I have hit a cat while driving. What should I do?
Unfortunately, accidents do happen. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having hit a cat with your car, you’ll need to know what to do next. What should you do if you run over a dead cat?
The Road Traffic Act 1988 only gives rules around certain types of animals: dogs, goats, horses, cattle, donkeys, sheep and pigs. If you hit one of these animals with your vehicle, you are required by law to report it to the police.
If you hit an animal not included in the current law, such as a cat, you’re not legally required to report it but may wish to contact the police. Whether you choose to report the accident or not, you should follow the necessary steps to ensure the cat’s owner is notified.
If the cat is alive or you are not sure, follow the advice in the ‘injured cat’ section above.If the cat is dead, follow these five steps.
● Move the cat to safety
● Take the cat to the nearest vet, transporting them in a box or old blanket or clothing
● The vet will be able to scan the cat for a microchip and contact the owner to let them know if the cat is chipped
● If you’re unable to visit your local vet, get in contact with your local Cats Protection, who may be able to help identify the cat. You can find your nearest branch or centre by typing in your postcode at www.cats.org.uk/find-us
● If you cannot take the cat to a vet or local Cats Protection, you can report any dead animals you find on the road to the local council. www.gov.uk/report-dead-animal