I've Found a Cat

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, or is in fact an owned cat with a sense of adventure. So what should you do if you've found a cat?
Here are a few suggestions on how to locate the owner:    

  • Make a temporary ‘lost and found’ paper collar for her – give us a call and we’ll pop some in the post for you. Ensure the fitted collar allows for two fingers to be placed between the collar and cat’s neck, to make sure the cat isn’t harmed. 
  • Ask your neighbours – or even your local shops. They may be able to tell you how long a cat has been around, whether it is owned or whether her owners have moved.
  • Scan for a microchip – if after two to three days the collar remains on the cat and no owner has called, then you can bring the cat to your local vet for a microchip scan (assuming the cat is friendly and you can entice the cat into a cat carrier). Any vet should perform a microchip scan free for charge for a suspected stray cat. 
  • Stray kitten? – no kitten should be outside before the age of 6 months. If you find a solitary kitten or litter of kittens living outside, please contact Cats Protection as soon as possible for further advice. 
  • Is the cat sick or injured? – you can phone the RSPCA or take it to your nearest vet, who has a duty to provide care to sick or injured animals at no cost to the finder. If you do find a sick cat however, approach with care. You can try gently covering the cat in a blanket before picking her up and placing in a cat basket. 
If you can, it may be helpful to feed the cat short-term until the owner is found, or before a rescue charity can take him in for care?  Establishing a regular feeding pattern and location will enable the cat to be captured much quicker.

If you’re still pretty sure that the cat is a stray, then please do contact us for further advice and we’ll do our best to help.