If you have lost your cat
It is always very difficult for an owner when their cat goes missing, but it is important not to give up hope. The first thing to do should your cat go missing is thoroughly search your house and garden, looking in warm spots (under beds, in cupboards, behind wardrobes). When searching call out your cat's name and use strong food smells to lure him out. Ask neighbours to check their sheds, garages and outhouses for signs of your cat too.
If your search proves fruitless start phoning around local veterinary surgeries (an injured cat may have been handed in), phone local animal rescue organisations and the local council. You can contact us
on 01698 619219 or post a picture on our Facebook page
If your cat is microchipped it will increase the chances of it being reunited with you as vets will be able to scan the microchip. Further details of microchipping can be found at http://www.cats.org.uk/cat-care-microchipping
You could also consider placing an advert in the local paper and putting up a poster (Lost Cat Poster)
offering a reward could encourage more response. Don't give up, cats can reappear many months after disappearing. If you have found a stray cat
Given the nature of strays, we would advise that you ask your neigbours whether there is a cat missing; often cats believed to be strays do, in fact, belong to someone local. Put up posters in your local area (use a photo if you have one and include a telephone number). Poster for found cat
In many cases, we will not be able to come out and collect a stray immediately and would ask you to feed the cat until we can get someone to trap him (especially in the summer). During the winter, we will ask whether there is somewhere dry for the cat to go and food for him to eat, until we can get to you.
If a stray cat was injured we will ask the finder to take the cat to the nearest vet. Once the cat is stable and the vet confirms that it has no owner, they may contact Cats Protection and request that we take him into our care.
You could also consider placing an advert in the local paper, offering a reward could encourage more response. Don't give up, cats can reappear many months after disappearing.