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:
- all rooms
- household appliances, eg washing machines
- sheds and garages
- 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 looking thin and in poor condition, 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 on either 01438 228877, via our Facebook Page or email firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 Welfare Trust (previously known as Hula Animal Rescue) - 01908 584000 Wood Green Pets Charity - 0300 303 9333
Luna Animal Rescue 07970 800530RSPCA Herts East 01462 433369 / 07500 967145 Battersea Dogs and Cats Home - 0800 001 4444Blue Cross Kimpton - 0300 777 1844Cat Chat
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
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