What do I do if I've found a cat?
Most cats are, by nature, inclined to roam the area surrounding their home. You're likely to come across a stray cat on your travels, although it might be tricky to find out whether it is a stray cat, a feral or is in fact an owned cat with a sense of adventure. So what should you do if you've found a cat?
(Please check our guide below for the difference between feral and stray cats)
Keeping the cat safe
If the found cat is friendly, you might be able to check for an identification tag - if it belongs to someone, give them a call and let them know. You can take the cat to your nearest vet to scan for a microchip, or call your local Cats Protection branch for help.
It is also a good idea to advertise the cat you've found using flyers or social media sites. If you have no luck in finding the owner, contact Pat 07716 596212 or Stephanie 07759620055 for more advice.
What is a feral cat? The term feral describes members of a domesticated species that have reverted to living as wild animals. Feral cats have had little or no contact with humans. They can never be tamed and this should never be attempted because they are very fearful of people and it would seriously compromise their welfare. Feral cats live alone – or in groups called colonies – and are found in towns, cities and rural areas. The best solution for feral cats is for them to be neutered and returned to their familiar environment.
Cat traps can be used to catch feral or stray cats or those who are simply lost. They must be set in a secure location and monitored. We hire out these traps for £20. We would be more than happy to offer advice as to whether a cat trap is needed in your scenario. Call 07759620055
Cat traps allow you to catch the cat safely without harm to yourself or the cat. We often work with farms, stables and small holdings to TNR (trap, neuter and re-release) colonies of feral cats to stop the amount of feral unwanted kittens being born. Neutering these cats does not only stop the unwanted production of kittens it also increases the health of the feral cats and inturn creates better "mousers".
Occasionally we catch feral cats in urban areas and often they cannot return to the same area, so in this case we look for farms, stables etc to re-release these cats once they have bee neutered. If you feel you have the correct environment for one or more of these cats please let us know! (These cats will earn their keep in return for shelter & some food).