are unable to get him to a vet, please contact the RSPCA
(in England and Wales) on 0300 1234 999
, or SSPCA in Scotland
on 03000 999 999
who may be able to send an inspector out to collect the cat.