Lost and Found

The Lichfield and Tamworth branch of Cats Protection keeps a register of lost and found cats in the local area. You can contact us about lost or found cats in the Lichfield or Tamworth areas, via our contact details from the Contact Us page. Our helpline number is 0345 371 2741. If there isn't a volunteer on duty on the helpline, please leave an answer message with your contact details. Alternatively you can e-mail us at enquiries@lichfield.cats.org.uk or use the online contact form on the Contact Us page.

Lost Cats

Not all cats are destined to be house cats and it’s no surprise if your moggy comes and goes throughout the day. If your return home is greeting you with little more than an untouched food bowl however, you might be feeling a little worried. Before you do anything, take a look at our advice on what to do when your cat goes missing.

It’s important to remember that even cats with a regular routine can disappear for days at a time, returning later with no hassle. Cats are notorious for hiding in small places – from wardrobes and tumble dryers to garages and outhouses. While it might seem obvious, the first thing to do should be to check around your home and garden. When it is warm, shady places are favoured by felines so it’s well worth checking outbuildings in summer time.

The next step should be to ensure your neighbours are aware. Ask them to check their property, sheds and garages and keep a look out for your missing cat.

What should I do if my cat is lost?

Keeping a list of phone numbers pinned to a board or attached to your fridge is a good idea. Download our lost cat checklist for useful contact details to use in the event of your cat going missing.

Speak to your local Cats Protection branch to find out if your cat has been listed as missing, as well as contacting any vet practices in the area. Although it is a difficult phone call to make, it is also a good idea to speaking to your local council’s Environmental Health department. They’re likely to keep a record of cats filled on the roads and although distressing, it is worth ruling it out.

How should I advertise that my cat is missing?

If you’re able to, make some flyers up to place around your local area. Include a good description of your missing cat with the gender, age, colour, breed and any distinguishing features they may have as well as a photo. Include a contact telephone number. For your safety, it’s wise not to give your address. With permission, you’ll be able to put up your flyers in local shops, vets and notice boards.

Social media sites are packed with great resources to help track down your cat, as well as offering an opportunity to advertise your missing pet. Post on the Facebook page of CatAware as well as other local animal charities. You might also want to post on your local community’s Facebook page as well as your own to attract the attention of those living in the local vicinity.

How can I find my missing cat?

If you’re still patiently waiting for your missing cat to saunter back in, you can intensify your search with our handy tips and tricks:

• If your cat has a favourite toy, try leaving it in your garden

• Cats have a strong sense of smell – try putting out your cat’s blanket or bedding to entice it out of hiding

• Cats are generally more active at night, especially in hotter weather. Go out with a family member or friend when it is dark and call for your cat by name

• Leave a bowl of water out or some food. Although you might find it attracts other animals, it is still well worth putting your cat’s favourite dish out. Try a tasty treat such as tuna to entice your missing cat from its hiding place

How can I stop my cat from going missing?

Cats are innately curious and it can be tricky to keep your cat from straying. Follow some of our great hints and tips to try and keep your cat safe:

• Keep your cat in at night. Even if your cat is particularly restless before bedtime, a little bit of exercise through playing should help them settle in for the night

• Make sure your cat is microchipped and the information is kept up to date. Cats Protection believes all owned cats, even indoor ones, should be identified in order to trace their owner should they become lost or injured

• You might want to identify your cat with a collar with your contact details attached. Cats Protection advises the use of a quick-release or snap-opening collar in preference to an elasticated one. Follow safety precautions when using cat collars; it must be fitted correctly. Two fingers should fit snuggly underneath it to prevent injury

Above all, it’s important not to give up hope. There are often tales of cats being found and reunited with owners, sometimes years after they have gone missing. For more advice, speak to our National  Information line team on 03000 12 12 12

If your cat has gone missing please give us as much information as you can about it. The cat's name, colourings, markings, where it was last seen, when it was last seen and whether it was wearing a collar/has a microchip are all helpful.  If possible, please also e-mail a picture of the cat to enquiries@lichfield.cats.org.uk. Please note that neutering is the best way to stop male cats from straying. 

All lost cats will be displayed on this website for 2 months and then removed unless you contact us. We will keep a paper log for a longer amount of time.  If your cat re-appears please also let us know as soon as possible so the website is up to date.  

