What to do if you need to rehome your cat?

From moving home and relationship break-ups to changes in the family or bereavement, there are many reasons why owners have to make the difficult decision to rehome their cat. While some situations are unavoidable, there are circumstances where you may be able to keep your cat.

Reasons for rehoming
Allergies: If you, or someone living in your household, think they might be allergic to your cat, don't panic. There are other alternatives before you start thinking about giving up your cat. Firstly, visit your GP to determine whether the symptoms are related to your feline companion - it could be the case that pollen, dust mites or even perfume is the culprit! If your GP confirms that your allergy is caused by your cat, you can discuss treatment. Read more about cats and allergies on the main Cats Protection page here.

Pregnancy / Children: Cats can make great companions for children but it is understandable if when getting pregnant, you begin to worry. There's no reason why you should have to rehome your cat when pregnant or having a baby in your household. For more advice, visit the main Cats Protection guide on cats and pregnancy.

If the issue is with your cat's behaviour and you're considered giving them up, it might be worth visiting your vet.

Rehoming your cat

If you find that you, or a family member, can no longer cope with a pet, there might be no other option but to rehome the cat. If this is the case, it is important to remember the following steps to ensure your feline companion is safe.

Don’t be tempted to advertise your cat online or on social media. Unfortunately this doesn’t always ensure that your pet will go to a good home. Put an advert in the newspaper, in your local vets' surgeries & in pet shops.

If someone rings up to express interest we do strongly suggest you do a brief home-visit our Rehoming Officer will be able to  provide you with information on what to ask and what to look for when you do a home-visit. 

Please get your cat neutered before rehoming it. Read more about neutering here.

If you rehome your cat, remember to change their microchip details

Contact us and other local charities (try www.catchat.org)  as they might be able to help. Remember we only have limited space and can only take on a cat for rehoming if there is room.

If your cat was originally from Canterbury & District Cats Protection we will always take the cat back into our care. However, we will be unable to take a cat back into our care immediately. Be patient. If you’re phoning branches during the day, you may need to leave an answerphone message as many of our volunteers may be at work. Your call will soon be returned and you’ll be advised on what to do next.

Think carefully. Once the decision has been made and the cat rehomed, no details of the new owners can be released.

For further advice, contact our National Information line.