Stay or stray?
Seeking help and advice on stray cats? When coming across a wandering cat, remember that it may well not be a stray. Most cats have a sense of adventure and even owned cats might appear to be lost - or at least in want of food! The cat you've encountered might be a stray, feral or even an owned cat.
Is it a stray cat?
If the cat appears to be a healthy weight and well groomed, it might belong to someone else. Ask your neighbours if they recognise the cat or check out local newspapers and Facebook groups for listed missing pets.
If the cat is friendly to approach, check the collar for ID tags. If there are no visible signs of ownership, take the cat to your nearest vet or Cats Protection branch to scan the cat for a microchip. Contact can then be made with the owners to arrange a happy reunion.
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