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Please note: our centres are currently not open for walk-in visits to meet the cats, this is available by appointment only. To find out more, get in touch with your local centre or branch.

Thinking about adopting a cat or kitten? Find out more about adopting a cat with Cats Protection in our guide.

Thinking about adopting a cat or kitten? At Cats Protection, we believe in matching the right cat to the right home. That's why we look at everything from your potential pet's personality to where you live - creating the perfect match for both cat and owner.

While there can be a lot to think about when adopting a cat, Cats Protection aims to take away some of your worries, providing plenty of advice along the way.

How to adopt a cat

While our branches and centres were closed to the public during the pandemic, our dedicated volunteers and employees continued to match cats with new owners through our hands-free homing process.

In fact, in the last year we homed over 20,000 cats, proof of just how effective our new way of homing has been.

For the foreseeable future, we’ll be continuing to home our cats virtually, with one small change. Our centres will be offering visits by appointment – giving you a chance to meet (and get to know) the cat you’ve been matched with.

Please note: our centres are currently not open for walk-in visits to meet the cats, this is available by appointment only. To find out more, get in touch with your local centre or branch.

Here’s our three-step guide to adopting a cat with Cats Protection.

Why adopt a cat from Cats Protection?

With many cats needing homes in the UK, our centres are often full. There are countless cats waiting for an owner to give them love, care and attention.

We aim to make sure all cats and kittens in our care are ready for their new homes. When you adopt a cat with Cats Protection, you can be sure they have received:

Kittens for adoption with Cats Protection

Looking to adopt a kitten? Kittens arrive at Cats Protection from various places and with varying needs - from those that have been abandoned to those that are born in our care if their mother is a stray. 

While kittens can be cute to look at, they need additional care and patience from their owners. They are likely to be more energetic than older cats too - something worth thinking about before you consider kittens for adoption.

Find out more about choosing the right cat for you

Find out more about settling a kitten in

Cats Protection's homing process

While our branches and centres are all unique, Cats Protection aims to make the cat adoption process as easy as possible. You can find the opening times and address details of each centre by typing your postcode into our handy Find us tool.

Please note: all of our centres and branches are currently appointment only.

Here’s how the adoption process works:

  • once you’ve found a cat, either using our Find-a-cat tool or by speaking to us on the phone, you’ll need to fill in a homing questionnaire
  • We’ll then complete the cat matching process with you. This helps us to ensure that you and your pet are right for each other
  • you may be given the option to meet your potential pet by making an appointment to visit them in the centre
  • living in rented accommodation? You might need a letter from your landlord. You can find out more about how to go about this with our Purrfect Landlords campaign
  • you’ll then fill in some paperwork to adopt your cat, pay your adoption fee and arrange a date to collect your new companion

What is Cats Protection's adoption fee?

The adoption fee varies for different branches and centres. Some may have to pay more for veterinary treatment than others, and some have higher costs in looking after cats.

The adoption fee goes towards paying some of the cost of your cat's health check, neutering and vaccinations.

Find out more about our adoption fee

Adopt a cat FAQs

If you’re looking to rehome a cat with Cats Protection, you might have many unanswered questions. Hopefully we’ve answered some of them below. If you’d like to discuss anything else, please get in touch with us.

See our adoption FAQs

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