There are other organisations that can help too. These include Petsearch UKPetsearch (local area site)  who offer a free service, or Animalsearch UK who operate as a business, so they may make a charge.

Found Cats

Most cats are by nature, inclined to wander - so it seems inevitable that you might come across a stray. Unlike dogs, there are very few laws that give cats legal protection and for our helpline team, one of the most frequently asked questions is what to do when finding a stray cat.

Is it a stray cat?

Cats can often appear lost and wanting for food and this doesn’t necessarily mean they are a stray. If the cat appears a healthy weight and well groomed, they might belong to someone else – worth thinking about before you take the cat in for yourself.

Ask your neighbours if they recognise the cat. There might be someone in the local area frantically searching for their lost pet. Check out local newspapers for listings of a missing cat, or post up a photo on community Facebook groups.

What should I do if I find a stray cat?

If the cat is friendly enough to approach, check if there is a collar or ID tags – if it belongs to someone, you can give them a call to arrange a happy reunion. If there are no visible signs of ownership, take the cat to your local veterinary clinic or Cats Protection branch. The cat will be scanned for a microchip and contact can be made with the registered owners. Visit our Find Us page for details of your nearest branch.

Keep the cat safe

In the meantime, keep the lost cat safe and provide it with food and clean water. It is advised not to give a cat cow’s milk as many are lactose intolerant. If you’re unable to take the cat home with you, you might want to provide it with a temporary shelter. Try a sturdy cardboard box with an old blanket or take a look at our blog post on how to build a stray cat shelter.

Advertise the found cat

Download our poster pack of printable posters to advertise the missing cat in your local area – it might just catch someone’s eye. Post a picture on your local area’s Facebook group as well as the Cats Protection page and CatAware page. Do the same on Twitter; you’re likely to reach a larger number of people if you ask your followers to retweet.

I’m worried about a stray cat’s health

A lost cat might be nervous, especially if sick and injured – so approach with caution. The safest way to move the cat is to carefully cover him in a blanket before picking him up. This keeps the cat safe as well as shielding you from claws!

If you're worried about the health of the cat, call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 (UK) or SSPCA (Scotland) on 03000 999 999. If the cat is injured, take it to the nearest veterinary practice. The RSPCA has an agreement with the British Veterinary Association (BVA) to provide initial emergency assessment and care for sick and injured animals. In all cases, you must have obtained prior authorisation by calling the RSPCA before attending the veterinary surgery.

I’ve found stray kittens. What should I do?

If you find stray kittens, you should first check that their mother is around. There might be no sign of the kitten’s mother but she may be frightened to return while you are there.

Check in a few hours and if the mother has not returned, you should call your local vet or Cats Protection branch. Give them as much detail as possible about the environment the kittens are in and they should be able to advise you on the best thing to do in this situation.

Kittens need veterinary care with worming, vaccinations and neutering before being rehomed, so it’s best to hand them into a rehoming centre as soon as possible.

I’ve accidentally hit a cat with my car. What should I do?

Unfortunately it is not unusual for cats to be involved in car accidents and although there is no law requiring you to report it, making an attempt to let the owner know is a good thing to do. If the cat is killed and you are able to pick it up, take it to a vet or rehoming centre to be scanned for a microchip. While it isn’t an easy thing to do, it’s always better for owners to know what has happened to their cat.

If the cat is alive and injured, take them to your nearest veterinary clinic. The vet should be able to find an owner or speak to a local rehoming centre to take in the cat after treatment.

How can Cats Protection help?

If you’ve had no luck in finding the lost cat’s owner, pick up the phone and speak to our National Information Line on 03000 12 12 12. They can give you the details of your nearest Cats Protection branch for a lost and found register. The Helpline team will also be able to send you some paper collars - you can also download these below. Put these on the cat with your contact details asking people to get in touch if the cat belongs to them.

Thankfully, many missing cats are reunited with their owners and in 2014, we helped reunite 3,000 cats with their owners. Unfortunately, there are cases where the cat has been abandoned and no owner will come forward. If you have no luck in finding an owner, contact your local Cats Protection branch. Our volunteers and staff will do their best to locate an owner and if no owner can be found, they’ll find a loving home for them.