If you have lost or found a cat please:
We are now concentrating our efforts at reuniting cats on Facebook as it is proving much more successful than through the branch website.
A register of cats, lost & found in the Forest, is kept by one of our volunteers. Every attempt will be made to reunite lost cats with their owners so a description of the cat, with good photos, & details of where it was lost or found is essential.
The best way of being sure that your cat will be returned to you if it gets lost is to get it microchipped. This is an inexpensive & painless procedure. Check with your local vet to find out the price. Always keep the contact details registered with the microchip up-to-date, especially if you move home or change your phone.
If you find a stray cat & can get it to your vet, they will scan it to see if it has a microchip which will identify its owner. There is usually no charge for this service.
What to do if your cat is missing:
- Contact Cats Protection – see above.
- Check that the cat microchip contact details are up-to-date.
- Ring round the local vets.
- Walk all round your locality, look on road verges, under hedges & in woodland. Call out & rattle the food dish or a box of biscuits. Call out yourself as the cat may be nervous of strange voices.
- Use Facebook & Nextdoor social media sites to advertise the cat as missing.
- Call on neighbours or put a flyer through their doors with a description & photo of the missing cat. Ask if you can look in their garage, shed, greenhouse, outbuildings, caravan.
- Ask neighbours if they have CCTV or wildlife cameras in their gardens & if they have seen a stray cat.
- Put up notices in your local shops & supermarkets, village & parish noticeboards. Include local bus stops & outside nearby schools.
- Ask the postman & the milkman. They are wonderful sources of local information!
- Place an ad in the local papers under "Pets" or "Lost". Look in the "Found" columns.
FINALLY ...when your search is completed, please take down all of your missing posters. This frees up space for the next lost cat & reduces complaints about fly-posting.