Lost and Found

Is your cat missing?

If your cat or kitten has gone missing, don't despair. Most return of their own accord, sometimes several days later. However, here are some steps you can take to try and help:

Look in...

  • all rooms
  • cupboards
  • boxes
  • household appliances, eg washing machines
  • sheds and garages
  • vehicles
  • gardens
  • hedgerows - watch for snares
  • lost and found section of your local newspaper  



  • our Facebook page
  • local schools, newspapers, radio
  • local noticeboards, including a recent photograph of your missing cat
  • offer a reward


  • the earlier you report your cat is missing, the more likely is that it will be found
  • when your cat does return, DO inform any organisations who have been asked to look for it

Have you found a cat?

If you've found a cat, and think it may be a stray, you might like to consider some or all of the following:

  • if the cat is hungry, please feed it
  • if possible, take the cat to a vet who will check for a microchip, and you can ask if anyone has reported a similar cat missing
  • if no microchip is found, you could produce some small 'Cat Found' leaflets to be put in newsagents and distributed in the area it was found
  • Have a look on our Facebook page to see if any cats have been reported as missing, or publish your own post about the cat you have found.

Doing these things is often very successful in reuniting a cat with its owners and it is important that these procedures are carried out before Cats Protection takes the cat in for rehoming. Once we take in a cat, we must keep it for at least 14 days before we can rehome it.

Are you trying to rehome your cat?

Aside from Cats Protection (contact us
here), there are several other organisations locally who may be able to help.  Please remember that at certain times of the year, all animal shelters get very full and can't always help immediately.  Here are some options to try:

National Animal Centre Watford - 0208 950 0177
Scratch - 01582 650 167
Caring for Cats - 07971 031 699
Animal at Risk Peter & Maggie - 01582 728 853
Hula Animal Rescue - 01908 584 000
Woodgreen - 08701 904 090
Battersea - 0207 622 3626
Blue Cross Lupner - 01844 355 293
Blue Cross Cambridge - 01223 350 153
Blue Cross Kimpton - 01438 832 232
Blue Cross Bedford - 01993 822 483
Woodside - 01763 838 329
Animal Rescue Bishops Stortford - 01279 501 547
Feline Cat Rescue Luton - 01582 732 347
Homeless Cat Rescue - Bedfordshire - 01582 703179 / 01582 529 009 
Cat Chat

I've lost my cat

Search first. Check small spaces – everywhere from cosy cupboards to garden sheds

If your cat is microchipped, talk to Petlog on 0844 4633 999 to register your cat missing

Contact all vet practices in the area

Make and put up flyers in the local area

Use social media! Post a picture and description of your cat on your own Facebook page as well as the page of your local Facebook group

I've found a cat

Ask your neighbours if they recognise the cat – there might be someone searching for their lost pet

If the cat is sick or injured, call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 (UK), USPCA on 028 3025 1000 (NI) or SSPCA on 03000 999 999 (Scotland)

Check the cat for identification. Take it to your local vet clinic to be scanned for a microchip

Check local newspapers and Facebook community groups to see if the cat has been listed as missing